Similar to this year, in 2009 Woods put on a ball-striking clinic en route to a comeback victory at the Memorial.
There was high expectations for Woods to win two weeks later at the U.S. Open and even Jack Nicklaus said that he believed Woods would capture major number 15 that week.
However, things don't always go as planned.
During the first round, the morning groups faced the full wrath of Bethpage Black as cloudy and rainy weather made the course super difficult.
Woods was part of that morning wave. He played stellar golf to be even par through 14 holes, but with two bogeys and a double over the last four he fell to an opening-round 74.
In the afternoon, the sun came out and the players went low, with the lead eventually reaching six under par by the first round's end.
Woods was a full 10 shots back and he never completely recovered from the bad weather break.
He did fire rounds of 69 and 68 to climb up the leader board and when he made a birdie on 14 in the final round (along with a Lucas Glover bogey at nine), he was just three off the lead.
But Woods didn't have enough left to finish. A bogey on the tough 15th effectively ended his chances and relegated him to a T6 finish.
Maybe if Woods got the good side of the draw on day one or could've finished his first round strong he would've won this tournament.
We'll never know because although Woods valiantly fought his way back into contention the hole he left was too deep to get out of.