How did Tiger Woods perform during 2018's four major championships? We take a closer look...
At the start of the year, such was the scepticism surrounding Tiger's most recent comeback that questions remained over his ability to play competitively at a weekly PGA Tour event, let alone challenge during the latter stages of a major championship.
The great man himself has relayed since that back in early 2018 he wasn't sure he would have any sort of reliable golf swing come April for The Masters. Furthermore, he had by no means his tournament schedule set in stone. Fast forward seven months and we now have watched four separate attempts to pick up major number 15.
To wrap up our coverage of the 2018 major season, we thought we would review each of the four performances. Here's what we've come up with...
The Masters - Augusta National
Before The Masters back in April, Tiger Woods referred to himself as a 'walking miracle' and to the fact that he felt blessed merely to be able to swing a golf club again.
Off the tee at Augusta National Tiger impressed, but poor iron play and shaky putting were to be his undoing. Indeed, he cut a frustrated figure when asked directly about his performance with the irons stating that he had not expected to be struggling so much with his approach shots.
All in all, his four days at Augusta National came together to provide a bit of a ho-hum return to major championship golf. With that said, he did survive the 36-hole cut and an aggregate score of 289 saw him place T-32 - a particular highlight being the final round 69.
Catch Tiger's best shots at The Masters 2018...
U.S. Open - Shinnecock Hills
A rather more sobering performance in Southampton, New York followed April's showing at The Masters.
A solid second round 72 was two shots better than the field but ultimately wasn't enough to right the wrongs of an opening day 78. Despite hitting the ball quite well during a difficult two days in New York, he couldn't get it rolling on the greens and would miss the cut by two shots.
June's major championship was a rather more forgettable experience for the former world-number-one.
Catch whatever highlights there were from Tiger's 36 holes at the 2018 U.S. Open below...
The Open Championship - Carnoustie Golf Links
Tiger's only post-U.S. Open start in the lead-up to his appearance at Carnoustie was a solid T-6 finish in a reasonably weak field at the Quicken Loans National.
Confidence was obviously gleaned from that performance (and practice sessions since) by the time he arrived in Angus, Scotland because this was a rejuvenated Tiger who had come to the 147th Open Championship ready and equipped to win.
And win he almost did.
For a spell during the final round the whole of the golfing world were losing their minds because, almost unfathomably, Tiger Woods was leading The Open. So many people had written off the possibility and made peace with the fact that the future golfing landscape would be one where 'The Tiger Effect' had no place.
It was fun while it lasted. Tiger would eventually settle to a T-6 finish - thanks in part to a double bogey at the 11th and a single at the 12th - but he was now firmly on the prowl again in major golf.
The crowd got a little over-excited on the 18th tee-box...
PGA Championship - Bellerive Country Club
The 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club provided further evidence that the global golfing family need to consider Tiger Woods as a regular threat at future major championships.
Flashes of brilliance returned and he had the full-throated crowd in raptures on several occasions. Had he managed to keep his tee shots a little more under control then he may have pushed the undoubtedly deserving Kopeka even closer than the final two-shot deficit. Regardless, as every event passes it becomes ever clearer that Tiger's game is getting better and better, which is quite a daunting proposition for the rest of the field.
As things stand he is an early joint-favourite for The Masters in 2019. The way he is playing at present it would take only a few tweaks to his game to go on and justify those odds.
Here's his best shots from Sunday's final round...
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