Tiger Woods and the inevitable decline of the 1970s geniuses


Tiger Woods (74), Vijay Singh (75), Bernhard Langer (75) and Jose Maria Olazabal (77) couldn’t do much against on Thursday, when weather conditions favoured the new generation golfers.

The victims were all the players whose game is already being weighed down by age, including the megastar Woods, who has been walking with a noticeable limp in his left leg and who has to invent another strategy to be able to secure holes.

None of those born before 1980 occupies one of the top 25 positions in the tournament. Fred Couples (63) and Phil Mickelson (52) were among the three dozen who finished under par at the Augusta National.

Woods made two greens to three putts in the first five holes and that already made his round turn uphill. Although he closed with another bogey, the two consecutive birdies (15 and 16) left him with a decent round and with the hope that the bad weather will give more opportunities to golfers like him, whose performances mostly depends on their skills.

Masters champions have an average age of 32.1 and Woods is way past this mark. Meanwhile, after Kevin Na and Will Zalatoris retired, there are more foreigners (44) than Americans (42) left in the tournament.

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