ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Tiger Woods agrees with most people who feel that winning one major championship means that a golfer has had a great year.
By that definition, Woods hasn’t had a great year in quite a while. He is winless in majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, a streak that stands at 17 heading into this week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
In this instance, however, Woods would like everyone to consider his complete 2013 body of work — five PGA Tour victories this season, including last week’s seven-stroke win in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational. He also won five events in 2009 when he captured PGA Tour player of the year honors for the 10th time.
“I think it’s been a great year so far for me, winning five times,” Woods said Tuesday. “You look at the tournaments I’ve won, a Players (Championship) and two World Golf Championships in there, that’s pretty good.”
So if he falls short in the final major, is it still a good year?
“Yeah, I think so,” he said. “We certainly have four more big (FedEx Cup playoff) events after this. A lot of things can happen, but I’m focused on this week and trying to win this one.”
Woods has been stuck on 14 major titles since defeating Rocco Mediate in the Open playoff in 2008 at Torrey Pines near San Diego. Since then, he has finished in the top six on nine occasions, including a tie for sixth at last month’s British Open at Muirfield.
He also shared fourth place at the 2013 Masters, hurt by a two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop in the second round.
“The frustrating part is … (I) didn’t win two of the tournaments that I was right there in,” he said. “One, I hit a flagstick and I was leading the (Masters) and ended up getting a penalty there. That was a tough round on Saturday but got it around and shot under par and put myself there with a chance on Sunday and didn’t get it done. Same thing at the Open.”
Woods liked the way he hit the ball at Muirfield.
He continued that fine ball-striking last week at the WGC event at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, where he won going away.