WE REVISIT TIGER’S 14 MAJOR WINS
Here’s a look back at Tiger Woods’ 14 major wins, which puts him second on his own in the all-time list, but still four behind Jack Nicklaus.
A look back at Tiger Woods’ 14 major wins, which put him second on his own in the all-time list, three ahead of Walter Hagen, but still four behind Jack Nicklaus.
1997 MASTERS (Augusta National)
In his first major as a professional Woods plays the opening nine holes in 40, but comes home in 30 to trail John Huston by three. A second round 66 puts him three ahead of Colin Montgomerie. Paired together he thrashes the shocked Scot by nine with a 65, leads by nine and stretches that to a record 12 with a closing 69. His 18 under par total is a record too and he becomes the youngest champion at 21.
1999 US PGA (Hazeltine)
Four behind Sergio Garcia after a day one 70 he adds a 67, but still trails Jay Haas by two. However, by adding a 69 Woods moves into the joint lead with Mike Weir. Garcia, just 19, mounts a great challenge from two behind, including a miraculous closed eyes shot from the base of a tree to save par on the 16th, but Woods is not to be denied and wins by one.
2000 US Open (Pebble Beach)
Throwing down the gauntlet with an opening 65 Woods turns the event into a one-man show, moving from one ahead into a record six-shot halfway lead with a 69. Even with a third round 71 he sets another record by standing 10 clear of the field with 18 holes to go and by closing with a 67 he triumphs by a major championship 15-stroke margin and with his 272 totals equals the US Open record of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Janzen.
2000 OPEN (St Andrews)
The best of the rest again cannot stop him. Ernie Els led him by one thanks to a Thursday 66, but Woods then goes three clear by matching that, is six ahead following a 67 and becomes the first player ever to finish a major 19 under when he closes with a 69. The winning margin is eight and Woods becomes just the fourth – and the youngest – player to achieve a career Grand Slam.
2000 US PGA (Valhalla)
Woods not only made it three majors in a row, but became the first to defend this title since 1937. It was no easy matter, though. The final day saw a thrilling duel with journeyman Bob May, who forced him to hole a six-footer on the last to stay alive. Their 18 under totals were a tournament record, but Woods got ahead in the three-hole play-off and stayed there.
2001 MASTERS (Augusta National)
Nobody had ever held all four major trophies at the same time, but from five behind Chris DiMarco after an opening 70 he closed to two behind and then took over at the top. David Duval and Phil Mickelson put the pressure on with last-round charges, but Woods was not to be denied his moment of history. The greatest finisher the game had seen shot 68 to triumph by two.
2002 MASTERS (Augusta National)
Nicklaus and Nick Faldo were the only players to have made successful defences at Augusta, so that was the target this time. The leaderboard was packed with big names, with Davis Love leading after the first day, Vijay Singh after the second and Retief Goosen joint top with him with a round to go, but one by one they made the mistakes and he didn’t. The final margin was three.
2002 US OPEN (Bethpage)
Six wins in the previous 10 majors became seven in 11 and, like Pebble Beach, he led from start to finish. Four clear with a round to go he was paired with Garcia, but it was Mickelson who got closest to him only to be denied again. Woods won by three in near darkness.
2005 MASTERS (Augusta National)
Not only had Woods gone 10 majors without adding to his haul, he had looked a shadow of his former self at times. But after a shaky 74 start he shot 66 and then a 65 containing seven successive birdies. He led by three, but after a miraculous chip-in at the 16th he bogeyed the last two and fell into a play-off with Chris DiMarco. A birdie at the first extra hole secured his fourth green jacket, though.
2005 OPEN (St Andrews)
Back at his favourite course, Woods wasted no time, opening with a 66 to lead by one. Adding a 67 took him four clear with the exact same score he had at halfway five years earlier. A third round 71 closed the gap to two over Jose Maria Olazabal, but a closing 70 was good enough for a five-shot win over Colin Montgomerie.
2006 OPEN (Hoylake)
Trying to become the first player to make a successful defence of the Open since Tom Watson in 1983, Woods finished his first round with an eagle to trail Graeme McDowell by only one. He then holed a four-iron in his second round 65 to lead by one, keeping that advantage despite three-putting three times in his Saturday 71 and holding off Chris DiMarco to record win number 11. He used his driver only once all week.
2006 US PGA (Medinah)
Back at the course where he beat Garcia in 1999, Woods was paired with Phil Mickelson for only the third time in majors. He started with a bogey six, while Mickelson opened with two birdies, but they both shot 69 to be three behind. Then Woods added a 68 to be one off the lead, before a course record-equalling 65 saw him join Luke Donald. Woods had won all his previous 11 majors from the front – and made it 12 out of 12.
2007 US PGA (Southern Hills)
Woods’ defence began in impressive style, as he raced into a share of the lead after reaching three under in six holes but only one more birdie and five bogeys left him one over and six behind surprise leader Graeme Storm. However, the world number one proved to be hotter than the searing Oklahoma temperatures as he carded a seven-under 63 in round two, only missing a major record when his birdie putt at the last horseshoed out. That gave him a two-shot lead and conservative play on day three extended that by one. With his untouchable front-running record, major number 13 was almost a foregone conclusion and he went on to win by two shots after surprisingly being run close by Woody Austin and third-placed Ernie Els.
2008 US Open (Torrey Pines)
Having undergone knee surgery in mid-April after finishing second in the Masters, Woods returned to competitive action for the first time in stunning style. After opening up with a two-over 72, in which he was in visible discomfort with his knee,
he forced himself into contention with a superb back nine of nine of 30 on day two which featured five birdies. A birdie-eagle finish in round three put Woods into a one-stroke lead over Lee Westwood. However, it needed a 15-foot birdie putt at the last in his final round to force a place-off with Rocco Mediate. More drama at the final hole came at the end of an 18-hole play-off the following day when Woods two-putted from five feet for birdie as his opponent parred. At the first extra hole of sudden death Mediate missed the green with his approach and Woods won with a par.
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