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Tiger Woods' Most Glaring Major Tournament Weaknesses

ROCHESTER, NY - AUGUST 11:  Tiger Woods of the United States walks off the 18th green after an even-par 70 during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship on August 11, 2013 in Rochester, New York.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 12, 2013

Jason Dufner won the 2013 PGA Championship and took home his first career major championship. 14 strokes behind him was another American with significantly more star power: Tiger Woods.

Woods finished the 2013 PGA Championship at four over par, failing to shoot better than 70 in any round. Woods started strong but fell victim to a final-hole double bogey during the first round and never seemed to recover.

It's yet another example of Woods coming up short at a major championship.

But why is he struggling so severely?

Woods is the greatest golfer of his generation, and, quite frankly, there isn't a close second to even compare him with. It's more surprising when he loses a major championship than when he wins—a shocking fact considering he's been without a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.

Here's why.

According to Kyle Porter of CBS Sports, Woods hasn't broken 70 on the weekend of a major tournament since the 2011 Masters. At the 2013 PGA Championship, Woods shot a 73 during the third round and a 70 in the fourth.

And that's where the major woes begin.

Woods has put on some magnificent first- and second-round performances in major tournaments, but closing out is another topic. With nine top-10 finishes since 2009, including two in 2013, Woods has been on the cusp of glory.

It's all about closing out.

This is where logic is defied, as Woods built his legacy as one of the greatest fourth-round performers to ever live. When he donned the red shirt and black slacks, it meant the rest of the field was in serious trouble.

Today, it doesn't inspire fearnot in the field, at least.

Woods was known for his ability to step up and make the big putts. But during the course of his major drought, putting has been Woods' greatest weakness. Fortunately, the 2013 PGA Championship provided the stage for Woods to step up and sink par-saving putts.

Unfortunately, his driver didn't help.

Per Porter, Woods failed to hit a single green on Saturday or Sunday at the PGA Championship. That's not only the sign of a golfer struggling to find his game but also the sign of one who has lost control.

That's something we've rarely been able to say about a player of Woods' caliber.

Woods was in position to win both the 2013 Masters and the Open Championship, but he failed to come through. The same could be said about the Masters in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as well as the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Open, the 2012 Open Championship and the 2009 PGA Championship.

Optimists will praise Woods for coming that close. Pessimists will accuse Woods of losing his killer instinct.

But no one can debate this fact: Woods will only break his major championship drought once he improves upon his weekend woes.

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