62 Months and Counting
By mustang6560 on 8/14/13


The 2013 PGA Tour season isn't technically over until September, however, for all intents and purposes, Tiger Woods' season is over.

Despite winning five times (Farmers, WGC-Cadillac, Arnold Palmer, Players, and WGC-Bridgestone), the current world number one finished his fifth consecutive season without winning a major championship.

Since winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Tiger has amassed nine top 10 finishes in the the majors including a runner-up finish at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine and a T3 at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham, but he's failed to get over the hump to inch closer to Jack Nicklaus.

All of that will change next year, according to Jon Ackerman, as the Open Championship and the PGA Championship return to venues Tiger has won at.
So Tiger Woods didn't capture a major in 2013. He finished well out of contention at this week's PGA Championship, the last of the year. He remains stuck on 14 in his career, four shy of matching Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Woods' major-less drought will stretch to six years.

But it's going to end in 2014. In fact, not only will it end, Woods will snag Nos. 15 and 16 next year.

. . .

From there he moves to Royal Liverpool in England. The last time the Open Championship was hosted there, in 2006, Woods collected his third Claret Jug. He finished 18-under and two strokes ahead of Chris DiMarco.

Then there's the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla, the Louisville course that last put on the PGA in 2000. The winner? Woods in a playoff over Bob May. Remember the time Tiger stroked a putt, then followed it toward the hole while pointing at it? That was at Valhalla. That putt forced the playoff and carried a pumped-up Woods on to the win.
In addition to a favorable 2014 major championship schedule, 2015 will also be a Tiger-friendly major championship season, too. The Open Championship returns to the Old Course at St. Andrews and he's won two out of the last three Opens played there (2000 and 2005).

If Tiger wants to surpass Jack, then he'll have to capitalize on his chances over the next two years.


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[ comments ]
GolfSmith7 says:
Its all mental with Tiger at this point. You don't go from blowing away the field the previous weekend to looking clueless the next just because its a major unless its mental. The 15th major is proving to be the hardest once he gets over the hump 16 & 17 should be easier. The 18th may prove to be hassle as well. I am rooting for him but have to admit I am a bit surprised he didn't win one this year considering he has 5 other wins.
8/14/13
 
slimpks1850 says:
I said before the last 2 majors I didn't think Tiger should be thought of as the big time favorite he was - going in. He left each looking... not so "Tiger-like". He's not the Tiger that won those other majors. He's different. His next major will be his most difficult to obtain.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.
8/14/13
 
mjaber says:
Recent history does not support Mr. Ackerman's hypothesis.

US Open:
2002 @ Bethpage- Winner- Tiger Woods
2009 @ Behtpage- Winner- Lucas Glover (Not Tiger Woods)

2000 @ Pebble Beach- Winner- Tiger Woods
2010 @ Pebble Beach- Winner- Graeme McDowell (Not Tiger Woods)

The Open Championship:

2005 @ St. Andrews- Winner- Tiger Woods
2010 @ St. Andrews- Winner- Louis Oosthuizen (not Tiger Woods)
8/14/13
 
mjaber says:
It is possible he will win, but this same argument has been made every time a major has returned to a venue that Tiger has won at. It hasn't happened yet, and I don't see any reason to think it will start now. I don't think the venue of the major really matters to Tiger. He wants to win majors and catch Jack. It makes no difference where it is.
8/14/13
 
legitimatebeef says:
I'm tired of all this Tiger major championship talk. I mean this "streak" has gone on so long, is it even a story anymore? The weight of expectations isn't just heavy on Tiger--it's dragging me down too as a golf fan. Yeah sure the guy played awesome back in the day but people change, situations change. Let's stop hand-wringing over Tiger and obsessing over past results. Because in doing so we miss out on the present moment. And that is what living life is all about, am I right or am I wrong.
8/14/13
 
bducharm says:
@beef - YOU ARE RIGHT! I too am tired of this - let's enjoy the majors when they come. If he does, he does! I REALLY enjoyed Jason Dufner's performance on Sunday!!!
8/14/13
 
Wes11point5 says:
I mean really, he wasn't even wearing an all red shirt on Sunday.
8/14/13
 
Sparker1969 says:
So he could sweep the "Playoffs," break Snead's record and 2013 would still be regarded as a failure?
8/14/13
 
mmontisano says:
they both had the same amount of majors at the age of 37, so can everyone please calm down please?

www.tigerwoodsvjacknicklaus.com/
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