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SportMasters 2019: Tiger Woods' win at Tour Championship let him know he could win again

22:20  09 april  2019
22:20  09 april  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Masters 2019: Brooks Koepka says everyone would love to stop Tiger Woods from winning another major

Masters 2019: Brooks Koepka says everyone would love to stop Tiger Woods from winning another major Tiger Woods sits second all time in major championship wins with 14, but he hasn't won one since the 2008 U.S. Open. In that time, a new generation of golfers has come into the game and relishes beating Woods. There is not nearly the intimidation factor in Woods' game as there once was, and now players are actively trying to keep him from winning rather than standing in awe of him. "I think everybody in the field would love to stop him. I mean, I enjoyed stopping history," Koepka said at his press conference Tuesday at the Masters. "I had a great time.

It feels as if Tiger Woods frequently had been on his way back to major form since his last Grand Slam win, at the 2008 U.S. Open, but it may have never felt like he was truly close to getting there until the 2018 Tour Championship.

With his win at East Lake Golf Club to close out the season, Tiger felt it may have been the moment when he could seriously think about a return to the top.

"It proved to me that I could win again," Woods told a press conference Tuesday at August National, ahead of the 2019 Masters, the year's first major. "I was close at times, I was close at Tampa (The Valspar Championship), I was close at The Open Championship, had the lead there, I was making a run at Brooksie (Koepka) at the PGA, just to clean up my rounds, maybe get a break here or there, I was finally hitting it again."

Masters 2019: To win at Augusta, Tiger Woods will have to do it differently than the past

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Woods has had his moments since his last major victory. He won six tournaments in 2009 another five in 2013 and has earned 43 top-10 finishes in the process.

But what he is remembered for might be his near-misses and injuries rather than his achievements.

In 2009 he lost a lead going into the final round of a major for the first time when he fell to Y.E. Yang at the PGA Championship. Then at the final major of the 2018 season he was unable to close in on Koepka. That came after he missed most of 2017 trying to work his way back from injuries. It's pain he still deals with and he is constantly having to fight off.

That is why East Lake was such a big deal for him. He started well, continued to succeed and closed it out on the final day while feeling healthy in the process.

Tiger Woods waking up ridiculously early for final round of the Masters

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"I look back upon that week as not only how it culminated with everything on 18, but I led from Day 1 and that's not easy to do," Woods said. "And from the struggles I've had the last few years, to go out and take the lead on the first day and then end up winning the tournament, leading wire to wire, that made that much more special."

Now Woods turns his sights on the Masters where he has won four times but not one since 2005. However, in the struggles he has had in recent years, he has been good at Augusta finishing sixth in 2009, fourth in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and 17th in 2015.

While Woods has plenty of wins on every type of course, this could very well be the one to get him that elusive 15th major title, one that he has been waiting more than 10 years to get.

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"I would not have foreseen that for sure," Woods said. "After I won my 14th, I felt like I still had plenty of more major championships that I could win, unfortunately I just didn't do it, I put myself there with chances on the back nine with various places, I just haven't won.

"Hopefully I put myself there again."

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