PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Tiger Woods is leaving nothing to chance in his last chance this year to win a major.
Fresh off a seven-shot victory at a World Golf Championship — his fifth win of the season — Woods showed up at Oak Hill late Monday afternoon and spent most of his time chipping and putting, trying to learn the nuances of the greens. Remember, his failure to adjust to the greens is what derailed him at the British Open two weeks ago.
He also spent time with Steve Stricker talking about putting, which must have been a daunting sight for the other players. The last time Stricker gave him some putting tips was in early March, and Woods went on to win three of his next four tournaments.
The stakes are higher than usual for him at the PGA Championship.
This isn't the first time Woods has gone into the final major trying to make sure his season doesn't end without one.
One difference from previous years is that Woods now is piling up wins just about everywhere except the majors.
The Bridgestone Invitational was his fifth win of the year. Only twice in the last 30 years has a player had at least that many PGA Tour wins in a season without a major — Woods in 2009 and Woods in 2003.
For someone who has been stuck on 14 majors the last five years, Woods didn't sound like he was in panic mode.
“I think winning one major championship automatically means you had a great year,” he said Tuesday. “Even if you miss the cut in every tournament you play, you win one [major], you're part of history.”
It used to be major or bust for Woods, but when asked if he had adjusted his standards during this five-year drought, Woods offered a simple, “No.”