When a player has won five PGA Tour events, owns eight top 10 finishes and makes $8,215,119 in one season, it's safe to say they've been successful. That's the story for Tiger Woods, who leads the world in wins and money earned in 2013, all the while ranking second in top 10 spots earned.
Even with this glory established, Woods needs a win at the TPC Boston Pro-Am to recover his lost momentum.
It borders on insanity to claim that Woods has been underwhelming in 2013, as he's outperformed, literally, every other golfer in the world. Unfortunately, Woods' lackluster performances have come at the wrong times, as he failed to win a single major championship.
Going 18 consecutive tries without a major championship isn't such a dramatic fact for the average golfer. Considering Woods won 14 from 1997 to 2008, however, we aren't talking about the average golfer.
We're talking about the best of our generation.
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Despite his five-year drought, however, Woods has rebounded to reaffirm his position as the best player in the world with his overall consistency. Failing to win a major championship will steal headlines, but he's finished in the top six twice during the 2013 grand slam events.
Unfortunately, that success has been short-lived, as Woods has cooled down in a major way.
During the first five months of the season, Woods won four of the seven events he played in. He also finished fourth at the Masters, with a controversial drop penalty serving as the only thing between him and title contention.
Since then, he hasn't been quite as lucky.
Woods finished in 65th at the Memorial Tournament and shot 13-over par at the U.S. Open, checking in at 32nd on the leaderboard. Woods began to turn things around, using a sixth-place performance at The Open Championship to spurn a dominant victory at the Bridgestone Invitational.
That all led to a 4-over at the PGA Championship that ended any momentum he'd previously built. It also completed his major-less season.
For Woods, winning minor tournaments will only help him financially, as his legacy depends on his ability to win majors. While others would love to have Woods' current career state, and although hardly any question that he'll go down as the greatest of his generation, becoming the best of all time is the remaining focus.
The only way to do so, whether fair or foul, is to win majors.
Fortunately for Woods, he recently discovered his form, finishing second at The Barclays with a 10-under finish. He shot below 70 in each of the four rounds he played, netting three consecutive scores of 69 to close out and a bogey-free 67 in the opening round.
In turn, Woods held onto his lead in the FedEx Cup standings.
Tiger Woods finished 1 stroke back in the Barclays today. He is still the FedExCup points leader.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 25, 2013
All he needs is a win in Boston to continue his momentum.
Woods hasn't had much trouble winning events like this, and thus, walking away with a Pro-Am victory wouldn't be groundbreaking. With that being said, Woods' greatness isn't being questioned, but instead it's his ability to close out tournaments that's coming under fire.
Something the golf world never saw coming.
If Woods is able to win at the TPC Boston Pro-Am, he'll walk away with the confidence that he can still put on fourth-round clinics and temporarily quiet the critics. In turn, we may just see the Woods of old return and dominate majors in 2014, thus completing his comeback, per se.
Something the world, and Woods, is tired of waiting for.