Nick Faldo: The beast will beat the Tiger

Tiger Woods assessing shot

Tiger Woods will not capture his 16th major title at this week’s PGA Championship at Bethpage, according to the legendary Nick Faldo.

Woods gave fans one of the greatest sporting moments in history when he claimed the Masters at Augusta last month and is among the favourites to pick up another victory on Sunday.

It is also the same course where Woods led from start to finish on his way to winning the 2002 US Open when he was the only player to finish under par.

While saying that Woods’ “intimidation factor” is certainly back in full swing, six-time major winner Faldo feels the American will struggle in Bethpeg, describing the course as a brute”.

Faldo said in quotes published by the Independent: “Tiger has still got the intimidation factor now we know he is kind of all right.

“Before you could look at him and say ‘He has got enough to worry about with his own game. I don’t need to worry about him’.

“Now it is ‘Wow, he can play, he can really play’. He has shown it. And to have some of that incredible nerve, 11 years on from winning his last major, I don’t know how you do that.

“That is pretty special, to have the bottle to hang on to those putts, all those chip shots at Augusta, that was seriously impressive.”

Asked if that meant he thought Woods would walk away with victory this week, Faldo added: “No, no, no. He is not going to win. Bethpage will beat Tiger this week. It’s a brute. The beast will beat the Tiger.”