Incredible legacy makes Tiger's major-less year stand out
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
It is in the books as a fifth straight major-less season for Tiger Woods, but as is the case frequently with him, the negative topics simply make you realize how incredible a legacy he has forged.
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Crunching his major championship numbers, consider the uncanny consistency that was his style during his best years, 1997-2008. He was as good on Saturday and Sunday as he was on Thursday and Friday – and sometimes he was better.
In 1997, for instance, Woods required 563 strokes to play his eight Thursday-Friday rounds in the four majors. For his eight Saturday-Sunday rounds, he also took 563 strokes.
The same was true in the shortened 2008 season (he played in just the Masters and U.S. Open) as Woods took 283 strokes on Thursday and Friday, 283 on Saturday and Sunday.
Four times during this stretch (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) Woods actually required fewer strokes to play his weekend rounds in the majors than he did on Thursday and Friday, and that’s remarkable, if you accept the premise that conditions get tougher and the pressure tightens the deeper you go.
From 1997 to 2008, a period of 46 major championships and 182 rounds, Woods’ scoring average for the first 36 holes (Thursday and Friday) was 140.717; on the weekend it was 140.822.
Looking for reasons why he hasn’t won of late? Don’t look at the way he’s starting the majors, because from 2010-13 – a period during which he’s played in 14 majors – Woods has averaged 141.357 for Thursday and Friday, only .64 higher than what he did in 1997-2008.
But his weekends have not been up to his standards. He’s averaged 144.067 in Rounds 3 and 4 since 2010, or 3.245 higher than what it was in 1997-2008.
Overall, Woods averaged 70.385 per round in the majors from 1997-2008; he’s at 71.333 since 2010.
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