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Despite five victories on the PGA Tour in 2013, Tiger Woods failed to win a major championship for the fifth straight season.
As a result, Woods’ quest to pass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career majors remains hopelessly stalled until next year.
Indeed, Woods' season has been the tale of two players: dominant in regular tour starts and anything but in the year’s biggest events.
At the 2013 U.S. Open, Woods battled injury and a poor short game to finish the tournament at 13-over, bad enough for a tie for 32nd at Merion. It was the worst major performance of his career in relation to par, but Tiger had another stinker waiting in the wings.
At Oak Hill, the world No. 1 couldn't get a thing going all week even while many of the world’s best players were going deep under par in the final major of the year.
Woods never managed an under-par round and finished at four-over. The 40th-place showing was his worst as a professional in the PGA Championship when making the cut.
Even when Woods did contend, he managed to shoot himself in the foot.
Woods was near the lead in the second round of the Masters when he was nearly disqualified for a bad drop on the 15th hole. In the end, he took a two-shot penalty and never recovered, finishing in a tie for fourth.
At Muirfield, Woods held a share of the third-round lead with Lee Westwood when he hit an awful second shot on the par-five 15th into a cross bunker about 100 yards short of the green. He would make bogey and Westwood would birdie, leaving Tiger two back heading into the final round instead of tied.
Woods fired a final-round 74 and was a Sunday non-factor, finishing in a tie for eighth.
For some professionals, posting a pair of top 10s in golf’s most important championships is a solid season. For Tiger, winning is everything; and he’s now gone 18 straight starts in majors without capturing a 15th title.
That makes the 2013 majors a significant disappointment for the world’s best golfer by the very standards he has set for himself.