There’s no decisive approach to arrange Tiger Woods’ majors in sequence of importance. In terms of his office of Jack Nicklaus’ sum of 18, they all count a same. But over a 22-year span, any had a opposite highlight in terms of story and Woods’ march as a player.
So here’s a countdown, admittedly biased from someone who has witnessed them all in person, with a categorical criteria how many any attainment contributed to a awesomeness of Woods’ story. Discuss among yourselves.
No. 15: 2006 PGA Championship, Medinah
Five months before, Luke Donald had semi-chirped, “If we can contest and win majors, afterwards certainly we can be a best actor in a world.” Woods, afterwards No. 1 by a mile, filed a criticism away. And after a third-round 65 during Medinah got him into a final organisation with Donald, Woods sent a summary with a hot-putting 68 to Donald’s 74. He became a initial male to win a PGA twice during a same venue.
No. 14: 2002 Masters
Although he assimilated Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as a usually back-to-back winners of a immature jacket, Woods’ third Masters attainment was comparatively uneventful. A third-round 66 put him into a tie and final pairing with Retief Goosen, who bogeyed a initial hole on Sunday. When Woods birdied a subsequent two, it gave him a three-stroke lead that he hold with a plain 71.
No. 13: 2007 PGA Championship, Southern Hills
Most notable for Woods’ 63 on Friday, that would have been 62 though for a 15-foot birdie putt that horseshoed out on a 18th hole. On a final day, Woody Austin birdied 3 holes in a quarrel on a final 9 to get within one when Woods bogeyed a 14th hole. But Tiger birdied a subsequent to win by two.
No. 12: 2005 Open Championship, St. Andrews
Although it’s a grandest theatre for a oldest championship, Woods erased a play with a wire-to-wire, five-stroke victory. Colin Montgomerie sealed to within one with 8 to play, though Woods answered with birdies on a 12th and 14th as Monty faded. For Woods, a Old Course was again a site of a finished career Grand Slam for Woods, this one his second.
No. 11: 2002 U.S. Open, Bethpage
A extensive hospital on a really formidable test. After opening with 67, Woods went wire-to-wire, eventually winning by 3 over Phil Mickelson. In a final pairing, Woods again outplayed Sergio Garcia on a Sunday, this time 72 to 74.
No. 10: 2005 Masters
Important given it was his initial critical given 2002 and his initial underneath new pitch manager Hank Haney. It will always be remembered for Woods’ epic chip in on a 16th that put him dual forward of personification partner Chris DiMarco. But what’s infrequently lost is that Woods afterwards blew that lead with unsure bogeys on a final dual holes of regulation. But he combined to his fable by somehow regrouping to strike 3 ideal shots in conspicuous genocide for a winning birdie on a 18th.
No. 9: 2006 Open Championship, Hoylake
Woods’ many presumably romantic victory, his initial critical given a genocide of his father Earl, 3 months earlier, bringing tears and a prolonged cuddle with Steve Williams after putting out. It also stands as maybe a many trained ball-striking arrangement of his career. Woods stranded mostly to manacles off a tee to equivocate bunkers, withdrawal many mid- and even long-iron approaches. His two-stroke attainment over a diversion Chris DiMarco (again) was a masterclass in turn control.
No. 8: 2000 PGA Championship, Valhalla
Woods somehow hold off an desirous Bob May to win in a three-hole playoff. To get there, Woods had to birdie a 71st and 72nd holes, on a final creation a left-edge 7-footer after May had holed an 18-footer of his own. Woods afterwards started a playoff with his famous walk-it-in, point-the-finger birdie and hold on. In Woods’ signature season, it noted a third leg of a Tiger Slam.
No. 7: 1999 PGA Championship, Medinah
A essential major, as it came some-more than dual years given Woods had won his first. It also certified a pitch changes he had insisted on installing with Butch Harmon and that had constructed usually one win in 1998. The large impulse was Woods’ 8-foot standard putt on a 71st, another left-edge fooler he indispensable to stay a cadence forward of a surging 19-year-old Sergio Garcia. Making it, after guileless new caddie Steve Williams’ read, started Woods’ prolonged settlement of clearly never blank must-makes on Sundays in majors.
No. 6: 2001 Masters
This one finished a many underrated of Woods’ accomplishments, a Tiger Slam. Woods put himself in such a section during his Sunday 68 – as he said, “so attuned to any and any shot” – that it took him awhile after holing a 15-footer for birdie on a 72nd that he “had no some-more shots to play.” His shutting 68 distanced him from personification partner Phil Mickelson and kick David Duval, who had tied Woods with a birdie on a 15th, by two.
No. 5: 2000 Open Championship, St. Andrews
For a complete palliate with that he dominated, a sovereignty of a setting, and a fun with that he played, in many ways, this was Woods’ many considerable performance. With scores of 67, 66, 67, 69, Woods was never threatened as he went wire-to-wire to win by 8 over Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn. Fittingly, in a oldest championship on a oldest course, Woods finished a career Grand Slam during age 24, a youngest ever to grasp a feat.
No. 4: 2000 U.S. Open
Arguably a biggest golf ever played began a account among his quiescent peers that Woods had not usually risen a turn that had never been reached, though one that they couldn’t match. Despite a triple spook on a third hole on Saturday, he won by 15. He didn’t have a three-putt in maybe a excellent putting opening of his career. The 7-iron that he gouged onto a immature from a low severe some-more than 200 yards away off a cliffside par-5 sixth hole elicited Roger Maltbie’s classical call, “It’s not a satisfactory fight.”
No. 3: 2008 U.S. Open, Torrey Pines
Tiger’s many extraordinary victory. Diagnosed with a ripped ACL and highlight fractures in his left tibia, and personification opposite doctors’ advice, Woods’ mantra before and during a championship to caddie Steve Williams was “Stevie, we don’t give a s–t what we say. I’m going to win this tournament.” And while undergoing low massage any night to revoke flourishing and pain, Woods’ refrain to then-trainer Keith Kleven was, “I pennyless it; you repair it.” Notwithstanding a knee, it was a spectacle Woods won. Consider that he double bogeyed a initial hole 3 of a 4 rounds. But he done adult for that with some of a many fantastic shots of his career, including beast eagle putts on a par-5 13th and 18th holes to finish a third round. The 12-footer for birdie on a 72nd hole to get into a playoff with Rocco Mediate stands as arguably a biggest vigour putt in golf history. He had to birdie a 18th hole again in a playoff to go to additional holes, finally winning – exhausted though unaffected – on a subsequent hole with a par.
No. 2: 1997 Masters
Woods’ stipulation of autonomy from golf’s unaccepted bounds on a possible. In winning by 12 strokes during age 21, Woods brought to life a fabulous actor who hexed all – length, control, touch, intrepidity and grit. The attainment was all a some-more conspicuous given it began with a unsure 40 on a initial nine. But Woods discovered himself by entrance home in 30. From there it was a breeze: 65 and 66, any a lowest rounds of a day, and finally a shutting 69, all a while averaging 323 yards off a tee, 25 yards some-more than a subsequent longest. As Ben Crenshaw pronounced late Sunday while watching a awestruck greeting to Woods performance, “It feels like a passing.” Yes, an epoch had ended, and a new one had been ushered in.
No. 1: 2019 Masters
Woods’ fifth Masters connected many of all as a delight of a tellurian spirit. But usually in golf terms, Woods valid that he has regained a final and maybe many critical heretofore-missing square of his arsenal – a ability to tighten in mentally on a critical Sunday and tighten a show. No doubt he had help, quite on a 12th hole. But distinct several occasions given 2010 when Woods faltered late while in contention, in ways he never would have in his prime, he played with a staid control of a once-lost talent who’s again gotten his mind right. Last year, we optimistically wrote that for Woods entrance into 2019, “the tough partial is over and a best partial is about to start.” we was losing faith in that foresee in a initial 3 months of a year, though Woods in his credentials clearly done a breakthrough. The Masters changes everything. The optimist in me believes a many constrained record follow in sports – Tiger’s pursuit of Jack’s 18 majors – is behind on.