COMMENTARY | Now that the PGA Tour is using a wraparound season schedule -- the 2014 edition starts next week -- golf fans won't have to wait very long to get their fix every year.
With a new season comes new speculation on whether or not Tiger Woods will add to his major championship total of 14.
While the first major of the 2014 season isn't until the Masters in April, there is a strong chance that Woods will finally break his major-less streak dating back to the 2008 US Open.
Here are four reasons why this might be Woods' best chance at a major victory in a long time:
Tiger Loves Augusta National
If you've watched his career for more than five minutes you know that Tiger absolutely loves Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters. He already has four green jackets on his resume to date, beginning with his debut major victory at the 1997 Masters. Tiger almost added a fifth to his wardrobe in 2013 had it not been for an unlucky bounce off a flag stick (and an improper drop penalty shortly thereafter). Of all the major venues this year, Tiger's best chance might come in April.
Tiger Also Loves Pinehurst (No. 2)
It might be one of the most difficult golf courses on the planet, but Tiger Woods has enjoyed a certain level of success at the site of this year's US Open over the years. While he has not won on the North Carolina course in the past, he has come darn close a number of times. He finished runner-up to Michael Campbell at the 2005 US Open (two shots behind Campbell but three shots clear of anyone else) and third to Payne Stewart at the 1999 US Open.
Tiger Definitely Loves Royal Liverpool
The 2014 British Open -- or the Open Championship, depending on which side of the pond you reside -- returns to Royal Liverpool in England where Woods won the Claret Jug in 2006. It was the last time Royal Liverpool hosted the major, and you can count on Tiger having another strong showing this season.
Tiger Really, Really Likes Valhalla
Last, but certainly not least, the 2014 PGA Championship returns to Valhalla, the Louisville course that hosted this event in 2000. Woods also captured that major with a playoff victory over Bob May, which included Tiger's famous "I'm going to follow this putt into the hole while pointing at it" moment that got him into the playoff.
While there are no guarantees in the world of professional golf, Tiger Woods might not see a better schedule of major venues again in his career. Count on him winning at least one this season.
Adam Fonseca has covered professional golf since 2005. He is also the Staff Writer for the Back9Network. Follow Adam on Twitter at @chicagoduffer.
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