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Tiger at the 2002 Open Championship
The last time Tiger played a major championship at Muirfield in Scotland, the site of this year's Open Championship, his performance was mixed.
Woods finished tied for 28th in the event 11 years ago, but he was plagued by a Saturday 81, the worst 18-hole score in Tiger's PGA Tour career.
Still, in the other three rounds, Woods shot 70, 68 and 65 (the course is a par-71), and if it weren't for his mini-blowup at the start of Muirfield's weekend play, he could have taken home the Claret Jug. Tiger finished six shots behind victor Ernie Els.
Here's a video of the 81, during which Mark O'Meara told Tiger, "Today you arrived."
In an interview with The Telegraph, O'Meara had said that despite Tiger's poor play, he told his long-time friend that he "didn't act like a spoiled little brat," adding that he "acted like a champion."
More than a decade after Tiger's maturation, Muirfield will offer a similar test to the one it has given 15 Open Championship fields before this year's tournament.
Jack Nicklaus, who won the event in 1966, calls Muirfield "the best golf course in Britain" (via The Star Phoenix).
As is the case with most major sites across the pond, Muirfield forces golfers to account for the wind on every hole, but its unique circular layout provides more directional variety than most links courses.
Aside from being his favorite major in general, we think Tiger's game is especially suited for the event at the moment, due to the fact that his long iron play is the best weapon in his repertoire.
This past season, Woods finished first on Tour in greens in regulation between 175-200 yards and third in approaches greater than 200-yards out.
Regarding the latter, Tiger has always been particularly accurate with his long-approach shots, but it's worth mentioning that his average distance to the hole from 200-plus (42' 3") was the closest of his career since the PGA began tracking the stat in 2002.