Welcome to Part I of the Golf News Net series, The Complete Tiger Woods, where we will take a deep dive into the stats that define Tiger Woods' career and his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus. In Part I of the series, we start with the basics: how Tiger Woods is scoring round by round.
Tiger Woods has been struggling on weekends. It's no secret; Tiger hasn't won a major in five years, so something is amiss.
The anecdotal evidence is there, most glaringly perhaps in the Open Championship back in July. Woods tried to plod around Muirfield by making pars and avoiding bogeys, rather than carefully scouring for birdies and accepting dropped shots.
But, looking at the data over the last four years (click here to open in a new tab), it's clear to see: Woods has never been worse on Saturday and Sunday.
In 2013, Tiger Woods averages 142 on the weekends, in the final two rounds of a golf tournament. That's the worst average in his entire career.
However, it has been this bad for the last four seasons. Since the start of 2010, Tiger Woods has averaged at least 140 strokes on the weekend -- 141.85, 141.67, 140.65 and 142 the last four years, respectively. Prior to 2010, Woods only broached the 140 threshold on the weekends once, in 1999. Woods struggled on the weekend in all four majors and The Players Championship that year, but won eight times in 21 events.
Compare those four years above the 140 mark to his best seasons in 2000 and '01. In 2000, he shot 136.05 on the weekends. A year later, 136.95. Those are incredible numbers are a long way away from how he's playing on weekends now.
In fact, the run Woods has been on in the weekends has been so bad in the last four-plus years that it has been 56 starts since Woods had consecutive starts where he played all four weekend rounds in the 60s. When was that last? When he won the final Buick Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in back-to-back starts in 2009. In 2000 alone, Woods played four consecutive weekend rounds in the 60s on six different occasions.
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