It’s hard to believe that 2018 could rank up there with years in which Tiger Woods has won multiple major championships and handfuls of PGA Tour events, but that’s exactly what he said on Tuesday ahead of this week’s first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Northern Trust.
“No doubt, no doubt (this is one of my best years),” Woods said when asked if this season ranks up there with the best of his career. “To have a winless year, but to go through what I’ve gone through — I didn’t know if I was going to play last year. I didn’t know if I was ever going to play again. I was just hoping to be able to play golf with my kids and with my buddies at home.
“I wasn’t thinking about the Tour and now here I’m contending in major championships and had a chance to win a couple major championships. This has been, as I’ve said before, this has been a blessing, but man, it’s been so special to have this opportunity again. I’m certainly not taking it for granted, that’s for sure.”
While a winless year in 2018 would still rank highly for Woods, he has three guaranteed and likely four more events to pick up his first win since 2013.
“I feel my next wins are coming soon,” he said. “How soon, I don’t know, but I’m putting myself there in tournaments now. I’ve done it two of the last three tournaments I’ve played in and they were big events, so I’m not that far away from getting it done.
“In order to get to Jack’s record, I have to pass Snead’s record. Just simple math. Yeah, in order to get to Jack’s ultimate 18, I’ve got to pass Sam’s, and I want to make that happen. I’m close. I have been close to winning tournaments this year. I think if I keep giving myself opportunities, I’ll get the job done.”
Woods begins his next quest for a trophy on Thursday alongside Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood at 7:54 a.m. EST off the 10th tee at Ridgewood Country Club.
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