Prediction: Tiger Woods will never win another major. He’ll remain at 14 and not catch Jack Nicklaus’ 17. Here’s why. The unfolding of a great athlete’s talent is an unbroken event in time. But if the unfolding is interrupted, as Woods’ so spectacularly was, the athlete can never return to the first event, the time of his talent’s seamless unfolding. If he does resume his competitive golf career, the return itself creates a second event in time. The difficulty for him is that the second event includes the first one in it, but it is only the first that is pure with the original burning desire to become a great golfer. The second event is a paler version of the first. It not only has the interruption in it, but also is weakened by the memory of the original desire and effort. The result? Into the space between the first and second event, at odd moments a mental glitch, a split second of thought, throws the concentration and the coordination off. Thought wasn’t there the first time, when it was all desire and effort and forward movement; there was no memory and no thought shaking the edges of the mind. The effect is like a wheel that’s slightly off its rail, or an off-center axle. This matters if you’re playing at the highest level of your sport, as Tiger Woods is. All of which means, I think, that there’s a part of him that doesn’t have it anymore. And there’s nothing he can do to get it back. Maybe he’s even lost something that has to do with his love of golf.