Tiger Woods turned 38 on Dec. 30, making all of us who remember his emphatic entrance onto golf's main stage feel old. To say that a lot has transpired since he sheepishly said "Hello world" after turning professional in August of 1996 would be quite the understatement.
He's won 79 total tournaments, has the lowest scoring average of anyone in PGA Tour history and has been voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year a record 11 times. He's achieved nearly everything a professional golfer could ever dream of achieving, with just one thing missing.
Surpassing Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major championships.
The problem is, Tiger hasn't won a major championship since the U.S. Open in 2008 and although he's gotten close, he's uncharacteristically failed to close the deal despite nine top-10 finishes since.
Honestly, Tiger just wants these wins too badly.
He now structures his entire schedule around performing well in the majors, and he's putting too much pressure on himself to play perfect golf. The brutally honest Johnny Miller said recently, per Randall Mell of GolfChannel.com, that, “He [Tiger] won five times last year, but in the majors, he seems to be a little bit prone to being nervous. You never would say that about Tiger. He wants it so badly.”
Looking on the bright side for the world's No. 1 player, the slate of major venues in 2014 is tailor-made for him to return to the winner's circle. He's won majors at three of the four courses, with the U.S. Open at Pinehurst being the only exception.
It's never too early for predictions! Let's go through his chances at each major in 2014.