There’s a lot in the media this morning about Tiger extending his win[photopress:woods_1.jpg,full,alignright] streak to seven and continuing to chase Byron Nelson’s 11 straight wins. What a lot of BS. In the past even Tiger acknowledged he wasn’t chasing Nelson since he failed to win a couple of tournaments in Asia and Europe last fall.
Apparently the PGA Tour media folks, desparate for a bit of hype, have convinced Tiger that he is, in fact, still chasing Nelson, at least judging by his quote following his win in San Diego:
“As far as how special seven is, you’re in elite company,” Woods said. “There’s only one person ahead of you. He’s one of the greatest legends in the history of the game. To be in company like with Mr. Nelson … it’s pretty special.”
Despite the quote, a story by AP’s Doug Ferguson points out that Woods doesn’t think there is still a streak:
Woods believes his winning streak ended when he lost in the first round of the HSBC World Match Play Championship last September, a European tour event. The PGA Tour record book only reflects its own tournaments.
In fact, if you dig into the transcript of the interview, one finds Tiger doesn’t think he’s challenging Nelson:
You have to clarify it. It’s not a worldwide streak. I play all around the world. It’s a PGA TOUR streak, which it is. And on top of that, it encompasses two different years, just like ’99 and 2000.
I play all around the world. I lost to Shaun Micheel, I lost the Ryder Cup, I lost in China and I lost in Japan. There are some L’s in there, and they are not all W’s.
In my mind, that’s the end of that discussion. It’ll be strange to see how the PGA Tour responds in a few weeks if Woods doesn’t win in Dubai this week.
What do you think? Is it a streak or not?