by Jeff Skinner
Another major weekend and another early flight home for Tiger Woods. Despite having a “great” season with five PGA Tour wins another major championship eludes Tiger’s grasp.
For the man in the red shirt major championship Sundays used to mean late afternoon tee times followed by trophy presentations and a late flight back home.
By now Woods is probably dropping his bags at his house in Florida and kicking his dog as he adds another frustrating major weekend to his growing total.
This week at the 95th PGA Championship Woods couldn’t get out of his own way, or the rough, and he was done after the second round. Scores of 71-70-73-70 put him well down the leaderboard at Oak Hill. No late Sunday for Woods today.
Last seen holding a major trophy at the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods has had a sniff or two but can’t put four major rounds together and twenty two majors have passed since his last win. Although he missed four with injuries, it’s still over five years since Tiger tasted victory at one of his most cherished tournaments.
Jack Nicklaus’ record of eighteen majors is getting a bit more elusive with each passing major. And while Tiger said he considered his season of five wins a success he acknowledges that one major equates to a great season.
Being out early on Sunday with no chance isn’t where Tiger wants to be, “Well, it’s more frustrating not being in it. Having a chance on the back nine on Sunday, I can live with that. It’s always frustrating going out there, and I’m 3 over today, got to 7, and I’m grinding my tail off coming in just to shoot even par for the day. And I’m nowhere in it. That’s tough.”
He’ll have to wait eight months for his next chance to capture number fifteen at The 2014 Masters. The clock keeps ticking.