Tiger writes his own comeback tale

Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open golf...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open golf tournament on the Lake Course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California June 16, 2012. (Robert Galbraith/REUTERS)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Tiger Woods likes to capture majors when he’s in the lead going into the final round.

In fact, that’s the only time he wins them.

The 36-year-old was either in the lead or shared the edge after 54 holes in each of his 14 major championship victories. He is 14-1 when leading.

He has never shown the ability to reel in leaders on the final day, which is what he will have to do on Sunday at The Olympic Club if he’s going to claim his 15th title at the U.S. Open.

The last time Woods was anywhere close to the lead going into the final round of a major was at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He was five shots back of Dustin Johnson after Saturday’s action, and he shot 75 in the final round to end up three back of champion Graeme McDowell.

At the 2010 Masters he was tied for third, four shots back of Lee Westwood after 54 holes, but carded a final-round 69 to finish five behind winner Phil Mickelson.

So if Woods can pull off a win on Sunday, it would be quite the exclamation point on his return to major championship form.

 


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