Given the apocalypse that has befallen Tiger Woods, and, let’s face it, golf in general, how are we to deal with the fact that…well, this from the AP:
For Woods, a victory would be especially meaningful now.
He has won a PGA Tour event in each of his 14 seasons, and the HSBC Champions is his last chance for 2010. It would count as an official victory if won by a PGA Tour member. The tour record for consecutive seasons with at least one victory is 17, held by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Woods has not come particularly close to winning all year.
Next up, let’s hear from Sky Sports:
The American remains without a victory on the PGA Tour in 2010 and gets his last chance at this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.
Woods has won at least once every season in his 14 years as a professional, but this year has been like no other following the revelations over his private life and subsequent divorce.
His travails off the course have no doubt affected his performances on it but with those problems now behind him Woods can look to regain winning ways.
And now, Reuters:
For the first time in more than five years, Tiger Woods became reacquainted with life away from the number one spot in the official world rankings.
The 14-times major champion was deposed by Britain’s Lee Westwood when the world rankings were released on Monday, but Woods can return to the top should he win this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.
For the moment, though, the 34-year-old American is well aware that a mediocre 2010 season without a single victory would eventually result in one outcome.
Adds the Press Association:
“It’s a hell of a field out there this week and it’s going to be a lot of fun to go out there and try to win the event.”
Not only is Woods bidding for a swift return to the top of the rankings, he is also looking to end his worst run in 14 years as a professional, having failed to win a single tournament this year.
But Woods refused to dwell too much on his poor form, adding: “I’ve gone through periods like this before in the past.
“In order to become number one in the world and to be able to have the sustainability, I’ve won golf tournaments.
“It’s something I haven’t done lately and it’s a matter of going out there and competing and winning golf tournaments. And winning enough tournaments, it will take care of itself.”
Finally, let’s go to another AP article:
He has gone 51 weeks and 12 tournaments without a victory, the longest drought of his career. At stake this week is trying to avoid getting shut out on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career. This also is the only World Golf Championship he has not won.
So now that the tournament has commenced, how’s Tiger doing? He’s off to a good start. You know, right where he wants to be — four-under, T6. Woods is chasing The World’s No. 1 Golfer, who posted a fantastic six-under 66. The Italian Brother That Tiger Pummeled in the Ryder Cup Singles leads by one with a seven-under 65.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)