PGA Championship 2012: 5 Holes Where It All Went Wrong for Tiger Woods

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PGA Championship 2012: 5 Holes Where It All Went Wrong for Tiger Woods
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When the sun rose on Saturday morning at this year's last three major championships, Tiger Woods woke up with a victory firmly in his sights.

Fast starts over the first two days at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship left him in a tie for the lead with 36 holes to go, and at the Open Championship he was only four shots back and two spots off first.

The ultimate weekend warrior in the past, Woods seemed primed to make a run for the trophy all three times. He was the guy to surge on major championship weekends, while others faded and could only lay in his wake.

In 2012 though, a new, more fragile, Tiger emerged. At the U.S. Open, he not only lost the lead but ultimately fell out of the top 20 with a dismal final 36 holes where he took barely less than 150 strokes.

His weekend at Great Britain's version of the Open was more promising, but a Sunday triple-bogey on six and a final-day three-over-par 73 sunk his chances even on a day when Adam Scott's collapse left the door open.

Finally, was the past two days at the PGA. Tied for the lead coming into Day Three and with his experiences at the previous two majors a nice learning curve, Woods seemed poised to get major No. 15 in his third great chance of 2012.

Alas, he duplicated his mistakes. Woods crumbled to a third-round 74 (which could've been worse) and mounted no charge in his final-round 72.

It makes the viewer wonder, where exactly did Woods go wrong?

His game was there over the opening days, but matters changed as the days went on.

Which hole was the main culprit in Woods' demise?

Here are the five prime suspects.

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