The Best 9 Shots that make Tiger Woods Legend
- Published: 30 July 2018
- This video contains the most incredible 9 shots in Tiger Woods career, that always remind us about a living legend
1. 1996 Milwaukee Open
In Tiger’s first tournament as a pro, a 20-year-old Woods hit a 202-yard 6-iron on the 14th hole at Brown Deer Park Golf Course. It went in for an ace and introduced us to the Tiger Fist Pump. This was Woods’ "hello, world" moment.
2. 2002 PGA Championship
Tiger found the fairway bunker on No. 18 at Hazeltine and was facing a downhill lie with a tree in front of him and 210 yards to the hole. So what did he do? He hooked a 3-iron around the tree, carried it to the green and landed it eight feet from the hole (and then made that putt for birdie). The lie, the distance, the club, the TREE — it’s an impossible shot. Except for 2002 Tiger.
3. 2000 PGA Championship
Locked in playoff with Bob May at the 2000 PGA at Valhalla, Tiger drained a 20-foot birdie on the first of three playoff holes en route to winning the major. We remember it, of course, because of Tiger’s animated finger-point as he followed the birdie into the hole. Look at this guy — is there any chance he’s not beating Bob May? It’s been a long time since Tiger moved around a course with such conviction.
4. 2001 Players Championship
On the famous No. 17 island green at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger faced a 60-foot downhill breaker that any player in the world would be happy to simply two-putt. But Tiger pulled off one of his best putts ever (based on sheer difficulty) and drained it. This is pure vintage Tiger.
5. 1997 Phoenix Open
Young Tiger was just vicious. On the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, Tiger gave the people what they wanted — what they needed, perhaps –and knocked in a hole-in-one. Enjoy this Tiger fist pump and reminisce.
6. 2008 U.S. Open
Playing on a wrecked knee and fractured tibia — read those words again — in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Tiger produced one of his most memorable moments ever. On No. 17 in Round 3, Tiger, facing an awkward lie in the greenside rough, hit a chip that bounced once and dunked in, leaving Tiger scratching his head and breaking into a laugh. He’d get into an 18-hole Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate and win on that broken leg, which is probably one of the best wins of all-time. I happened to be on a Greek island on a family vacation and therefore unable to watch it live, making me the first person in the world to be upset about being on a Greek island.
7. 2012 Memorial Tournament
Hey – a relatively recent Tiger moment! On No. 16 at Muirfield Village — the home of Jack Nicklaus — Tiger was buried in the rough and 50 feet away from the pin. His chip would be rolling downhill towards water, so Woods decided to take a big swing and play a flop shot, hopefully taking the water out of the play.
8. 2000 Bell Canadian Open
Only Tiger enthusiasts will remember this shot, but it’s one Woods has called probably the best of his career. On the 18th hole at Glen Abbey, Tiger hit his drive into a fairway bunker and was looking at 213 yards over water for his second shot on a par 5. Most would probably lay up and take the water out of play, but Tiger pulled a 6-iron — a 213-yard 6-iron out of a bunker! — and smoked it over the water and into the back of the green. The degree of difficulty here is amazing.
9. 2005 Masters
Ah, yes. The chip on No. 16 at Augusta National. It’s hard to believe that was 10 years ago, but it was. Everything displayed here — the talent, risk, guts, drama and outcome — is Tiger Woods’ career rolled into one incredible shot. It’s why we’ve watched over the years and why we’re hoping Tiger still has something amazing left.