Tiger's misery extended at Oak Hill
By Jim Slater ,AFPROCHESTER, United States -- Tiger Woods says he is unconcerned about another year passing without another major win, but his bid to break the all-time record of Jack Nicklaus is clearly in jeopardy.
August 13, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
World number one Woods spent much of Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship touring the trees and testing the thick rough at Oak Hill's 7,163-yard layout on his way to a par-70 to finish 72 holes on four-over par 284.
Woods finished in a share of 40th to match his worst 72-hole professional result in a major from last year's Masters, one spot worse than his share of 39th at the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
The 14-time major champion, chasing the record 18 major wins by Nicklaus, has not won a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open.
And while Woods shared fourth at the Masters and sixth at the British Open this year, he has not broken 70 in his past 16 weekend rounds at a major.
“I was close in the two of them,” Woods said of his year at the majors.
“Certainly had a chance to win the Masters and the British this year. The other two, I just didn't hit it good enough. Just the way it goes.
“Is it concerning? No. I've been in half of them. So that's about right. If you are going to be in three-quarters or half of them with a chance to win on the back nine, you have just got to get it done.”
Contending in only two majors a year being “about right” is a far cry from the dominance Woods once showed, having won four majors in a row starting at the 2000 U.S. Open.
Woods, who turns 38 in December, faces a crucial stretch in his pursuit of Nicklaus as he has won major titles on courses where five of the next seven majors will be held — two at Augusta National, one at next year's PGA Championship venue Valhalla and one each at the next two British Open venues, Hoylake and St. Andrews.
And his drought will have stretched to nearly six years before his next major opportunity comes again at the Masters next April.
“We have a long way to go to that and I have a lot of golf to play between now and then,” Woods said.