GULLANE, Scotland (Reuters) - Tiger Woods is too old to ever regain the invincibility he once enjoyed but everybody in golf should be grateful for the contribution the 14-times major champion has made to the game, highly-regarded coach Peter Cowen has told Reuters.
Woods, who will be 40 in December, has been struggling for form heading into next week's British Open at St Andrews, where he won the Claret Jug by eight shots in 2000 and only a slightly less commanding five strokes in 2005.
Those days of dominance are now long gone, however, and Cowen, who has tutored some of Europe's best golfers including Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood, thinks it is too late for the American to ever get them back.
"If there is one important thing that makes any sportsperson look ordinary and that is age," Cowen told Reuters at the Scottish Open.
"You can't do anything about a person's age. That invincibility diminishes with age and it has to. But then once you lose that invincibility how do you get it back? "In all my years of coaching, I have not seen one player get back that invincibility."
Cowen said that the younger players no longer feared Woods and that the generational shift in golf is