Tiger Woods Fans Should Be Cautious If He Wins Bridgestone Invitational 2013

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Tiger Woods Fans Should Be Cautious If He Wins Bridgestone Invitational 2013
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We should all know the drill by now. Tiger Woods reminds us just how dominant he can be in a tournament prior to a major and subsequently enters said major as the overwhelming favorite.

A week later, we're wondering what went wrong and why the world's best player didn't win one of the sport's biggest events. 

Pardon me for jumping to conclusions as it pertains to the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, but after Woods' nine-under 61 on Friday, he should walk on the course with Jay-Z and Kanye's "Who Gon Stop Me" blaring before he tees off for the third round.

The tournament is only half done, but barring an epic collapse, Woods has already wrapped this thing up. He owns a seven-shot lead over the next closest competitor, but before we start talking about a fifth PGA championship and the 15th major, we must remember we've been down this road before.

Woods last won a major in 2008. Since then, he has won the last tournament he's competed in prior to a major seven times. The best he's placed in the following major in any of those instances was a second-place finish at the PGA Championship in 2009 after he won the Bridgestone that year.

Winning Before the Major is Nice...But
Tournament Won Prior to Major Finish at Following Major
2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational Tied for sixth at 2009 Masters
2009 Memorial Tied for sixth at 2009 U.S. Open
2009 AT&T National Missed cut at 2009 British Open
2009 WGC Bridgestone Invitational Second place at 2009 PGA Championship
2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational Tied for 40th at 2012 Masters
2012 Memorial Tied for 21st at U.S. Open
2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational Tied for fourth at 2013 Masters

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Tiger has told us before, second place sucks—at least when you're Tiger. This has nothing to do with money, of course. This is all about legacy and accomplishment. No other player is judged on this scale, but it is Woods' brilliance that has raised the bar so high.

Despite the normal pressures of winning a major tournament, the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., the site of this year's PGA Championship, is no walk in the park.

The last time the tournament was held at Oak Hill was in 2003. Shaun Micheel won the event and Tiger finished a disappointing plus-12 for the tournament, good for a tie for 39th.

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Young Tiger struggling at Oak Hill in 2003

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That was 10 years ago, but when you combine Woods' recent history in majors with the only comparable trip to the course, there is clear reason for fans to pump the brakes on the Woods Wins in Rochester bandwagon.

We can't ignore just how good Tiger has been for most of the year. He's the No. 1-ranked player in the world, he's leading in FedEx points and no one has more wins on tour this year.

Still, there is a big difference between winning the Bridgestone in Akron and getting the major monkey off his back next week in New York.

 

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