But since his 2008 win at the U.S. Open, it's safe to say Woods has been pulling the "close, but no cigar" card far too often. And if Woods knows what's best for him and his legacy, he won't let down fans at this year's Championship.
Through one round and six holes, Woods is at five-under par and atop the leaderboard. Gary Woodland trails at four-under par and is tied with Japanese talent Ryo Ishikawa and veteran Vijay Singh in second-place. Both Woodland and Ishikawa have finished eight holes on the day while Singh has completed both days of action.
The key for Woods will be to come into the weekend, or at least Sunday, ahead of the pack. He has won all 14 majors with a lead heading into the final day. This is to say he has never come from behind to claim a major.
It is of the utmost necessity for Woods to win a major at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort because it has been too many majors without a victory for the "World's most talented" golfer.
There is no real sign of panic just yet for Tiger, but eventually something has got to give. Nicklaus played five more years than the 19 Woods has, and so there is time for Woods to capture the five majors he needs to surpass Nicklaus.
Yet it will take one win to get Woods going, and it is that first major of the five that seems the most difficult to win.
Because it has been four years since Woods has captured a major and it comes at no surprise. With every season that passes, it becomes all the more difficult for Woods to build the confidence to win a 15th title.
However, after an especially strong showing at the British Open, where one hole ultimately tarnished his chances, Woods now has the opportunity to get over the hump. He finally possesses the confidence in his putting and driving game that can bring him back to greatness.
Expect Woods to make as great a push as he has all season long in any major, as it is difficult to believe that this tremendous season will have Woods at no major wins when it's all said and done.
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