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New season, same goals: Tiger Woods wants more major success in 2014

Tiger Woods makes his first start of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season Thursday at Torrey Pines with an 80th PGA Tour victory the next milestone to be checked off his list.

Of course, this is Tiger Woods we’re talking about here. You know that sooner or later the same conversations will arise, which they have. It didn’t take long for the Nike-branded golfer to bring up the subject of majors – of which he’s itching to win this season.

Quoted on ESPN.com, Woods said: "I view it as every year's a big year. Every year that I get a chance to compete and play in tournaments and major championships for as long as I decide to do it, every year's a big year, every year counts.

"Looking back from the beginning of my career to now, I know that I don't have 20 years in my prime. ... But the outlook is still the same. I still prepare the same, I still work my tail off to be ready to compete at this level and beat everything that I'm playing against."

Tiger is currently (not) enjoying a lengthy stretch of time without tasting major success. In fact, it’s been five long years since the World Number 1 actually won any of the big events, so 2014 has been strongly touted as the year he breaks his duck.

Woods turned 38 in December, making many of us look back and wonder where all the years had gone. He was presented the Jack Nicklaus Award as 2013 Player of the Year by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, and although he didn’t capture any majors during last season, he did win five times of the PGA Tour – the tenth time he’s managed to do so – to rack his career victory total to 79; three behind Sam Snead’s record.