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It’s difficult to imagine how a season that includes four PGA Tour victories before the middle of May can be considered a disappointment.
When talking about Tiger Woods, however, the expectations are different, and so are the standards by which he is judged.
With Tiger, it’s about the majors, and by that standard, 2013 hasn't been what many expected it would.
In three tries this year, Tiger has failed to capture a major, and as a result, his drought has now reached 17 starts.
To be fair, Woods was in contention in two of the three majors, but by his own standards, it’s not enough to contend; winning is the only measure of success for Tiger.
At the Open Championship a week ago, Woods entered the final round two shots back but struggled on Sunday and ended up finishing in a tie for sixth, five shots behind Phil Mickelson.
Woods was also in contention at the Masters, but his top-five finish was overshadowed by the controversy around his bad drop on the 15th hole during the second round.
Things weren't much better at the U.S. Open last month, where a relatively weak short game and a sprained elbow led Woods to a 13-over finish, his worst-ever showing in a major as a professional.
The world’s top-ranked golfer has one more opportunity to turn 2013 around and win that elusive 15th major championship.
If Woods should claim the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club next month, his season will be an absolute success.
If his major-less streak heads to 18 starts, however, not even Tiger will want to hear about his PGA Tour wins in 2013—no matter how many he ends up with.