If Tiger Woods wants to get his game back on track, he needs to return to the lessons his father taught him.
That’s what Arnold Palmer says in Men in Green, the new book from Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Bamberger.
In an interview recounted in the book, Palmer tells Bamberger, “As long as Tiger stuck to the routine that his father had laid out for him, he was going to succeed. Had he continued to do that, he probably could have established a record that would never have been broken.”
Since Earl Woods died in May 2006, Tiger has won four major titles: the 2006 British Open and PGA Championship, the 2007 PGA Championship and the 2008 U.S. Open. But he has not won another major since that Open seven years ago.
“After his father died, and without getting into what happened and why it happened, Tiger got into other things,” Palmer says in the book. “He went away from the routine and the work ethic that was so natural for him. It’s happened before. It has something to do with the psychological effect of the game.”
Tiger won five events in 2013 but has struggled with injuries since then and has fallen to 104th in the world ranking.
Palmer, who learned the game from his father, Deacon, thinks it’s possible for Tiger to regain his form but not likely.
“If he doesn’t try to go back to where he was five or six years ago, he will get worse instead of better,” Palmer told Bamberger. “Could he go back to where he was? He could. Do I think he will? No.”
Men in Green is available on April 7 in bookstores and on Amazon.