Despite being number one in the world, despite winning five PGA events last year and despite remaining the most famous and noteworthy player in his sport, Tiger Woods still has not made any headway towards his most valued goal, that of beating Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.
That goal remains Tiger’s Everest, and as things stand, there exist some very real obstacles blocking his climb towards that 15th major, a feat that has eluded him for five long years.
Last year must have felt like a bad country western song to Tiger: “When Did Winning Feel So Bad!?”
He won more than anyone else on the tour, but he could not grab one major title and that must have hurt like a shank from 100 yards away.
Standing in his way are glitches in his game and a rising tide of young, Tiger-wannabes. While he has shown that he can still win on the tour, the WGC–Bridgestone will never be the Masters.
What’s up with Tiger is hard to say, but he has become vulnerable in recent times.
"He was just so much better than everybody and so much better under pressure and so much better on Sundays and so much better in the majors it was not a fair fight," Johnny Miller said in a teleconference reported by SBNation. "Now it's a fair fight."
Despite having what would have been a career year for any other player, Tiger’s performances in the majors were disappointing. He tied for fourth at the Masters, finished 32nd at the U.S. Open, sixth at the Open Championship and tied for 40th at the PGA Championship.
Will this be the year that he finally breaks through and wins his 15th major? It is hard to tell and there are some very key obstacles he must confront before he does so.