Tiger Woods, LeBron James: Who will win a championship first?


Tiger Woods wore his trademark red, but failed to win the U.S. Open on the fifth anniversary of his last Open win. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

When 2013 began, Tiger Woods and LeBron James were on a roll, but that seems so very long ago. Both are trying to regain momentum — and their struggles couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Woods may have won four of eight tournaments, but it’s the majors that count for him. He stumbled in the Masters and, with “pain” in his left elbow, struggled to a 13-over par finish Sunday in the U.S. Open. The day went no better for James as the San Antonio Spurs took a 3-2 lead over his Miami Heat in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. So much for the 27-game winning streak at the start of the season; now the question is whether the Heat can win two in a row.

(Eric Gay / Losing the Finals would be a choke, no? (Eric Gay / AP)

Woods’s 15th major championship remains in a holding pattern until there’s an update on that “pain” in his arm. And James’s “not one, not two, not three” proclamation isn’t looking any more likely.

“There’s always a lesson to be learned in every tournament whether you win or lose,” Woods, whose final round included a triple-bogey that contributed to his worst performance in a major. “I’ll look back at the things I did right and the things I did wrong. … I did a lot of things right. Unfortunately, I did a few things wrong.”

James still has a chance to avert disaster, if the defending champs can win two in a row in Miami. They haven’t done that in 24 days.

“It’s time [to win consecutive games],” James said. “I think we’re well overdue when it’s time for us to win consecutive games. I think we’re at 11 or 12 straight consecutive win-loss, win-loss, win-loss. I think it’s time. Enough is enough for our team. I’m not saying it’s going to result in us having a win, but we need to play with the same sense of urgency as if we were down 2-1 or whatever the case may be tomorrow night. And we can’t wait around.”

There’s an urgency for both Tiger Woods and LeBron James. Who will accomplish his goal first: Woods by winning a major or James by winning another NBA title?

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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