Tiger Woods: Power Ranking Legend's Chances at Year's Remaining Majors

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IApril 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  Tiger Woods of the United States waves to the patrons after the 18th hole during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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With the 2013 Masters coming to a frustrating end for Tiger Woods, he is going to have his work cut out for him.

The three courses on tap don't exactly play to Tiger's strengths, and they haven't held much success for him in the past.

This doesn't mean Tiger is necessarily doomed to another year without a major—simply that he is going to have very little margin for error. 


No. 3: PGA Championship

Location: Oak Hill Country Club, Par 70, 7,134 yards

"[Oak Hill is] the hardest, fairest golf course the players have ever played." That is how the Oak Hill website quotes Tiger Woods when he finished the PGA Championship there in 2003. 

It's no surprise. He finished 12-over and 12 strokes behind the lead in 39th place. 

This does not bode well for Woods. 

In that 2003 tournament, Tiger hit less than 50 percent of his fairways and less than 50 percent of his greens in regulation. 

Considering Tiger is hitting over six percent less of his fairways this season than he did in 2003, it is hard to envision Woods having much more success this year. 


No. 2: U.S. Open

Location: East Course of the Merion Golf Club, Par 70, 6,996 yards

The Merion Golf Club does not play to Tiger Woods' strengths. Tiger has more distance off the tee than accuracy, and when he's at his best, he's killing the par fives. 

Unlike the other two courses on this list, we don't have past Tour performances to judge how he will play here. Let's just say there are reasons for concern. 

With the rough cut to typical U.S. Open standards, accuracy off the tee is going to be important. If Tiger is missing fairways, he will be doomed. 

However, if Woods can manage his game off the tee, he will be just fine. This course will put a premium on short-iron play, and Tiger has been sticking his short irons. 


No. 1: British Open

Location: Muirfield, Par 71, 7,034 yards 

Woods has played in one British Open at Muirfield. That came in 2002 when Ernie Els won at six-under after being tied with three others at the end of 72 holes.

Tiger finished even-par—in 28th place.

This pedestrian finish is a far better sign than his history at Oak Hill, and it doesn't tell the whole story. On the Saturday of that championship, Woods fired an 81. Take away that round, and he was a whopping 10-under.

Tiger was driving the ball far more accurately in those days, so it isn't as simple as saying he will find success there again because he has in the past.

However, of the three majors left this year, there is no doubt this is the one that offers Tiger his best shot at the title.