Tiger Woods has not won a golf tournament since 2013. Tiger Woods has had an undeniably successful 2018 season. Those two sentences seem to be contradictory, but they are also both true.
Many people look at the body of work Tiger has put together this year and think, oftentimes because of his own standards, he has not cleared an invisible bar for the 2017-18 PGA Tour season. Winning is overrated, though, for a variety of reasons we don’t have time to get into today, and it’s also about the only thing Tiger hasn’t done in his return campaign.
Woods has 11 top-25 finishes in 17 events played. He has six top 10s and a pair of runner-up finishes. Statistically, he has been immense, too. He’s fifth in strokes gained overall and seventh in strokes gained from tee to green.
Remarkably, Woods has gone from being unable to swing a club…