Tiger Woods: A History of Tiger's British Open Performances

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIJuly 16, 2012

Tiger Woods: A History of Tiger's British Open Performances

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    Tiger Woods is perhaps the greatest golfer of his generation.

    With 101 total wins, including 14 wins in a major, Woods has put himself up there with the greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and others.

    When it comes to The Open Championship (or British Open), Woods has had a good amount of success, winning three titles (2000, 2005, 2006), while also having four other Top-10 finishes.

    This year, the tournament will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club where Woods has finished 25th (2001) and 22nd (1996) in his two attempts at the course.

    Here's a look at Woods' history at The Open Championship.

Amateur Years (1995-96)

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    In the 1995 and 1996 tournaments we were just starting to learn how good Woods was.

    During his first Open Championship at the age of 20 Woods struggled a little as he shot 11-over for the tournament.

    However, his first three days were played very well as he sat at four-over before shooting a seven-over on the final day.

    The next year, while he still remained an amateur, Woods did a lot better, finishing 22nd with a three-under performance.

    Where he impressed the most was in the second round, where he shot five-under to counter his four-over first-round performance.

Roller Coaster (1997)

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    In his first Open Championship as a pro, Woods had a roller coaster of four days.

    He shot one-over and three-over in the first two days, but then came out of nowhere in the third day as he shot a seven-under 64 to get himself close to the top of the leaderboard.

    But, a three-over final round had him settle for 24th place.

    In this tournament, we saw flashes of greatness and it prepared us for what was to come over the next few years.

Top-10 Finishes (1998-99)

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    Woods earned is first two Top-10 finishes at The Open Championship during the 1998 and 1999 tournaments.

    In 1998, he shot five-under on the first day to take the lead into the clubhouse.

    However, scores of three-over and seven-over in the second and third rounds dropped him down and forced him to play catch up on the final day.

    On that final day, he had another great performance, shooting a four-under 66, finishing third.

    In 1999, course conditions were horrible and no player was able to shoot under par for the tournament.

    Woods finished 10-over, which was good enough for seventh place.

    Consistency was the name of the game in this tournament for Woods, as he shot three rounds of three-over 74, while his second round was one-over 72.

First Win (2000)

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    Woods got his first Open Championship title in 2000 as he set a tournament record by shooting 19-under at St. Andrews.

    Throughout the tournament, Woods shot in the 60s to run away with the title.

    The first round saw him shoot five-under, while following that up with a six-under 66 in the second round. The third round saw another five-under, with the final round a semi-coronation as he shot a three-under 69.

    This tournament showed how dominant he can be and was the second of four-straight major wins.

Down Years (2001-02)

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    After winning in 2000, it's safe to say that finishing outside the Top-20 the next two years was a big disappointment for Woods.

    In 2001, he finished 25th with a one-under 283 for the tournament, nine shots behind winner David Duval.

    He played decently throughout the tournament, shooting three-under through the first two rounds. But, a two-over third round cost him his chance at a second-straight title and forced him to watch the final group from the clubhouse in the final round.

    In 2002, he looked strong again in the first two rounds, sitting at four-under heading into the weekend.

    Then, that blasted third round got him again, as he shot a 10-over 81 to put himself out of contention.

    A six-under 65 in the final round softened the blow just a little bit, but it left Woods wondering what might have been had he not had a horrible third round because Ernie Els won at six-under.

    Had Woods just shot par in the third round, there would have been no playoff that year, and Woods would have won the major.

Back in the Top-10 (2003-04)

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    Woods got back on track the next two years, getting back into the Top-10.

    In 2003, he finished fourth, shooting a one-over 285.

    And, in this tournament, the third round was his best friend as she shot a two-under on the day.

    In 2004, Woods finished ninth, shooting a three-under 281.

    In the first, second and fourth rounds, Woods shot average, hovering around par, but it was the third round where he made the most noise, shooting three-under on the day.

King of the Mountain (2005-06)

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    Woods got back on top in 2005 and 2006, dominating both courses.

    In 2005, he shot a 14-under 274 to take the title.

    By the end of the first two days, he was already at 11-under and was able to focus onto holding his lead during the weekend.

    His three-under over the weekend helped get him his second title as Nick Faldo was the next closest at six-under.

    In 2006, he dominated again, this time it was a little different.

    Heading into the final round, Woods was one shot up on Ernie Els. In that round, Woods shot a five-under 67, while Els shot one-under, giving Woods a bigger win that what it really was.

    This victory was the last time Woods won the Open Championship.

Outside the Top-10 (2007)

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    Finishing 12th is not what Woods had in mind, but I'm sure he was still happy with his placing, despite his second-round performance.

    In the first round, Woods shot a two-under 69 to be tied for eighth.

    Then, in the second round, Woods shot three-over to get himself removed from the leaderboard.

    From there, Woods fought to keep his score respectable, shooting three-under over the final two days.

    In 2008, Woods didn't play in the tournament due to season-ending knee surgery.

The Last Few Years (2009-11)

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    The last few years have been pretty much forgettable for Woods at The Open Championship.

    In 2009, he finished in 74th place, missing the cut for the first time ever at the tournament.

    One year later, he played decently, finishing 23rd after finding himself tied for eighth after the first round.

    However, second and third rounds of one-over 73 and a final round of even par didn't allow him to even come close to competing for the title.

    As 2011 rolled around, many thought Woods would be back in the hunt for a title, but he didn't want to risk re-injuring his left leg and pulled out of the tournament.