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Tony's Take on Tiger

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Cleveland (WOIO) - Tiger Woods has always been held to a higher standard, but that used to be a good thing, when he was racking up titles during the greatest 10-year stretch in golf history. Now, it's a negative, because since the scandal, and his long, grinding return to the top, nothing Woods does is good enough anymore. 5 wins this season? Big deal. A runaway win at the Bridgestone Invitational? Who cares? According to the critics, if Tiger doesn't win the PGA Championship this weekend, it's a bad year. And I just don't buy it.

True, he's been stuck at 14 majors since winning the U.S. Open in 2008, and at the age of 37, with his intimidating aura now a thing of the past, he's certainly no longer a lock to match, or break, Jack's record of 18. And I agree, when measuring the greats, it is all about the majors. Phil falls into this category as well, which is why the win at the Open was so important, and impressive. But it's not as though Tiger's racking up wins at the John Deere Classic. He's won two WGC events, including last week at Firestone, where he put a 61 on his card in round two, and cruised to his 8th win on that course.

Woods will win another major. It may not happen this weekend. In fact, it likely won't. The last time he played Oak Hill in Rochester, New York, he struggled. But another failed attempt at his 15th major title won't wash away what has been his best season in years. The expectations for him should be high. Just not unreasonable.


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