Tiger Woods is putting much better this season, a major reason for his success. (Shamus/Getty Images)
By Jessica Rangel, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods is heading to the PGA Championship after obtaining his 79th victory on the PGA TOUR at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, leaving him three wins behind all-time victory leader Sam Snead.
With 14 major championship wins, a win this weekend would put Woods even closer to the all-time major record of Jack Nicklaus (18). Woods would also tie Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen for the most PGA Championship wins at five.
"Do I want it any more? No, it's the same,” Woods said last week. "Each and every major, I always want them. I've been successful 14 times, and hopefully next week will be 15.”
Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Yet this year may be different, with five PGA TOUR wins, topping the money list, and a substantial lead in FedExCup points, Woods has been playing exceptionally well this year.
One improvement in Woods’ game this season compared to last season is his putting. During the 2013 season he has gained more than double his 2012 average strokes gained-putting (SGP). Woods is fourth on TOUR in SGP with .835, whereas last year was ranked 35th with .332.
“I'm just trying to get better, and I feel like I'm getting better as the year's going on, which is nice,” Woods said of his putting at THE PLAYERS Championship.
His putts from 10 feet have made quite the difference for him. Woods has gone from being 71st on the PGA TOUR to fifth in the statistic.
In the table below, you will be able to see the difference in Woods’ putting from the 2012 to 2013 season, showing how his short game has been able to take him to a higher level.
|Strokes-Gained Putting||3-putt avoidance||Putting from 10ft||Putting Average||1-putt percentage|
|2013 Season||.835 (4)||2.78% (T47)||56.25% (T5)||1.729 (T9)||40.69% (36)|
|2012 Season||.332 (35)||2.82% (T71)||44.00% (T71)||1.761 (42)||40.05% (39)|