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Woods happy despite major-less year

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August 22, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Tiger Woods has admitted he would swap his five wins in 2013 for one major victory.

But the 37-year-old, now winless in 18 major championships, insists he is still happy with the year he has had.

Woods began the season with a four-stroke win at the Farmers Insurance Open, before the first of two WGC wins at the Cadillac Championship. Two weeks later, he won a record eighth Arnold Palmer Invitational, before triumphing at the Players Championship and his second WGC at the Bridgestone Invitational.

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"You're looking over a course of a career, and you're going to have years where you don't win major championships and years that you do," Woods said. "There's years where I've won one tournament and years where I've won nine.

"So as long as I keep winning in all those years, it's not too bad."

Woods heads in to The Barclays, the first leg of the four-tournament FedEx Cup play-offs, well clear of Matt Kuchar in second place, but understands the winner is not going to be determined until the play-off finale at the Tour Championship in late September.

Twice a FedEx Cup champion, Woods has grown comfortable with the series, now in its seventh year.

"You're basically playing for the top-five positioning going into the Tour Championship. Win it, and that will assure you being the champion of the play-offs," he said. "The first couple of years when Vijay and I won it, we didn't really have to play the Tour Championship."

When The Barclays was first held at Liberty National, Woods was a member of a vocal chorus of players who didn't particularly like the golf course. He described the Tom Kite-Bob Cupp design as "interesting".

Since then, the course, which has views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City, has undergone major renovations.

"They made some really nice improvements," Woods said. "Some of the landing areas have been changed, and a couple bunkers have been repositioned."

Woods also spoke of the Player of the Year award, and said it would mean a lot to him to win the honour for an 11th time.

"That's voted on by the players, so when you get the respect and the hats-off by your peers, that's something that we don't take lightly," he said.

Asked to name his competition for the honour, Woods gave Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker, all fellow multiple winners in 2013.

"Obviously this run, any of those guys wins, hypothetically, wins all four, you're looking at a four-, five-, six-win season, and that's a pretty good season," he added.

Woods also put a spotlight on his consistency since joining the tour in 1996. He pointed to the ten years where he has won at least five events.

"That's one of the stats that I look at as one of the ones I'm really proud of," he said. "This is one of those years."

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