Tiger Woods: What Tiger Must Do for 15th Major

Luis BatlleContributor IJune 12, 2012

DALY CITY, CA - JUNE 12:  Tiger Woods of the United States smiles during a practice round prior to the start of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 12, 2012 in Daly City, California.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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The greatest player to ever grace the game of golf tied Jack Nicklaus with 73 titles, and now has his sights set on a 15th major victory.

In what will be as competitive a major as Woods has been a part of, it will take several different key adjustments to his game and fully utilizing what makes him such a special talent to take home the 2012 U.S. Open trophy.

After winning six of his 14 majors from 2005-2008, Woods has been held without a major championship. Oddly enough, his last major title came in 2008 with a U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines.

These are the three things Woods must do in order to win his first major title since the 2008 U.S. Open.

Continue His Strong Putting Game

At Muirfield Village, Woods' putting performance was as strong as it has been in recent years.

Woods averaged 1.8 puts per green throughout the Memorial tournament, which was the major reason he was able to put himself on top of the field.

Taking his top-notch putting skills to the Olympic Club will be key, especially in the later rounds.

San Francisco, CA - JUNE 12:  Amateur Cameron Wilson (R) of the United States watches his tee shot alongside Tiger Woods (L) of the United States during a practice round prior to the start of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 12, 2012 in San
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Keep Off-the-Field Issues In the Back Pocket

The look in his eyes at Memorial said it all: Woods is back.

Mentally, Tiger is as with it as he has been since before his off-the-field problems came into play.

The two wins in his last five tournaments are major indicators that Woods is back and focused. Woods picked up wins at both the Memorial and Arnold Palmer tournaments.

If Woods can keep his focus throughout the Open, there is no question he is as feared a competitor as any in the field.

Put Forth a Strong Second Round

They might as well refer to him as the "second-round killer."

Tiger Woods is notorious for being slow to come out of the gates, yet he is also as strong a second-round player as there is in major tournaments.

In spite of producing scores of at least 70 in the first round of seven of his 14 major titles, he has managed to consistently post remarkable second-round scores. Woods has never scored higher than a 69 the second round of any of his career major victories.

More recently, in his victory at the 2012 Memorial tournament, his second-round 69 came after posting a score of 70 in the first round. Make no mistake about it, Day 2 will be a significant indicator of just how well Woods will finish at the Olympic Club.