Tiger Woods: Predicting His 2012 PGA Majors Finishes

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2012

Tiger Woods: Predicting His 2012 PGA Majors Finishes

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    After Tiger Woods won the Chevron Invitational a lot was said, if it was a charity event, if none of the big guns were in the field and so on.

    Woods' title also brought another subject to the table, one concerning major championships. Only four major victories shy from Jack Nicklaus' record, will Tiger prove he has what it takes to win another grand slam title this season or will he have wait another year?

The Masters

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    Tiger has played every Masters tournament since 1995 and only missed the cut once, in his Masters debut (1996).

    He has won it four times (1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005) and holds the lowest winning score (-18) record; he is also the youngest to receive the green jacket, both in 1997.

    If Woods is to win a major in 2012, this is where he has more chances. Since the 2005 edition Tiger hasn't finished worse than tied for sixth.

    My prediction: tied for second. He will contend and become a factor, but still won't make it.

U.S. Open

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    Tiger missed, for the first time in his career, the U.S. Open in 2011, due to knee and Achilles tendon injuries.

    But just a few missed him. Rory McIlroy played his A game and broke several records, including Tiger's in relation to par score (Rors shot 16 under, four shots better than Woods in 2002).

    The last time Tiger hoisted a major championship trophy was precisely at the U.S. Open, back in 2008, when he defeated Rocco Mediate in a three-hole playoff.

    Woods has won the U.S. Open three times (2000, 2002 and 2008), records seven top-5 finishes, eight top tens and has missed the cut once (2006).

    My prediction: he will finished inside the top ten, between seven and 10, but won't be a contender.

The Open Championship

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    He had back-to-back wins when it was held at St. Andrews (2005) and Royal Liverpool Golf Club (2006). The first time he hoisted the Claret Jug was in 2000, when he set a record for all major championships with a 19 under 72-hole score.

    Despite it all, Tiger hasn't had a walk in the park in the last five editions (2007-2001). His record looks like this: T12, DNP (injury), CUT, T23, DNP (injury). This won't be the season when Woods wins it again.

    My prediction: he'll finish inside the top-20, I'd say between 12 and 15.

PGA Championship

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    Woods has won this major four times (1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007), but hasn't been as consistent as in The Masters.

    Aside from his victories, he records four more top-10 finishes, three top thirties and a top-40. He missed it in 2008, due to injury, and missed the cut in 2011.

    He shares the record for lowest 72-hole score (18 under), along with Bob May. And is one win away from joining Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to win the PGA Championship five times.

    My prediction: he will finished inside the top-20, between the 14 and 17.