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U.S. Open schedule impacts Woods’ chances

August 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Tiger Woods plays well on courses that fit his “eye,” and on which he can figure out the greens – which explains why he returns year after year to his favorites on the PGA Tour.

At the majors, however, Woods must play the hand he is dealt, and this hand is becoming increasingly important as his starts in the majors are rapidly dwindling.

To pass Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors, Woods must win five more, and it figures that one or two of those would come at the U.S. Open, which he’s won three times. In his next five Opens, which would take him through age 41, Woods has finished second at two of the host venues, and has not competed at three others.

Woods will not return to Pebble Beach, the site of his epic performance in 2000, until he is 43 in 2019. The USGA has yet to announce the hosts for the Open after 2019. However, thanks to their new policy of NEVER going to courses (other than Pebble Beach) that host PGA Tour events, Woods, when in his mid forties, will not have a chance to repeat his wins at Bethpage Black or Torrey Pines South.

Woods has said that he has until age 46 to set the record, the same age that Nicklaus was when he won his last major. If it takes him that long, the schedule suggests that his chances would appear to be good at three of the next 10 Opens, but are unknown at the other seven.

37 – 2013 Merion – NP
38 – 2014  Pinehurst – 2nd
39 – 2015  Chambers Bay – NP
40 – 2016  Oakmont – 2t
41 – 2017  Erin Hills – NP
42 – 2018  Shinnecock – 17t
43 – 2019  Pebble Beach – W
44 – 2020 – unknown
45 – 2021 – unknown
46 – 2022 – unknown

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