I know the PGA Championship only tees off this morning, I’m just getting the headline ready. It’s happening. Tiger is gonna bring this one home. He’s putting like a champ again. He’s won five tournaments this year, including last week’s WGC event. (By the way, no one else on tour has won more than twice this year.) It’s all about confidence and in my mind, he has it now. He and his group (Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III) tee off Thursday morning from the 10th tee at Oak Hill at 7:35 a.m.
That means by the time the three major winners thus far this year tee off, Woods will have posted his score. As is tradition, the three major winners are in the same group. British Open champ Phil Mickelson, Masters champ Adam Scott and U.S. Open champ Justin Rose won’t hit their first shots until 12:35 p.m.
Here are a couple of quick notes on Woods.
– Woods lapped the field last week en route to his 79th PGA Tour victory, leaving three wins shy of Sam Snead’s all-time mark of 82. Mickelson and Vijay Singh are the next two active golfers on the wins list and their combined total (Mickelson 42, Singh 34) still leaves them behind Tiger’s 79.
– Woods has played in 17 majors since his last triumph. He has nine top 6 finishes over that time, but has also finished outside the top 30 twice. That is something he’d previously done only once in 46 major tournaments since turning professional in 1996.
– Last year Tiger was tops in the FedEx Cup standings, but three other golfers within 250 points of his lead. However this year, with the last major about to tee off, there isn’t a single player within 750 points of his current lead.
I picked Woods to win each time before the first two majors, then jumped off the bandwagon and picked Dustin Johnson for the British Open. I’ll be going back to Woods as my “pick to click.” If forced to choose someone other than Woods, then I’ll take Mickelson, sorry no real stretch there. I do think they will be in the final two groups on Sunday and I think this will be a phenomenal and memorable finish.
Charlie, Tiger’s son, was able to see his dad win in person for the first time. I think this week it’s Lindsey Vonn’s turn to see the first major win as Tiger’s girlfriend.
– Wex (@awexler)