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Tiger Woods Will End His Major Tournament Drought in 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  Tiger Woods of the United States looks on after he hits out of a bunker on the 7th 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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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 4, 2013

It's been nearly five years since Tiger Woods last won a major tournament, but that's about to change.

Following a disappointing but strong finish at Augusta National last month, which saw him shoot under par in three of four rounds, Tiger looks poised to break through and finally win career major No. 15 in 2013.

It's no secret that Woods came out hot this year, picking up three tournament titles through the first three months of the season, including a pair of wins at Doral and Bay Hill.

And at the 2013 Masters, the year's first major tournament, Tiger looked to be a serious contender for the crown before a controversial penalty in the second round severely damaged his chances heading into the weekend. As mentioned, he would rally only to finish tied for fourth.

The performance marked Woods' eighth top-10 finish and sixth top-five finish at a major since he won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

But at some point the world No. 1 is going to break through, and don't be surprised if it's this season.

With three majors still on the schedule—including the PGA Championship in August, a tournament Woods has won four times since 1999—Tiger will have plenty of chances to capitalize on his improved play.

He's even won across the pond, winning three British Open titles over the course of his career, including back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006.

There were plenty of things he did well at Augusta National this spring, and with no real consistent force at the top of the golf world, the remaining three majors are right there for the taking. Tiger's ability to drive the ball has always been key to his game, but at the Masters, he showed some encouraging cool on the greens, only bogeying nine holes from start to finish.

With his confidence continuing to increase, it's certainly not difficult to imagine the 37-year-old Woods dethroning a previously unknown Webb Simpson at the U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club this June. 

Another intriguing stat to consider regarding Tiger and his bid to win a 15th major is the following presented by SportsCenter back in March.

That's right, the argument can be made that Tiger is playing his best golf since 2008. After all, Woods finished second at the Masters in 2008, just two months before he went on to win major No. 14 at the U.S. Open.

Five years later, the similarities are beginning to add up for Tiger. 

With Woods healthy, confident and playing consistent golf for the first time in a long time, 2013 is the year his major drought comes to an end.

 

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