Top 5: Tiger Woods moments at AugustaMarch 1, 2017 History
It has been 20 years since Tiger won his first Masters title. Here we take a look back at his best moments.
It’s been 20 years since a fresh-faced Tiger Woods stormed to his maiden major victory at Augusta National, where he broke numerous records along the way.
In just his first Masters appearance as a professional, the then 21-year-old won by an astonishing 12 shots and solely held the record for the lowest aggregate score until Jordan Spieth matched it back in 2015.
Woods’ victory also meant he was the youngest player to win the Masters. A feat that he still holds to this day.
Here are five of his best moments at Augusta National.
Chip-in at the 16th (2005)
The pressure was on. Woods held a one-shot lead over Chris DiMarco at the par-3 16th hole in the final round.
He hit his tee shot long and left behind the green side bunker. Using his knowledge of the greens, Tiger chipped his ball back up the slope and allowed his ball to roll back down towards the pin.
For a brief second, the crowd held its breath as the ball stopped on the lip of the hole before it eventually dropped and will be remembered for years to come.
Impossible hook shot (2010)
This is one that will possibly be in the back of your mind when it comes to Tiger at the Masters. Coming off the back of an eagle at the eighth during the first-round Tiger pulled his tee shot in the left hand rough on the par-4 ninth.
The sensible option would have been to punch out to the fairway due to the overhanging branches but that wasn’t in Tiger’s mind.
He played a low hook shot under the trees that stopped at the back of the green and set him up for his second birdie of the day that took him to 3-under par.
Completing the Tiger Slam (2001)
Tiger went into the 2001 Masters as the clear favourite following his victories at the 2000 U.S Open, Open and PGA Championship.
His second-round score of 66 (-6) catapulted him into contention going into the weekend. Trailing leader Chris DiMarco by two shots.
Woods eventually pipped David Duval and Phil Mickelson in a tight final round to win his second green jacket.
Back-to-back green jackets (2002)
Tiger became just the third Masters champion to win back-to-back green jackets, joining Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only players to win in consecutive years.
He went into the final round tied for the lead with South African, Retief Goosen. Woods shot a final round 71 to win the tournament by three shots.
Third Round 65 (2005)
Tiger opened up the 2005 Masters with rounds of 72 (+2) and 66 (-6). Trailing leader Chris DiMarco by six shots going into the weekend.
Woods made a charge up the leaderboard during the third round, making seven birdies and two bogeys to shoot a 65 (-7). Handing himself a three-shot lead going into the final round.
He went on to win in a play-off against DiMarco by birding the first play-off hole.