Although it has been 10 years since Tiger Woods dominated at Pebble Beach to the tune of a U.S. Open record-setting 15-stroke win, you have to imagine that being back at the Californian golf course for this year's U.S. Open is, at least, a little comforting to the struggling Woods.
Tiger's history at Pebble Beach is an impressive one. After winning a Pro-Am tournament there in 2000, he gave one of the greatest major championship performances ever at the 2000 U.S. Open, shooting a record-tying 272 (-12) for the start of his "Tiger Slam."
Woods' history in the U.S. Open is also very impressive. His three wins are good for fifth all-time, behind four golfers who won the tournament four times.
Even with history on his side, many believe that Woods can't win this weekend, and some even believe that he could be past his prime at 34 years of age.
These doubts have popped up mainly because of his well-publicized ordeal involving his marriage in November of 2009.
The situation has obviously affected his game dramatically, and some believe Woods will never recapture the fire he had before this personal issue became national news.
Add his personal problems to the fact that after finishing fourth in his return at the Masters this season, Woods has missed a cut, withdrawn, and finished nineteenth in his other three events. And you can see that Tiger is probably desperate to play well.
Perhaps playing at the course that Tiger has dominated in the past will give him the edge he needs to get his fifteenth major championship and get back to his normal, dominant self.
All indications are that Tiger is playing fairly well right now. Things could be lining up perfectly for Woods to put all of the negativity behind him, and just go out and play well.
"Things are starting to come together, which is great," Woods told ESPN. "Now they just have to peak come Thursday through Sunday."
Woods is trying his best to keep his personal problems out of the spotlight by refusing to answer any more questions about his relationship with his wife, but the best thing he could do to avoid those questions is to simply win this tournament.
Because, as we know, winning cures all.
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