Together with the Sunday pink, the balky again, and the hearth hydrant, one other a part of the Tiger Woods mythology is that each one 14 of his main championships have come when he is held a share of the lead heading into the ultimate spherical. Till 2009, the truth is, Woods may boast at all times changing when holding a share of the third-round lead. Then alongside got here Y.E. Yang, and properly, you most likely know the remaining.
However the different method to have a look at it’s Woods has by no means received a significant coming from behind, and given his slim deficit heading into the ultimate spherical at Bellerive, it is value trying on the occasions he is at the least come shut. As a result of he has, loads of occasions the truth is. It is value noting that of the 25 occasions Woods has completed within the high 10 in a significant and never received, there have been 17 events when a comeback victory was at the least inside attain, together with final month within the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Right here they’re:
1999 U.S Open at Pinehurst: Two again by means of 54 holes; completed two again
2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine: 5 again by means of 54; completed one again
2003 Open Championship at Royal St. Georges: two again by means of 54; completed two again
2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst: six again by means of 54, completed two again
2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol: six again by means of 54; completed two again
2006 Masters: two again by means of 54; completed three again
2007 Masters: one again by means of 54; completed two again
2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont: two again by means of 54; completed one again
2008 Masters: six again by means of 54; completed three again
2009 Masters: seven again by means of 54; completed 4 again
2010 Masters: 4 again by means of 54; completed 5 again
2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore: 5 again by means of 54, completed three again
2011 Masters: seven again by means of 54; completed 4 again
2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes: 5 again by means of 54, completed 4 again
2013 Masters: 4 again by means of 54, completed 4 again
2013 Open Championship at Muirfield: two again by means of 54, completed 5 again
2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie: 4 again by means of 54, completed three again
The chronology underscores what number of occasions Woods has had an opportunity so as to add to an already outstanding main haul. On six events, most just lately on the 2013 Open at Muirfield, Woods was inside two pictures of the 54-hole lead, solely to return up brief. And there have been a handful of different events when a late transfer on Sunday put him even nearer. Most notably there was Carnoustie, when Woods was 4 again to begin the day, grabbed the solo lead by means of 10 holes, solely to play the subsequent two holes in three over and by no means get better.
However that spherical is available in a season when Woods continues to be shaking off loads of aggressive rust. It was his first time in rivalry in a significant in years, and Woods defenders would argue that it nonetheless exceeded this season’s modest expectations. A handful of misses earlier in his profession, in the meantime, got here at a time when Woods was on the top of his dominance, and may hang-out him much more. Twice Woods has completed one stroke again of the winner: his runner-up to Wealthy Beem at Hazeltine in 2002 featured a spirited rally late that left him one shot shy of the unlikely PGA champ; and at Oakmont in 2007, when he wanted to missed a 30-footer on the 72nd gap to tie Angel Cabrera.
The toughest certainly one of all, nevertheless, may need been when Woods completed runner-up to Michael Campbell within the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. After a sluggish begin to the ultimate spherical, Woods rattled off 4 straight birdies on the again 9, solely to overlook a brief par putt on the 16th and three-putt the 17th. He completed two strokes again, and continues to be searching for the primary comeback main win of his profession. Who is aware of? Perhaps it comes Sunday.
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