Tiger Woods couldn’t have arrived at the 2013 PGA Championship a bigger favorite. He hardly could've limped away from Oak Hill Country Club a larger failure.
Woods entered the season’s final major fresh off a dominant victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week. He tied a career best by shooting a 61 at Firestone, his lowest round since 2005, announcing with authority his intention of ending a five-year drought in major championships.
And with five PGA Tour victories under his belt this year as well as the No. 1 ranking in the world, Woods seemed more prepared than ever to capture his 15th career major.
But for the 18th straight time, Tiger proved to be more promise than production.
Woods was never right or ever in the mix at Oak Hill. He finished the championship at four over, a mile away from the leaders and even further removed from the once-dominant form that earned him 14 major championships.
Woods didn’t make a putt that mattered all week. He avoided his driver like the plague and still couldn’t find the fairway often enough to allow his deadly iron play to attack Oak Hill’s vulnerable greens.
Taken as a whole, his performance was among the worst in the 18 starts since he last won a major championship in 2008.
That U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines seems like a lifetime ago for Woods, who has now seen his once-streaking quest to best Jack Nicklaus’ 18 career majors go so far off the rails that many wonder if it can ever be restarted.
Like so many majors before, the 2013 PGA Championship ended with frustration, doubt and ever-surging questions. But does Oak Hill stand as the most disheartening setback in his five-year major drought?
Read on to find Tiger's lowest lows of this fruitless stretch, listed from the least disappointing to most.