New-found confidence can inspire Tiger Woods to year-ending success

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Tiger Woods has enjoyed 2013 with five tour wins. Source from Flickr. BrimBertBerry

With Tiger Woods winning in Ohio last week in a record-equalling score, can he end his triumphant 2013 season with a win at the final Championship taking place at the Oak Hill Country Club in New York?

The world number one has now won five tournaments this year and the Bridgestone Invitational was his best performance yet after his career-equalling high of 61 on the Friday.

Nonetheless, his concentration this year has definitely matured since his sabbatical from the game, mainly because he sees winning a major as being less important than he used to.

“I think it’s been a great year so far for me, winning five times. You look at the quality of tournaments I’ve won, a Players and two World Golf Championships in there – that’s pretty good,” said Woods.

Woods starts final PGA today. Flickr - myophoto

Woods starts final PGA today.
Flickr – myophoto

The 37-year-old can also gain confidence from Phil Mickelson, who before his maiden Open Championship win at Muirfield this year, won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart giving him a huge confidence boost leading into The Open.

Many players believe playing a tournament a week before a Championship can only hinder your performance when it matters the most, but Mickelson proving otherwise can only give Woods that extra self-belief.

Woods admits that his short game needed improving from Muirfield and it was this that led to him winning the Bridgestone Invitational at the weekend.

“I hit just as good as at Muirfield, and didn’t make any putts the last three days,” he said. “At Firestone, I putted well, but I hit the ball just the same.”

After five years without a Major win, it is starting to become a monkey on his back, but with his form like it has been so far in 2013, it is almost certainly just a matter of when, not if, he wins his illusive fifteenth win.

His maturity in the outlook that this year would be successful even without a win at 2013’s final Major tournament shows signs of a level-headed Tiger that we’ve seen a lot less of prior to this.

He is smiling once again, playing among the world’s best and enjoying some of the golf that made him one of the greats of the game.

The media and fans will pile the pressure on Woods to win the tournament come Sunday, but the man himself will most likely be the calmest person out on the course.

He knows this year has been his best for a while and going into the tournament on a high from his win at the Bridgestone Invitational will have rested any nerves as the week begins.

The monkey on his back may be lifted after this weekend to the relief of fans (and Woods himself), but if it isn’t to be, 2013 has still been a very good year for the World Number One.

Woods starts the US PGA Championships today at 13:35 BST pairing with Davis Love and Keegan Bradley.


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