Tiger Woods: Going for Win Number 63

John LewisSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2008

Having not lost a golf tournament in nearly six months, Tiger Woods is getting ready to play in the Accenture Match Play Championship. 

While talking to reporters, Woods was asked if he'd ever thought about going through a season undefeated.  Woods response was, "I did once, a long time ago.  When I was 11, I won 36 tournaments that year." 

But on the PGA tour, the world's number one knows it's too difficult to win them all.

Woods, who plays J.B. Holmes in the first round, knows a thing or two about losing in the first rounds at these events. 

He's the only number one seed to ever lose in the first round since this tournament began in 1999—in 2002 he was bounced out by Peter O'Malley.  But since finishing in second place on September 3 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Woods has won his last five tournaments. 

Woods' opponent, J.B. Holmes is already a winner this year and will give Tiger a game.  Phil Mickelson, the world's number two, will square off against Pat Perez and number three-ranked Steve Stricker will play Daniel Chopra. 

The field consists of only 20 Americans, the fewest since the event began.  Woods is the only player to win this event twice, in 2003 and 2004.

If Woods wins this event, it would be his 63rd career win—passing Arnold Palmer for fourth on the all-time wins list.  Up next on the all-time wins list is Ben Hogan with 64, a total that Woods should pass in a few tournaments.  Once Woods wins his 65th tournament, that would leave him seven shy of tying Jack Nicklaus for second all-time, and 10 shy of tying Sam Sneed.