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.
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?