Woods frustrated by title drought

Tiger Woods has come a long way since this time last year - but not far enough, as far as he is concerned.

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When the former world number one missed the cut by six shots at the USPGA Championship last August he looked a million miles away from the player who had won 14 majors.

He remains four behind Jack Nicklaus' record, but after finishes of 40th in the Masters, 21st in the US Open and third in the Open - plus three other tournament wins - things are certainly looking up again.

"I'm pleased at the way I was able to play at certain times and obviously disappointed that I did not win," Woods said at Kiawah Island, where the 94th USPGA starts tomorrow.

"I've played in three major championships this year and I didn't win any of them. That's the goal.

"I was there at the US Open after two days [he was joint leader] and I was right there with a chance at the British Open.

"Things have progressed, but not winning a major championship doesn't feel very good."

Not that the 36-year-old is fretting over a pursuit of Nicklaus that has stalled for four turbulent years in his life.

"I figure it's going to take a career - a long time," he said.

"Jack didn't finish his until he was 46, so if you go by that timetable I've got 10 more years.

"Four more majors is a lot, but I've got plenty of time."

Tom Watson nearly won the 2009 Open just short of his 60th birthday and the year before that Greg Norman was third at Birkdale aged 53.

"We can play late in our careers just because of our training and also just getting the right golf course," he added.

Woods now finds himself on the longest course in major history - 7,676 yards if played from every back tee - and one made famous by its staging of the 'War on the Shore' Ryder Cup in 1991.

He also finds himself in the strongest field ever assembled for any event.

Barring any late withdrawals, it will be the first time since the rankings were launched in 1986 that the world's top 100 are all in the same place.

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The last 16 majors have had 16 different winners. This season has seen Bubba Watson capture the Masters, Webb Simpson the US Open and then last month Ernie Els his second Open.

It could easily become 17 - Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Woods are not on the list and nor, of course, is Adam Scott after he threw things away with four closing bogeys at Royal Lytham.

Watson is also celebrating something off the course this week - his adoption of a baby boy was finalised.

The American's victory at Augusta came just after he and wife Angie had welcomed month-old Caleb into their home, so perhaps the latest news will spur him onto more major glory.

"Monday was a great day for us, so that's the most important thing - and now we're on to trying to win this tournament," he said.

Simpson, meanwhile, has become a father again since he triumphed in San Francisco, missing the Open while he waited for his wife Dowd to give birth.



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