The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Tiger Woods' Major Championship Drought Continues
Originally posted 6/20/2005

Above: Tiger Woods, seen here losing yet another major
PINEHURST, NC - Golfer Tiger Woods, once the most feared player in the game, continued his precipitous slide this weekend at the 105th U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Now years removed from being the only man ever to hold the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA titles simultaneously, the slumping Woods has not won a major tournament since the 2005 Masters in April.

"I've tried everything," said Woods, who finished a dismal 2nd behind first-time winner Michael Campbell of New Zealand, "and I just have no idea what's wrong. You hit a stretch like I've hit, and you start to wonder if you're ever going to win another major for the rest of your life."

"I definitely felt the pressure at the start of the day," said Campbell, who began Sunday's final round at +1, four shots behind the leader and defending champion Retief Goosen, "but when Goosen fell apart I really thought I had a chance to win it. I noticed that somebody was catching up to me on the back nine, but then I realized, 'Oh, never mind. It's just Tiger Woods.' That gave me the confidence I needed to win the whole thing."

"Since Tiger's the biggest name in golf, we tend to overanalyze anything he does," said ESPN gold commentator and former U.S. Open champion Andy North, "but I don't think it would be overstating it to say that this is probably the darkest period of his career. The guy hasn't won a major in almost ten weeks, his dad hasn't been healthy enough to travel with him to tournaments and, let's face it, even though he's got that super-hot young Swedish wife, she's not getting any younger or more Swedish."

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