From the 1997 Masters to the 2008 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods won 14 majors. That's 14 of 46 played in the stretch and a batting average of .304.
Despite how easy Woods made it look to rack up major wins, they were not easy. Bob May. Chris DiMarco. Rocco Mediate. For every 15-shot win at Pebble, there were close ones.
Its with that first-hand awareness of just how tough those 14 wins were that Woods has an empathy for Adam Scott letting the Open Championship slip away.
"It was tough what happened to (Scott), and people are starting to realize how difficult it is to win out here," Woods said Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. " Ernie hadn't won [a major] in 10 years. And to win one major is difficult. It's tough to do. We've had a bunch in a row first‑time major championship winners until Ernie."
Woods finished T-3 at Lytham, his best major effort since losing out at the '09 PGA Championship to Y.E. Yang. He came up short, but felt his conservative game plan gave him a good chance to win a 15th major.
"I felt that my plan was executed correctly for the week," he said. "I was right there, right where I wanted to be."