Tiger Woods has won twice as many professional events and nearly five times as many majors as the next closest active player on Tour. While he doesn't dominate in every area of the game, he consistently plays above his peers in five key on-course situations, which we identified after comparing Tiger against the field in every performance category monitored by the PGA Tour's ShotLink from the start of the 2002 season to Tiger's final round at the 2008 U.S. Open. Four of Tiger's five key strengths the areas in which he's statistically light years ahead of the field have nothing to do with power, proving you don't need to swing at 125 mph or drop 4-iron shots like they're landing on a pile of laundry to score like the No. 1 player in the world. All you need is his strategy and smarts the stuff anyone can work on and a few new options in your short game. Here's how to get them.
Tiger Key 1: He hits the green even when his tee shots miss
Tiger Key 2: He knocks it extra-stiff from short range
Tiger Key 3: He controls the damage when he misses greens
Tiger Key 4: He has a wider 'make range' when he putts
Tiger Key 5: He dominates the easy holes