-15: Woods (US)
-8: Bradley (US), Stenson (Swe)
-6: Johnson (US), Dufner (US), Jimenez (Spa)
-5: Wood (Eng)
-4: Donald (Eng)
-1: Rose (Eng)
AKRON - The dust had barely settled after Tiger Woods coasted to a seven-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday when questions were raised about his hunger to end a five-year title drought in the majors.
Woods has not landed one of golf’s big four events since his remarkable playoff win at the 2008 US Open, though he will go into next week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill as a heavy favourite after his dominant display at Firestone Country Club.
The world No 1 was certainly in a class of his own as he spread-eagled a top-quality field at the World Golf Championships event, a sizzling nine-under-par 61 on Friday when he flirted with a magical 59 that effectively ending the tournament.
However, Woods has triumphed several times on the PGA Tour in recent years on his final start going into a major, only to fall short in his bid to increase his career tally of 14 victories in golf’s blue riband events.
Asked by reporters if his hunger for the majors had increased with each missed opportunity over the past five years, Woods replied: “As far as wanting it more than any other, no.
“It’s the same. Those are the events that we try and peak for and try and win. There are four of them a year and next week, it’s important for me to get some rest come Monday and Tuesday.
“Come Thursday I’ve got a great pairing with Keegan and Davis. Basically just try and get a feel for the golf course and how it’s playing.”
Woods, a four-times winner of the PGA Championship, has been paired with former champions Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III in Thursday’s opening round at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
“Do I want it (a major win) any more? No, it’s the same,” said Woods, who has clinched a major only four of 19 times after winning on his previous PGA Tour start, most recently at the 2007 PGA Championship.
‘Each and every major, I always want them. I’ve been successful 14 times, and hopefully next week will be 15.”
Woods’s major wins
Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
US Open: 2000, 2002, 2008
Open: 2000, 2005, 2006
PGA: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007