Tiger's Best Moments
Throughout his glittering career, Tiger Woods often had golf fans sitting wide-eyed staring at the TV in pure amazement. Throughout the ‘noughties’ he completely dominated world golf, breaking records for fun and doing it in style; there is really no doubt that Tiger Woods is a special golfer. So much so that even after several career-threatening injuries, multiple layoffs and not registering a professional win since August 2013, we just can’t help but get excited every time he graces the course.
As he once again returns to the PGA Tour this weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament he has won seven times, here at Your Golf Travel, we’re feeling the hype (especially Rory). After a long time out of competitive golf in 2017, Tiger unofficially returned at the Hero World Challenge in November and put in a solid performance, but this time he’s back on the PGA Tour, from which he has 79 professional wins.
So, to celebrate this momentous occasion, we are looking back at our Top 5 Tiger Moments. Take a look below to see which ones we have chosen and at which courses. Remember, you could relive some of Tiger’s magic at every one of these 5 venues!
In over 2 decades of Professional Golf, Tiger has changed the game greatly, providing us with moments we'll never forget
Tiger Moment #1 - The Chip In
Faced with an incredibly difficult shot having played over the flag on the par-3 16th when attacking the traditional Sunday pin. Tiger, facing a tricky up and down performed a shot that rolled up a slope well away from the flag before turning back to track towards the hole. It then stopped...as if to let the crowd catch it's breath before falling into the hole.
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Tiger Moment #2 - Greatness at The Grove
In what was his 12th (out of 18) World Golf Championship victory, Tiger dominated from start to finish. His first round ended with a spectacular eagle on the 18th to card a 63 and break the course record. He would go on to eagle that hole on both Friday and Saturday, playing up to the gathering crowds. Finishing on 23 under par, eight ahead of the rest of the field, it was a true masterclass.
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Tiger Moment #3 - US Open 2000 - Pebble Beach
To this day, Tiger’s performance in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach is the most dominant of any golfer in any major championship…ever. Going into the tournament looking to secure his first ever US Open title, he shot a 65 in the first round, which at Pebble Beach is an incredible feat. From there, the birdies kept rolling in and his golf just got better. With a 10 shot lead going into the final round and one hand firmly on the trophy, Tiger went and shot a 67 finishing 15 shots ahead of the pack, the largest ever margin in Major Championship golf history.
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Tiger Moment #4 - St Andrews Grand Slam
At a course which holds so much history, Tiger created his own at the 2000 Open Championship at St Andrews. Just a month after his Pebble Beach demolition and at just 24 years old he became the youngest ever player to achieve a career Grand Slam. Finishing on 19 under par, a record only beaten in 2015 by Jason Day, Woods was the winner by eight shots and continued his dominant year.
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Tiger Moment #5 - Ryder Cup 2010
Despite Colin Montgomerie eventually leading Team Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2010, the final day saw a man on a mission. USA went into singles day trailing by two points and needing a strong performances across the board to pull off a brilliant comeback on foreign turf. Paired with Francesco Molinari, Woods found himself two down after two but then decided to up his game, hitting 10 birdies in his next 12 holes, finishing the game on the 15th hole.
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Extra Bonus Moments - We couldn't leave it with just theseNow I know we said we would keep it to the Top 5 moments, but that isn't easy when talking about Tiger Woods. To keep it topical, let's cast our minds back to the 2008 US Open, held at Torrey Pines. Woods battled a fractured leg throughout the weekend and was forced into an 18-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate and eventually sealed his third US Open and 14th Major in the first sudden death play-off hole.
Another one of the incredible Tiger moments we just couldn't leave out was at TPC Sawgrass, on the iconic 17th hole. He managed to find the island green and was left with a 60 feet, downhill putt with three breaks to deal with; as the ball tracked towards the hole, the memorable commentary of "better than most" rang true as the putt dropped and the crowd went wild. Tiger went on to win the 2001 Players Championship by one shot, making that putt all the more special.