Can anyone stop Tiger Woods at the USPGA?

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Published 15/08/2009 11:15:35
 

Tiger Woods leads the US PGA Championship at Hazeltine by four shots at the halfway stage and things are looking ominous. Sick of hearing the press give the trophy to Tiger before he's hit a ball? Check out some of the omens, records and stats about Tiger Woods at the majors of golf.

 

If Woods wins the title, he will become the first golfer to win a major in five consecutive seasons.

Woods is chasing his fifth USPGA Championship - a record that would tie him with all-time greats Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen.

Tiger has led a major championship eight times after day two. He has gone on to win the tournament every single time.

If Woods goes on to win the trophy as predicted it will be his 15th major - leaving him just three behind Jack Nicklaus on 18. Woods is only 33; Jack won his last major at the age of 46.

The four shot lead Woods holds is his largest at a major since 2005 at the British Open.

The course at Hazeltine is the longest ever in major championship history - 7,674 yards. Although Woods isn't the longest hitter, he's probably the best shotmaker and can certainly hit it longer than most too.

 

Tiger has never lost a tournament that he's been leading by four shots going into day three.

This is the first time Woods has gone under-par in the two opening rounds of a major since the 2006 USPGA at Medinah. He won that one.

VIjay Singh has finished second to a victorious Woods an incredible five times - more than anyone else, tied with Ernie Els. Woods and Singh tee off together on Saturday.

Thursday's round of 67 was Tiger's best start at the USPGA since 2000 - when he shot 66. Guess what? He won that one, too.

Woods' total of 137 (7-under par) ties the 36-hole total set by Payne Stewart in the 1991 U.S. Open. Those are the lowest scores at the midpoint of a major championship contested at Hazeltine National. Stewart went on to win.

 

Sources: Official Tiger Woods site, WIkipedia 




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