Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Past success vs recent struggles for Woods
By Justin Ray, ESPN Stats & Information
Allan Henry/US PresswireThe WGC-Bridgestone Invitational begins Thursday in Akron, Ohio and a major storyline will be Tiger Woods going for his eighth career win at this event. Woods already is one of two golfers (along with Sam Snead) with at least eight wins at a single tournament, having won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times.
Tiger Woods has seven wins at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational but hasn't won there since 2009.
If wins this weekend, he will become the first player in PGA TOUR history to win multiple tournaments eight or more times in a career.
Woods has won six different PGA TOUR events at least five times - that’s twice as many as any other player. Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead each won three different tournaments five or more times.
Tiger certainly has enjoyed playing World Golf Championships tournaments throughout his career, winning 17 WGC titles.
No other golfer has won more than three titles and only six other golfers have multiple WGC wins in their careers.
Woods’ 17 wins in WGC events alone would put him 6th on the PGA TOUR career victory list among active players. Tiger has 78 PGA TOUR titles in his career, four shy of Sam Snead’s all-time mark of 82.
However, Woods hasn’t won the Bridgestone Invitational since 2009 and in three starts since then, seven of his 12 rounds have been over par. He’s a combined 15-over par in that span.
Contrast that with his performance at the tournament from 1999-2009, when he won it seven times in 10 starts, had just five total rounds over par, and shot a combined score of 103-under.
Regardless of what Tiger does in Akron this week, the PGA Championship the following week will be the primary storyline for Woods. In the last six majors, Woods is a combined 11-under in rounds one and two. He is 23-over in rounds three and four in those tournaments.
At July’s Open Championship, Woods was 4-over on the weekend after going 2-under in the first two rounds. Woods needed 66 putts in rounds three and four at Muirfield – nine more than in the first two rounds.