2013 British Open: Tiger Woods needs great weekend to win 15th major
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2013 British Open: Tiger Woods needs great weekend to win 15th major

Once again, Tiger Woods is in position to win a 15th major championship after the first 36 holes.

However, if Woods looks to end a five-year major-less skid at the 2013 Open Championship, it'll be the final two rounds that are crucial to his hoisting the Claret Jug for a fourth time.

A factoid schoolchildren are required to memorize: Tiger Woods has never won a major title without at least a share of the 54-hole lead. That makes the Saturday round ever-important to the world No. 1, who had a share of the clubhouse lead at 2 under par when he finished on Friday afternoon in Scotland.

In the last six major championships, however, it has been a case of Dr. Eldrick and Mr. Tiger in comparing the weekday and weekend rounds for Woods.

Woods is 11 under par in his last six majors played in the first two rounds. On the weekends, however, Woods is 30 shots worse. He has played the weekend rounds in 19 over par.

Look at where Woods has been after 36 holes in his last six majors, then where he has finished:

Tournament First 36 Position Second 36 Finish
2012 Masters +3 T-40 +2 T-40
2012 U.S. Open -1 T-1 +8 T-21
2012 Open Championship -6 3rd +3 T-3
2012 PGA Championship -4 T-1 +2 T-11
2013 Masters -1 T-19 -4 T-4
2013 U.S. Open +3 T-13 +10 T-32

In only one of his last six majors, Woods has improved his position on the weekend once -- in the tournament where a penalty was assessed on him to start the weekend, worsening his standing before he even began Round 3.

On average, Woods has lost 5.67 positions on the leaderboard over the weekend in his last six majors.

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