Southport, England: Golf is unlikely ever to be dominated again by a single player in the way that Tiger Woods ruled the sport, world number three Jordan Spieth said on Tuesday ahead of this week’s British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Spieth has come the closest to any player of repeating the kind of dominance that Woods enjoyed, producing a magnificent 2015 season when he captured the US Masters and US Open titles and came close to winning the Open and U.S. PGA Championship.
But the 23-year-old American was unable to maintain that extraordinary level of performance in 2016 and says those hoping for a new king of golf may be waiting in vain.
“I wouldn’t get your hopes up. What Tiger’s done, I just — having experienced a year like he continued to do for years. It just takes a lot out of you. It’s very tough to do,” he said. “Guys are winning younger, playing more fearless, even in major championships, and I just think that it’s so difficult now. I wouldn’t get your hopes up for a domination like that whatsoever.”
However, the Texan believes that the sport will still provide plenty of drama even without an undisputed number one.
“I think it’s going to be a very exciting time. You’ll see a group of 10-to-12 guys over the next 15, 20 years that are going to have a lot of different competitions that come down the stretch with each other,” he added.