DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – It’s only January, but Tiger Woods was pressed again for his thoughts on winning a major championship this season.
Never mind that the season’s first Grand Slam gathering is still more than two months away, five questions into his press conference on Wednesday at the Dubai Desert Classic the world No. 1 was asked if he planned to do anything different this year to get off the major schneid.
“I think just being patient and putting myself there,” said Woods, who won his last major at the 2008 U.S. Open. “You’re not going to win them every year. Looking at my career, I haven’t won them all each and every year.”
Woods also sounded particularly encouraged by the venues for this year’s majors – Augusta National, Pinehurst, Royal Liverpool and Valhalla. He won the 2006 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2000. He’s won four times at Augusta National.
In 2005 at Pinehurst Woods finished runner-up and tied for third in 1999 when it was played on the Donald Ross gem.
“These four venues are four venues where I’ve played well at,” he said. “Three I’ve won at and one (Pinehurst) I’m trending in the right way. I’m looking forward to these majors and this season in general.”