Tuesday 23 January 2018

Six of the best from Tiger's career

1 The Memorial, 2012, Muirfield Village, Hole 16 (Par 3):

Jack Nicklaus described the flop-shot Tiger played from a nasty lie on the downslope to the back of the green at 16 as "the most unbelievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen". It needed a big swing to get it out of the heavy grass, yet a gossamer touch if the ball was to hold the sloping green and not roll into the water. Woods played it beautifully, the ball landing softly before rolling out gently to the cup for birdie. Outrageous!

2 The Masters, 2005, Augusta National, Hole 16 (Par 3):

Prior to Sunday, this was the 'Shot of the Century'. Tiger hit his tee shot long and left of this hugely sloping green, leaving an 'impossible' pitch. After due consideration, Woods chipped his ball to the perfect spot 25 feet above the hole and it rolled in a huge arc down to the front cup, pausing just long enough for the Nike logo to wink at the world before tumbling out of sight.


3 EMC World Cup, 2001, Taiheiyo Club, Japan, Hole 18 (Par 5):

Tiger needed to chip in for eagle from the rough on a downhill lie in a greenside swale at the final hole if he and David Duval were to force their way into the play-off with South Africa, Denmark and New Zealand. Somehow, he managed to pull it off. Ernie Els and Retief Goosen went on to win, but that shot by Woods was the highlight of the tournament. It was inspired!

4 PGA Championship, 2002, Hazeltine National, Hole 18 (Par 4):

Completing his storm-hit second round on Saturday morning, Tiger hooked his tee shot so far left on 18, it landed in a bunker by the ninth fairway. Hitting off a hanging lie in sand tight to the left of the trap and with 211 yards over trees to the elevated green, he drew his three-iron and hit a gorgeous high draw into the wind and on to the green. Unbelievable!

5 Canadian Open, 2000, Glen Abbey, Hole 18 (Par 5):

Leading Grant Waite by one going to the final tee on Sunday, Tiger blocked his drive into a right fairway bunker. Waite was already safely on in two as Woods perused the 213-yard carry over trees and then water to tight right pin. It'd be crazy to go for the flag but that's what Tiger did, hitting a stunning six-iron to the back right fringe before getting down in two for birdie and victory. Glorious!

6 US Open, 2008, Torrey Pines, Hole 18 (Par 5):

Tiger's made many monster putts. The 60-foot, triple-breaker from the back of the 17th green at Sawgrass in the 2001 Players, for example, or the 16-footer he holed for victory at the 2009 Arnie Palmer. Yet the greatest clutch-putt of all came on the 72nd in San Diego, 2008, when Woods, playing with two stress fractures in his legs and a busted left knee, sank a 15-footer for birdie to force a play-off with Rocco Mediate. He was unbeatable!

Irish Independent

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