(AP) — After winning the Masters in 1997 for his first major, Tiger Woods said winning the Grand Slam was a matter of winning the right four tournaments. He changed his tune by the end of the year, when he failed to record a top 10 in the other majors.
But he has won four straight majors, the “Tiger Slam” because it wasn’t in the same calendar year. And he keeps getting closer. Woods won the first two majors in 2002 and finished third in the U.S. PGA Championship. He won two majors in 2005 and was runner-up and tied for fourth in the other two. And last year, he was tied for second in the Masters and U.S. Open, tied for 12th in the British Open and won the U.S. PGA.
Maybe that’s why he is optimistic about his bid for 2008.
“I think it’s easily within reason,” Woods said in a story on his Web site.
The U.S. Open will be played at Torrey Pines, where he has won the Buick Invitational five times. He was third at Royal Birkdale in 1999 at the British Open. The U.S. PGA will be held at Oakland Hills, where Woods made the cut in the ’96 U.S. Open as an amateur.