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Montgomerie believes aggression key to curing Tiger Woods’ major drought
Colin Montgomerie believes that Tiger Woods needs to show more aggression in his game to finally end his winless streak in major championships.
Woods hasn’t tasted success in a major since the 2008 US Open, but has a good record at this year’s venues having won four US Masters titles at Augusta, The Open at Hoylake in 2006 and the 2000 US PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Montgomerie, when speaking with BBC Radio Five Live, said: “He also came a close runner-up the last time the US Open was staged at Pinehurst. I thought last year was important for Tiger Woods to win a major and he's running out of time, there's no doubt, to beat Jack Nicklaus' record in majors (Woods has 14, Nicklaus won 18).
“The trouble with Tiger is that he just has not been aggressive enough over the weekends. He has played safe golf - he hasn't attacked. The safe game now has gone. This is a very aggressive game we play now.
“When he first came on the scene he was 30, 40 yards past everyone, now he's sometimes 30 yards behind. That's a big difference and therefore he cannot win majors playing safe anymore.”
And he could be right. Tiger has recorded nine top-ten finishes since his last major success came in a play-off with Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines, but not taken the trophy on any of those occasion.
Padraig Harrington also believes that Tiger Woods has the ability to overcome Jack Nicklaus’ stellar record. He said: “I do agree the less he wins then the harder it gets. He is starting again - it's like he's never won one.
“I just believe, though, that because he has competed so much, if he gets one then the others will come reasonably soon after and he will get there.”