Welcome back to part to of our countdown to the greatest moments in Tiger Woods history. So many amazing things have happened over the course of Tiger’s career and we have enjoyed reliving each and every one of them. While we wait for the GOAT to recover from his injuries and be ready to return to golf, here are the top 6 memories we cherish most…
“The Tiger SLAM” – 2001 Masters
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Bobby Jones was once revered for winning the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur and British Open in 1930. But Tiger Woods stunned viewers in 2001. Winning the 2001 Masters marked the completion of the illustrious Tiger Slam, after having won the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship in 2000 and the Masters in 2001 (he owned the four titles, just not in the same calendar year). A legendary feat to say the least. Yeah, he was feeling the love. He had all 4 trophies on the mantle at one time.
Grand Slam? Not by definition | Tiger Slam…Hell YES!
“The Famous Ace” – Phoenix Open (Now Waste Management) 1997
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Tiger has had a lot of breakout moments, but this one put the raucous 16th hole on the map for casual sports fans. Before the 16th at Phoenix turned into a corporate hangout (Now known as the Waste management Open), we had this masterpiece of unfettered by skyboxes and grandstands (You’re my boy BLUE). Just watch the celebration, Tiger raising the roof and the amount of beer cups littering the course. This is actually a frat party disguised as a golf tournament.
“Better than MOST” – Players 2001
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This Tiger moment is perhaps as well known for the sheer difficulty of the putt as it is for the legendary call by NBC analyst Gary Koch. Locked in a tight battle down the stretch, Woods needed every birdie he could muster, and this one at 17 was an absolute all-timer. He would go on to win by one stroke over Vijay Singh, Scott Hoch and Jonathan Kaye.
“The Chip Heard Round the World” – Masters 2005
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This is it. It must be RIGHT? Tiger dead to rights behind 16 green on Sunday at the Masters. With 3 to play, needing every shot he could get — eventually winning his fourth green jacket in (You guessed it) a playoff with Chris DiMarco — Woods clipped the absolute perfect chip shot that checked perfectly at the top of the ridge and slid down into the cup, putting Verne Lundquist on the spot to ask the entire world if, “in your life, have you seen anything like that?” Now we wont talk about the blown high five attempts between Woods and his caddie. #Awkward!
“Tiger Claims 80th Career Victory” – Tour Championship 2018
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For every person who said that Tiger was finished and would never win again, there were those that knew that he had what it takes to hoist another trophy in his “Sunday Red.” This win marked his first in five years and his 80th on the PGA tour, which at the time this put him just two behind Sam Snead for 1st all-time. By the way, he now is tied with Snead at 82. One More and he is solo first. That damn car crash!
Tiger Wins Major #15 – Masters 2019
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After winning the 2018 Tour Championship, Woods proved that he was still capable of winning tournaments on the PGA Tour, even if it was against a 30-man field at East Lake. That confidence was a prime reason he was able to get the job done at Augusta National at the first major championship of the season in 2019.
Entering the day two shots behind Francesco Molinari, Woods came from behind to win his 15th major championship at the age of 43. One has to ask themselves, have we seen the last of Tiger Woods or is another improbable, remarkable comeback just what the doctor ordered? Stay tuned…time will tell