Mike Francesa: Is Tiger Woods More Lucky Than Good?

By Michael Lyle 04/06/2014

  • There's nothing like a little Tiger Woods chatter to get a good debate going about the world's top-ranked golfer.

    Woods, who will miss this year's Masters for the first time in his career, was the subject of discussion Friday on Mike Francesa's popular sports-talk show on WFAN Radio in New York and on FOX Sports 2.

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    Francesa engaged in a quick dialogue with a caller on whether or not Woods' 14 majors were attributed to more luck than skill.

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    "There's no question that Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of his generation, but I've always thought that going back to the late 90's, 2000's, that like some athletes he's had a lot of luck," the caller said. "I maintain that in four or five of his majors, he hit like two or three 25-foot putts that 9 out of 10 times he would miss so that he might really just have 8 or 9 majors."

    But Francesa disagreed, saying that Woods should be recognized for accomplishing so much in a circuit that is extremely tough to succeed in.

    "It's hard to win on the tour," said Francesa. "He's got 79 wins, which is a lot of wins, an outrageous amount of wins. That's a tough one."

    In a season full of setbacks, Woods' latest injury has raised questions on whether or not he'll have a shot at the all-time record of 18 majors held by Jack Nicklaus. But the top-ranked player has maintained that he can regroup in enough time to make a run at the milestone. That would hopefully start with the second of the four majors, the U.S. Open, on June 12 at Pinehurst.

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