Another Tiger Win in the Bank


2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipTiger Woods has won Arnold Palmers event, Jack Nicklaus event and Byron Nelsons event. Hes won each of these tournaments ' the Bay Hill Invitational, Memorial Tournament and Byron Nelson Championship ' on multiple occasions.
But theres one tournament that is associated with a legend that he hasnt won ' his own Deutsche Bank Championship.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is trying to win his first Deutsche Bank Championship title.
Woods isnt the host of this weeks Deutsche Bank tournament, which begins Friday and concludes on Labor Day Monday, but his Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary charitable beneficiary of the event.
Woods came close to winning his tournament two years ago, finishing runner-up to Vijay Singh. He also tied for seventh in the inaugural event in 2003, and tied for 40th a year ago.
The 2004 tournament was a landmark event in the sport. Singhs victory ended Woods 264 consecutive week run atop the World Golf Ranking.
At the time, Woods was in the middle of reconstructing his swing ' dealing with inconsistencies and an overdose of criticism.
How things have changed.
Two years later, Woods is not just the No.1 player in the world again ' he looks to be at the start of another lengthy run of domination.
For the second straight season, Woods has won multiple major titles. Hes also won each of his last four starts on the PGA TOUR, including convincing victories at the Open Championship and PGA Championship.
When asked after his PGA triumph if he felt his game was similar to where it was in his most dominant years of 1999 and 2000, Woods replied, Yes, I feel like things are pretty darn good right now.
He showed that last week, winning once again at Firestone Country Club in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his fifth victory in that event.
Of course, while others may have a better record than does Woods in this tournament, Tiger still has to be considered the overwhelming favorite given his recent form.
Here are five others with a chance to keep him winless in his own event.
Adam Scott
Adam Scott
Adam Scott is looking to continue his strong play this week.
Scott skipped this tournament a year ago, deciding to head back to his native Australia and take a break from the game. Hes back this year, which could mean bad news for everyone else. Scott won the inaugural Deutsche Bank in 2003 and then finished runner-up the following year. He is also playing well at the moment, having earned his best finish in a major two weeks ago at the PGA Championship, tying for third. He has six top-5 finishes this year, but is still seeking his first TOUR win of the season.
Vijay Singh
Singh also missed this event last year, pulling out due to back spasms, which means he missed the opportunity to try and defend his title. As previously mentioned, Singh won here in 04 to wrest away the No. 1 ranking in the world from Woods. He was fourth in 2003. Singh won the Barclays Classic in June, but missed cuts in the British Open and PGA Championship have soured his season. He needs another win ' perhaps this week ' to extend his streak of four straight years with multiple victories.
Charles Howell III
Howell has played this event each of the last two years, and on both occasions has finished inside the top 10. Howell tied for ninth in 2004 and tied for fourth in 05. Its been four years since he won on TOUR. He came close to ending that earlier this year, when he tied for second in New Orleans. That, however, ranks as his only top 30 of the year. Howell is in danger of finishing outside the top 40 on the money list for the first time in his career. He needs another good finish at this event.
Sean OHair
OHair, the 2005 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, has struggled a bit in his sophomore season, but things seem to be getting better. He has made his last five cuts, which includes a tie for fourth at the Buick Open and a pair of top-15s at the Open Championship and PGA Championship. He tied for 15th in his Deutsche Bank debut a year ago.
Ryan Moore
Olin Browne won last years Deutsche Bank, which shows it doesnt take a top 10 player to win here. And considering Browne tied for 47th and missed the cut in his first two starts at the TPC of Boston, success doesnt necessarily breed success here either. Both of those are good news for Moore. Moore is making his first start in this event. He is still battling a hand injury that made him alter the take-back in his swing at the PGA; though, he still tied for ninth.
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