Tiger Woods has made pivotal strides to get back atop the sport of golf this year.
That's why winning the Deutsche Bank Championship this Labor Day weekend at TPC Boston is so critical to his momentum.
Woods has fought hard all season long to remain atop the PGA money list and among the best golfers on the planet. Tiger has six Top 10 finishes and three huge wins in 17 events this year.
He swung the momentum in his favor with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March, and then continued his comeback with wins at The Memorial in June and the AT&T National at Congressional last July.
With Woods off to another hot start at this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship, it's absolutely vital that he finish strong in order to maintain his positive momentum.
Tiger shot a seven-under 64 in Friday's opening round in Norton, Mass. and followed that up with a three-under 68 on Saturday. And since he struck out on all four major tournaments this season, he can only impress by continuing to win against the best players on tour.
Tiger's remarkable opening round will keep him in contention throughout the weekend and provide him with some room for error if and when the struggles come.
Tiger has survived struggles in the past and still gone on to win. However, he can ill-afford to slip up too many times this weekend considering that he is zero for his last five tournaments and proved shaky in the final rounds as of late.
Following his win at Congressional on July 1, he missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic, finished third at the British Open, placed eighth at Bridgestone, finished 11th at the PGA Championship and fell apart at The Barclays, finishing 38th.
One more near miss would have Tiger spiraling out of control heading into 2013. On the other hand, a win would solidify him as the top golfer in a year that featured four different major winners and potentially earn him the Player of the Year Award over Rory McIlroy.
If Tiger can put together a winning performance this Labor Day weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his momentum will be sky high and have him in position to be the man to beat heading into 2013.
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