5 Signs Tiger Woods Will Break His Majors Drought in 2013

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2013

5 Signs Tiger Woods Will Break His Majors Drought in 2013

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    Golf fans have been waiting for Tiger Woods to make his return to winner's circle since 2008.

    No, we're not talking about regular tour events, but golf's crown jewels—the major championships.

    It's been a long dry spell for Tiger, and lesser men would have collapsed from the pressure and the scrutiny.

    But despite his personal issues that played out in front of the whole world and plenty of health issues, Tiger may be ready to get back on top. He finished No. 2 on the money-earned list a year ago and may be able to take it a step further this year.

    Here's a look at five positive signs for Tiger winning at least one major championship this year.

2012 Performance

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    Tiger Woods wasn't just good in 2012; he was sensational.

    He was not the top golfer on the PGA Tour, but he was clearly the runner-up to Rory McIlroy, and that means he sent notice that he is out to reclaim the top spot in the golf world.

    Woods won three tournaments in 2012 and made the cut in 16 of 19 tournaments he entered. He had nine Top 10 finishes.

    He earned more than $6.1 million in prize money, and he finished more than $1 million ahead of the tour's third-best golfer, Brandt Snedeker.

    Woods does not want to be the second-best golfer in the world, but that's a good jumping-off point when you want to get back to being the best.

Sensational Start in 2013

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    Tiger Woods has played in one official PGA Tour event in 2013.

    He entered the Farmers Insurance Open in late January, and he won the event with an overwhelming performance.

    Woods shot a 14-under par 274 and earned $1,098,000 for his victory. He shot a 65 in the second round to help him build a huge lead, and he was never challenged.

    Woods and Rory McIlroy are both entered in the Honda Classic, and that could be an indication of how their duel during the upcoming majors will play out.


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    This may be the most important factor when it comes to Tiger Woods getting back in the winner's circle.

    He's healthy and ready to compete.

    That was also true last year, but he played a full season and there were not problems with his knees, ankles or his Achilles tendon. All of these have been major problems for Woods in the past.

    A look at Woods' medical history reveals he has had serious orthopedic issues since 2002 and they have been a consistent problem since 2007 (source: utsandiego.com).

    Two healthy seasons in a row could set the stage for a return to dominance in golf's major tournaments.


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    It all comes down to motivation.

    For some golfers, it's the motivation to earn their tour card. For others, it's to stay on tour and not get demoted.

    For some at the top of the class, it's about getting to the winner's circle and learning what it takes to beat the best golfers in the world. It may only be one tournament, but being the best in the world in one particular weekend is a notable achievement.

    Becoming a top 10 golfer would make most golfers' careers worthwhile.

    But for Woods, he wants to be the best in the world. You can't be the best in the world if you don't win the major tournaments.

    He has climbed back up the mountain and shown he can play with the best in the world. Now he must show he can defeat the best when it matters most.

    That's huge motivation for Tiger Woods.

All-Time Best

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    Tiger Woods has been stuck on 14.

    That's the number of major victories he has had in his career. He hasn't added to his total since winning the 2008 U.S. Open, in a memorable playoff victory over Rocco Mediate (source: Golf.com).

    The number Woods wants is 18. That's the number of major victories earned by Jack Nicklaus.

    Nicklaus is arguably the greatest golfer in the history of the game. Woods would like to take that unofficial title away from The Golden Bear.

    To do that, he has to reach or exceed 18 major championships. 2013 would be the right time for Woods to get back in the winner's circle.

    He's healthy, motivated and his game is in a good place. Woods is also 37. In future years, it may be more difficult for him to win the biggest tournaments against the best golfers in the world.

    This should be the year that he gets his championship drive going again the majors.