Masters Tournament 2012: Tiger's First Major Win in 4 Years

Joseph SeymourContributor IIIFebruary 6, 2012

Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters
Tiger Woods at the 2005 MastersDavid Cannon/Getty Images

On June 16th, 2008, Tiger Woods hoisted the U.S. Open Championship trophy at Torrey Pines treacherous South Course. This was his last Major victory, one that he won while suffering from torn ligaments in his left knee. 

He defeated Rocco Mediate on the first hole in sudden-death after the two had tied in the 18-hole playoff.

Fast forward four years after the surgery, martial woes, a new swing coach and a new swing, and Tiger Woods looks to be back to where he wants to be: playing well enough to compete in the Majors.

Tiger Woods and the Masters have a long and fruitful history together.  Tiger won his first Major at Augusta in 1997 and three more in '01, '02 and '05.

Since his win in 1997, Tiger hasn't placed outside of the top 25 in any year at the Masters.  Even in 2010 and 2011, when he was struggling with his game, he posted back-to-back T4 finishes.

Tiger is coming off of a strong finish in 2011, where he won his tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, by one stroke over Zach Johnson.

He started 2012 in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he finished in a tie for third, two shots behind the winner Robert Rock.  His game looked solid enough, minus his play off the tee box.

Tiger has got the momentum going that he needs to play well at Augusta.  He has a few more tournaments ahead of him to warm up, including this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. If he can tame his drives and card some decent finishes at Pebble Beach and some of the upcoming World Golf Championship events, then Tiger will be on the prowl when April and the Masters come around.