Woods heads to "Glory's Last Shot"

Originally Published: August 7, 2007
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1998, 2003 and 2004. Those are the three years in which Tiger Woods has failed to win a major championship since turning professional.

Will he add 2007 to that list, too? So far this season, Woods is 0-for-3 at the biggies, despite having contended at all three. His last chance comes this week at Southern Hills, site of the PGA Championship and, as the motto goes, "Glory's Last Shot" -- and Tiger's last shot, too.

What does winning a major mean to him? How many PGAs will he claim in his career? And will he contend this week? Our experts tackle each of those questions in this edition of Fact or Fiction.

Woods
Woods

Tiger Woods would trade four PGA Tour regular-season wins for one major victory.

Bob Harig, contributor, ESPN.com: FACT. Tiger might say that a year in which he won just a single major and nothing else might not have been what he was looking for. But he no question would prefer to be adding majors above anything else.

Jason Sobel, golf editor, ESPN.com: FACT. And he wouldn't even think twice. There's one number Woods is chasing, and that's 18 -- as in the number of career major titles that Jack Nicklaus owns. No matter how many times he wins at places like Doral or Firestone, they won't help him achieve that ultimate goal of toppling Jack.

Ron Sirak, executive editor, Golf World: FACT. He's not about Sam Snead's career victory record, he's about Jack Nicklaus' 18 professional major titles.

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Woods

Tiger Woods will win more PGA Championship titles in his career than any other major.

Harig: FICTION. He's already ahead in Masters with four and Augusta National will always suit him, even with the rough. And don't forget that the British Open will likely head to St. Andrews two more times while he's still in his 30s.

Sobel: FACT. For as much as Woods continues to contend that he enjoys majors at which the score is single digits under par, he wins more often when the winning score hits the mid-teens under par. Quite simply, that's apt to happen more often at the PGA than any of the other three.

Sirak: FICTION. The man owns Augusta National. He just might break Jack's record of six green jackets.

Woods
Woods

Tiger Woods will be in contention come Sunday afternoon at Southern Hills.

Bob Harig, contributor, ESPN.com: FACT. After his performance at Firestone on Sunday, it would be difficult to envision anything else.

Jason Sobel, golf editor, ESPN.com: FACT. In two previous trips to Southern Hills as a pro, Woods has never finished in the top 10; he was T-12 at the 2001 U.S. Open and T-21 at the 1996 Tour Championship. But coming off an 8-stroke victory at Firestone, he seems to have found his swing and should be in the mix once again this week.

Ron Sirak, executive editor, Golf World: FACT. Last chance for a major this year. That will get his competitive juices flowing.

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