Tiger Woods admits he no longer “needs” to win the Masters Tournament but anyone questioning his desire for a fifth Green Jacket should think again.
Woods has not won a Major Championship since he claimed his 14th at the 2008 U.S. Open and last tasted victory at Augusta National Golf Club in 2005, but his time away from the course has given the former World Number One a different perspective.
The 43-year-old returned to competitive golf after a number of back surgeries in November 2017 and although he could only finish 32nd in last year’s Masters, he went on to finish sixth in The Open Championship and runner-up in the US PGA Championship before winning his 80th US PGA Tour title at the Tour Championship.
Asked about his desire to win at Augusta National, Woods smiled widely and said: “I don’t really need to win again. I really want to.
“There were a couple of events over the course of my career, Major Championship-wise, I needed to win. One, don’t blow the lead I had in 97, because of what just happened the previous year.
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“Greg (Norman) lost a six shot lead. I didn’t want to lose a nine shot lead, so I was able to win that one.
“And then to win here in 01 to complete all four in a row, that’s never been done. So I don’t know how many more chances I’m ever going to get to do that again.
“Probably not many, if at all, ever again in my career, and the build up going into that event, that’s nine months of just getting asked the same question. Yeah, I needed to win that one to get all four.”
Woods looked certain to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record tally of 18 major titles when he won his 14th in 2008 but is as surprised as anyone else to have so far drawn a blank.
“Yeah, I would say that I wouldn’t have foreseen that for sure,” he added. “After I won my 14th, I felt like I still had plenty more Major Championships that I could win, but unfortunately I just didn’t do it.
“I put myself there with chances on the back nine on various Sundays and just haven’t done it. Hopefully this year I put myself there again and hopefully I’ll get it done.”