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Tiger Woods' 20 Greatest Moments

Zack PumerantzAnalyst IIIJanuary 9, 2017

Tiger Woods' 20 Greatest Moments

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    The man once considered arguably the greatest golfer to ever grace a patch of grass has traveled quite the unorthodox path.

    What began as a fairytale, featuring a budding youth reeking of promise, win after Major win, eventually turned into a controversial nightmare.

    From athletic icon and perfect role model to misguided competitor and despised ex husband, Tiger Woods continues to scratch and claw for the respect he once garnered, the legend he once created.

    Let's take a look at Woods' 20 greatest moments.

    Back when he ruled the kingdom.

20. Early Dominance at the 1997 Masters

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    In his first Majors tournament, Tiger Woods blew his competition away with a colorful aggression that left a mark on the sport.

    Not only did he finish 18 under par and win by 12 shots, records to this date, but Woods dominated his field of play with only a calm smile and smooth swing that left fans and opponents in awe.

19. 2000 British Open Becomes a Grand Slam Hit

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    In winning the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews, 24-year-old Tiger Woods became the youngest player ever to achieve a career Grand Slam.

    Just another day in the life for Woods.

18. Showing His Feisty Side

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    While it's hard for us to keep a straight face, we respect Tiger's approach.

    But all we can think about is Dave Chapelle's rendition.

17. Youth in Revolt at the 1999 PGA Championship

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    With a measly two-stroke lead over 19-year-old Sergio Garcia going into the final round, it looked like 23-year-old Tiger Woods might falter to his talented opponent in 1999.

    After being behind one stroke to Garcia, Woods dug deep and hit the big shots.

    His miraculous escape from behind a tree highlighted a memorable battle between two upcoming stars.

16. Buckling Down at the 2000 PGA Championship

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    Bob May during the 2000 PGA Championship was perhaps the biggest threat to Tiger's early reign.

    After a hard-fought battle, the two went to a nail-biting playoff, where May would succumb to Tiger's dominance.

    After a birdie on the first playoff hole and then two straight holes in which he finished even with May, Tiger walked away a champion yet again.

    His first taste of adversity.

15. Flatulence Hour on the Front Nine

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    We can't help but smile, Tiger's actually got a sense of humor.

    Silent but deadly was this spectator's comical release.

14. 2000 U.S. Open Was Never Even Close

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    Not that he ever disappointed an eager crowd, but Tiger Woods' work in the 2000 U.S. Open was perhaps the most dominating performance in his career.

    On his way to finishing with the largest margin of victory in a Major and becoming the only player of that specific tournament to finish under par (-12), Woods hit 110 putts (72 holes).

    Let it be noted that Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Ernie Els were tied for second place with a score of +3.

13. Fan Appreciation Month

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    Yeah, you can bet that's not Tiger's beloved ex-wife.

    When you have 14 professional major golf championships and bleed dollar bills, this kind of thing isn't so rare.

    Athletic groupies if you will.

12. Forgetting How to Win at the 2008 U.S. Open

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    After hobbling through much of the tournament, Tiger found himself needing a birdie on the final hole to force a postseason, which he naturally hit.

    During the Monday playoff, he was once again needing a birdie on the final hole to force sudden death. Strike two...

    Woods finally defeated Rocco Mediate on the 91st hole, his last Major win.

11. A Historic Shot at the 2005 Masters

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    Having not won a Major since the 2002 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods seemed naturally anxious to regain his dominance at the 2005 Masters.

    After Chris DiMarco's missed putt on the 16th hole and consecutive bogeys from Woods brought a playoff, the legend once again took over.

    A birdie on the first hole would spell the end for DiMarco.

10. A Crafty Veteran Shows His Thanks

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    That's set to leave quite the nice bruise.

    While we were yearning for a punch to the neck from an angry Tiger, this certainly displays his world-class accuracy.

    Obviously no accident.

9. A Comeback at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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    After 132 weeks, with his last PGA Tour win coming in September of 2009, Tiger Woods seemed about ready to finally regain his dominance.

    His victory at the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational was inspirational and full of plenty of fist pumping, cries and cheers.

    Welcome back sir.

8. 2006 PGA Championship Breaks Records

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    Not only did Tiger Woods finish -18 in the 2006 PGA Championship to secure his 12th Major, but he made just three bogeys in four straight rounds to tie the record for fewest at the event.

    Just another notch on the ol' belt for the legendary golfer.

7. Duel of the Masters

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    At first we were excited for an epic martial arts fight, but in the end we left with the perfect idea for a reality show.

    Redemption project for Tiger Woods...television series with Shaquille O'Neal.

6. A Beautiful Past

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    No trophy kisses back the way Swedish model Elin Nordegren did during her marriage to Tiger Woods.

    Ah, the glory days. This was always the best moment of the tournament.

5. Greatness at the 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.

4. Showcasing His Talents Early with Bob Hope

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    A legend from the start.

    Although we'd prefer a bit more dialogue, kind of like young Dr. Dre.

3. First Career Win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational

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    It was a playoff for the history books, budding star Tiger Woods against superstar Davis Love III. 

    After shooting a 70 in the first round, Woods settled down and whipped up scores of 63, 68, 67 and 64.

    His only got stronger, easily putting his opponent away in the final moments of overtime for his first career win.

2. Starting a Family

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    Through all the tumult, amid a messy divorce and constant cheating, came two beautiful children who undoubtedly keep Tiger Woods sane.

    Sam Alexis (born in 2007) and Charlie Axel Woods ('09) will always keep these two lovebirds linked.

1. An Honorable 2006 British Open

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    The passing of his father was tough for Tiger Woods, who had always had his father's support at his tournaments, right by his side.

    But after not competing between the Masters and U.S. Open that year, Woods regained his step at a memorable 2006 British Open, in which he earned a two-shot win.

    An emotional, yet inspirational day for the entire sports world.

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