PITTSFORD, N.Y. — It wasn’t all that long ago when Tiger Woods was singing a much different tune.
For the first dozen years of his professional career — when he was frequently winning major championships — Woods would differentiate between a good season and a great season by answering one simple question: Did he win a major?
Take 2007, for instance. Woods arrived at the PGA Championship having already won four times on the PGA Tour that year, but no major. Asked to assess his season up to that point, Woods said: “Pretty good, but not great. I just think the major championships are valued that highly.”
He won the PGA that week, then added two more victories to end the year with seven. Great season, in Woods’s opinion.
Six years later, Woods once again comes into the PGA Championship with multiple victories on the season (a tour-leading five), has reclaimed the world’s No. 1 ranking, but hasn’t won a major. His last major came at the 2008 US Open, in fact, making this the longest stretch of his career without winning one.
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