Title: Tiger Woods looking forward to '14
Description: THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- With his final tournament of 2013 set to begin Thursday, Tiger Woods has his sights set on the 2014 major championships. Harig: Bridging The Gap Playing in Tiger's tournament this week means different things to all 18 golfers in the field, writes Bob Harig. Story Stuck on 14 majors since his 2008 U.S. Open victory, the topic is never far from the discussion with Woods, who has 79 PGA Tour victories and turns 38 on Dec. 30. "I've won at every one except (U.S. Open venue) Pinehurst," Woods said of the four host courses for the 2014 major championships. "And I'm trending in the right way. I've finished third, second ... you get the picture, right? OK. So I'm looking forward to the major championships. They have set up well for me over the years, and I look forward to it." Woods has won four times at Augusta National, but will be going on nine years since his last victory at the Masters when the tournament is played in April. He was in contention at both the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst. He tied for third, two strokes behind winner Payne Stewart in 1999, and was second, two shots behind winner Michael Campbell in 2005. Woods won the last Open Championship played at Royal Liverpool in 2006, famously hitting just one driver off the tee throughout the tournament on his way to capturing his third Claret Jug. And his 2000 victory at Valhalla, where the PGA Championship returns, gave him three straight major championships that year. [+] EnlargeTiger Woods ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images Tiger Woods said Wednesday of his five PGA Tour wins in 2013: "That's a pretty good number; no one (else) did that this year, so I'm very pleased at the year overall." Woods the No. 1-ranked player in the world, headlines the field at this week's Northwestern Mutual Challenge at Sherwood Country Club, the annual fundraiser for his foundation that next year will move to Florida. All 18 players in the field are ranked among the top 30 in the world. Woods has won the event five times and looks to end the year on a strong note after winning five times on the PGA Tour, his last victory coming in August at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. "My goals are still the same -- keep improving," he said. "I feel like I've improved this year more than I did over the previous year. Won five times. That's a pretty good number; no one [else] did that this year, so I'm very pleased at the year overall. "I certainly wish I could have played a little better in major championships. I was there at the Masters and the British certainly with a chance, but just didn't get it done. The other two I didn't played well."