Colin Montgomerie has warned Tiger Woods that he may find the winning habit hard to come by the longer his drought continues and the Scot feels the era of domination of the former world No. 1 is over.
Woods has gone through the whole of 2010 without a victory and showed he is still short of his peak by letting a four-shot lead slip away before losing in a play-off to Graeme McDowell in the Chevron World Challenge.
There were signs during the World Challenge that Woods was on the right path but Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup captain has insisted that losing can quickly become a nasty habit to shake off.
“His reaction after his Chevron event showed how important getting a win is for him,” Montgomerie told the Daily Mirror. “He wasn’t able to finish that off and I know myself from having a lean period between wins that it is difficult to win again. You have to do things to make a change – I changed to Mizuno golf clubs when I had a lean spell, and it does affect your game.”
“It was difficult for Tiger but at the same time I expect him to be winning next year. I think he will get over this and learn from the defeat.”
Montgomerie believes Woods can beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors, but feels his era of dominance is a thing of the past.
“You’ll see Tiger win majors again,” he said. “I am still convinced he will get to 18 and possibly 19. But I don’t think you will see him winning two or three majors a year.”