Tiger Woods: 5 Reasons Woods Will Rebound at 2012 British Open
Tiger Woods has been unable to quench his historic drought in PGA Tour majors since the company shredded their contract with him. But in all seriousness, Woods doesn’t need the energy drink to rise to the occasion in the 2012 British Open. Expect Tiger to finally end his slump this weekend.
Here are five reasons why he’ll pull it off despite being G-less.
5. He's Due
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If you would’ve told me back in June of 2008 that Tiger Woods wouldn’t win a single major over the next four years, I would’ve pointed at you and laughed obnoxiously.
Previously, the longest drought of Tiger’s career lasted from the 2002 U.S. Open to the 2005 Masters. His current drought has shattered his past slump.
Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. He’s due. It’s a clichéd phrase, especially in the world of sports, but he has to win eventually, right?
4. Home-Course Advantage
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No, Tiger Woods wasn’t born in the United Kingdom nor did he grow up there. Despite those facts, Woods is more comfortable in the British Open than any other major.
According to Bob Harig of ESPN.com, Woods admitted that the Open Championship is his favorite major tournament and Royal Lytham & St Annes is one of his favorite golf courses.
Tiger has won the British Open three times in his career. Sunday, July 22nd will mark his fourth.
3. Awareness of Obstacles
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Tiger Woods is confident playing in the British Open, but he isn’t overconfident.
Alan Fraser and Derek Lawrenson of the Daily Mail reported that when Tiger was asked about Lytham’s rough on Sunday, he responded:
It’s just that you can’t get out of it. The bottom six inches is so lush. The wispy stuff, we’ve always faced that at every British Open. But that bottom six inches, in some places it’s almost unplayable. I’ve never seen the rough this high or thick and dense.
Woods is aware of exactly what he must do this weekend to avoid yet another letdown.
2. No. 1 Is Within Reach
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Tiger smells blood.
Once again, the ranking of the world’s No. 1 golfer is nearly in his grasp.
In just late-2011, Woods was ranked No. 58 in the world. Now, he’s back up to No. 4 and is in position to regain his title as the best golfer on the planet.
According to Sky Sports, if Tiger wins, Luke Donald would be forced to either finish second or third, or Woods would leapfrog him in the standings.
1. It's Do or Die
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For crying out loud, until Tiger wins another major tournament, every major that he participates in is do-or-die.
Again, he hasn’t won a major since 2008. Woods is currently four major victories behind Jack Nicklaus. At 36 years old, he isn’t on a strong pace to catch him, let alone pass him.
If Tiger ever wants to be regarded as the greatest golfer ever, he must start coming up big on the game’s biggest stages. Woods will hear Father Time knocking on his door this weekend and will respond with a triumph to hold him off, because he has to.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.