Tiger Woods' best chance to salvage season comes at Bridgestone

Tiger Woods will try to get things back on track at the Bridgestone Invitational this week. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods will try to get things back on track at the Bridgestone Invitational this week. (Getty Images)

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If you're a Tiger Woods fan you can't bank on his recovery at the PGA Championship. There will be too many variables and too much pressure and, well, Tiger Woods just isn't very good at the majors right now.

No, if you want a salvaged Tiger Woods season (and who doesn't?) then it's going to come at the Bridgestone Invitational this weekend.

The reasons are mostly obvious -- Woods owns Firestone Country Club, it's a shallower field, and, well, Tiger Woods doesn't lose at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Here's a look at his all-time wins and losses at his four best tournaments.

Tiger Woods' four best tournaments
Tournaments Times played Wins Non-wins
Bridgestone Invitational 14 8 6
Cadillac Championship 14 7 7
Farmers Insurance Open 14 7 7
Arnold Palmer Invitational 16 8 8

The numbers are actually even more absurd than that. Woods has faced 962 of the best players on the planet (remember, the Bridgestone is a limited field) and has beaten 819 of them, or 85 percent.


Here's a look at Woods' wins in Ohio vs. other states in infographic form:

Tiger Woods now has 15 wins in Florida. (CBSSports.com original)
Tiger Woods has eight wins at the Bridgestone Invitational. (CBSSports.com original)

So what should we expect from Woods' third start back from surgery? Logic tells us not very much, especially given how top heavy this bunch is.

But logic also says you shouldn't win a tournament in eight of the 14 years you play it. Logic says you shouldn't win 79 times on tour and earn $109 million in your career.

Tiger Woods has amassed a fortune defying logic.

So maybe he reaches back into the annals and rekindles some of that Bridgestone magic (remember, he flirted with 59 in the first round of this tournament last season).

On Monday Woods said the fire still burns heavy in his being.

"To me the satisfaction of that, being able to prepare and be able to go out there and get it done, it does feel good," Woods said. "I haven't lost that. I certainly don't foresee that ever happening."

With a win Woods could solidify his spot on the Ryder Cup team and salvage what will otherwise go down as a lost season on his epitaph. He certainly won't win the PGA Championship next month but he could conceivably win this week in Ohio.

And Woods has always thrived when toeing the line between the conceivable and the not conceivable. As always, this will be must-see theater.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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