124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Preempting the slump talk

May 06, 2009

Should Tiger Woods fail to win the Players Championship this week (and his track record there suggests he won't win), it will mark three starts in a row without a victory. A cause for concern? No doubt some will sound the alarm, though before doing so they should consider this:

Every year of his professional career (save for 2008, when he played only six tournaments and won four of them), he's had a stretch of at least three tournaments in which he failed to win. In 2000, when he won nine times, he had three three-tournament stretches without winning.

Moreover every year since 2000 (again excluding 2008), he's had streaks of least five tournaments without winning.

-- John Strege