Rooting for Tiger Woods in majors these days is like rooting against the sunset. You can hope and wish all you like that the sun will stay up for an extra hour or two, but every time — every single freaking time — it goes down exactly as it always has.
Tiger Woods is no longer a force in majors, and only those blinded by Nike's Sunday red possibly think differently. Yes, he plays well enough to post multiple top-10 finishes. But he's beyond "good job, good effort" accolades. When you're chasing history, it's win or nothing.
Woods remains, deservedly, the best player in the world. He's won four times on Tour this year, effectively and decisively. But in majors? He's a puppy, relatively speaking. You know the drill: he hasn't won since the U.S. Open in 2008. He's got injuries to his knee and leg and elbow and heart and soul and who knows what else and after awhile, it's all just excuses. The guy's good enough to win tournaments on Tour. The guy's good enough to put himself within strokes of the lead at majors. But closing the deal? That, apparently, is beyond him now.
Here's the really bad news: Woods' propensity for spiraling in the weekend is getting worse. ESPN's stats report that from 2005 to 2011, Woods was a combined 60 under in rounds three and four of majors. In the seven majors of 2012 and 2013, he's +23. That's an 83-shot swing. Consider, also, his last seven closing rounds in majors: 74, 73, 73, 72, 70, 74, 74. There's absolutely no way to defend that, especially in light of the fact that Woods was, for a time, the greatest closer in golf history.
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