Tiger Woods: Ranking His 14 Major Championship Victories

Adam ReiterCorrespondent IIIAugust 13, 2011

Tiger Woods: Ranking His 14 Major Championship Victories

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    Three years ago, Tiger Woods was on top of the world after winning his 14th Major Championship, playing on one leg at the 2008 U.S. Open Championship.

    Since then, his world has turned completely upside down, including the implosion of his marriage, the ending of his 13-year relationship with caddie Steve Williams, and the longest winless drought of his career.

    With his first-round 77, which left him 14 strokes behind leader Steve Stricker, his winless streak doesn't appear as if it will come to an end. Barring a second-round charge, he may not even make the cut.

    This is a look back at his previous 14 Major Championships:

No. 14: 2002 U.S. Open

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    Though Tiger led wire-to-wire at the '02 US Open, by no means was it his most dominant performance. In fact, in terms of a 72-hole score to par (how many strokes under par he was), it was, at the time, his worst score to par by eight shots in a Major Championship.

    Woods' scores worsened each day of the tournament, shooting a 67, then a 68, then a 70, and a 72 on Sunday, for a 3 under par 277. Woods beat Phil Mickelson, who turned an eight-stroke deficit into a three-stroke deficit over the final two days, and Jeff Maggert by five strokes.

    The win marked Tiger's eighth Major Championship.

No. 13: 2007 PGA Championship

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    Tiger bounced back from a rough Thursday 71 that left him six shots behind leader Graeme Storm by firing a 63 on Friday to give himself a two-shot lead.

    Back-to-back 69's on Saturday and Sunday gave Tiger a two-shot win over Woody Austin and a three-shot win over Ernie Els. Storm, the first round leader, shot a 76, a 74, and a 78 over the final three days and finished in a tie for 62nd.

    The win marked Tiger's 13th Major Championship.

No. 12: 1999 PGA Championship

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    Tiger overcame a four-shot deficit after the first round, shooting a 67 and 68 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, to tie for the lead after 54 holes.

    Despite shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday, Only one person, Jay Haas, who had been fifth or higher on Saturday managed to even shoot a 70 on Sunday; Haas finished in a tie for third.

    Also, Mike Weir, who was tied with Tiger after 54 holes, shot a final-round 80, and finished in a tie for 10th, eight shots back.

    The win marked Tiger's second Major Championship.

No. 11: 2002 Masters

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    After two rounds, Tiger sat in a five-way tie for fourth, four shots back of leader Vijay Singh. On Saturday, Woods shot a 6-under 66.

    That, combined with all but one of the seven people tied with him or ahead of him on Friday shooting above a 70, Woods vaulted into a tie for the lead with Retief Goosen.

    On Sunday, Woods shot a 1-under 71 while Goosen struggled to a 2-over 74. With no one else in the Top 10 breaking 70, Woods ended up winning by three shots over Goosen.

    The win marked Tiger's seventh Major Championship.

No. 10: 2005 British Open

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    St. Andrews proved to be no match for Tiger, who won the second straight Open Championship played at the Old Course in Scotland.

    Woods took a four-shot lead after 2 rounds, posting a 66 and 67 on Thursday and Friday. A slight slip-up on Saturday shrunk his lead to two-shots heading into Sunday.

    But, Woods once again proved why he was the best golfer in the world by firing a 2-under 70, the only round under par among the top 14 players from Saturday to win by five strokes over Colin Montgomerie.

    The win marked Tiger's 10th Major Championship.

No. 9: 2001 Masters

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    Tiger capped off his "Tiger Slam" at Augusta National in April 2001.

    Tiger trailed leader Chris DiMarco by five shots after the first round, but used a second-round 66 to launch himself into a tie for second place, two shots behind DiMarco.

    Back-to-back 68's on Saturday and Sunday gave Tiger a two-stroke win over David Duval and the completion of his "Tiger Slam," winning all four events that make up the Grand Slam of Golf consecutively, though not all in the same calendar year.

    The win marked Tiger's sixth Major Championship.

No. 8: 2006 PGA Championship

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    Tiger sat in an 11-way tie for 10th place after firing a first-round 69. A second-round 68 pushed him up into a three-way tie for fifth.

    A 65 and a 68 on Saturday and Sunday left Woods 18-under par, tying his own score to par record at the event, and with a five-shot win over Shaun Micheel.

    Woods was the only player during the week who shot all four rounds in the 60's.

    The win marked Tiger's 12th Major Championship.

No. 7: 2005 Masters

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    Tiger Woods took 270 shots at the 2005 Masters, and yet only one of them is the reason why this major win is so high.

    Tiger entered Augusta National having not won a Major since the 2002 U.S. Open, the longest major-less stretch since he had turned pro. In the 10 majors in between, he had only finished in the Top 15 twice.

    After a first-round 74 left him seven shots back of Chris DiMarco, it appeared as though the streak was meant to continue.

    A 66 and a 65 on Friday and Saturday put Woods at 11-under and left him with a three-shot lead over DiMarco heading to the final round.

    Woods took a one shot lead to the 16th hole when he made the now historic chip shot shown in the attached video to take a 2-shot lead.

    However, a bogey on 17 and 18 left Woods in a tie with DiMarco, so the two men played the 18th again, where Woods made birdie to DiMarco's par.

    The win marked Tiger's ninth Major Championship.

No. 6: 2000 PGA Championship

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    Tiger closed out 2000 in style winning his third consecutive major, though it came much harder than the previous two.

    After leading, or being tied for the lead after the first three rounds, Woods survived Bob May's third straight 66 in the Final Round, winning a three-hole playoff by one stroke.

    The win marked Tiger's fifth Major Championship.

No. 5: 2000 British Open

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    Tiger was simply dominant in winning his second major during his record-setting 2000.

    Tiger shot a 67, a 66, a 67, and a 69 on his way to a record-setting 19-under par, beating runners-up Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els by eight strokes each.

    The win marked Tiger's fourth Major Championship.

No. 4: 2000 U.S. Open Championship

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    Tiger showed signs of near invincibility on his way to blowing away the field at Pebble Beach.

    Tiger led by six strokes after the second round, 10 strokes after the third round, and won the event by a record 15 strokes.

    His 12-under par score was the first time in the history of the then-106-year event that someone had scored double digits under par.

    Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez finished in a tie for second at three over par, 15 shots back.

    The win marked Tiger's third Major Championship.

No. 3: 1997 Masters

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    Tiger was a blossoming star when the '97 Masters rolled around. He became a star when it was over.

    After shooting a 40 on the front nine of his first round, Woods rallied for a 2-under 70, leaving him three strokes behind leader John Huston.

    Tiger then went 66, 65, and 69 en route to a Masters-record 18-under 270, winning by 12 strokes over Tom Kite.

    The win was the first of Tiger's now 14 Major Championships.

No. 2: 2006 British Open

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    2006 started off as a very difficult time for Tiger. First, his father and mentor, Earl, died on May 3 after a battle with prostate cancer. Then, at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, Tiger missed his first cut in 39 consecutive majors. 

    Then, the British Open came, and Tiger proved one again why he's Tiger Woods. Tiger fired a 67 and 65 to lead by a stroke after the second round.

    He then held off Chris DiMarco over the final two rounds to win by two strokes. Immediately, he collapsed into caddie Steve Williams and sobbed.

    The win marked Tiger's 11th, and most emotional, Major Championship.

No. 1: 2008 U.S. Open Championship

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    Try swinging a golf club 100 + times with pain in any part of your body. Now try doing it with a bad ACL, a torn ligament, and a double stress fracture in your knee.

    Sound like fun? Well, that's what Tiger played through over not four, but five whole days in June 2008 at Torrey Pines.

    Tiger's 140 after two rounds left him a stroke back of leader Stuart Appleby and in a three-way tie for second with Rocco Mediate and Robert Karlsson.

    Then came Saturday. What Tiger did during the third round, I cannot fairly describe the magic that Tiger created that day. Just watch the video and take note of the 1:00, 3:10, 4:25, and 7:40 marks to see magic take place on a golf course.

    Tiger stumbled on Sunday, shooting a 1-over 73, dropping him into a tie with Mediate, who had fired a 1-under 71. Tiger forced a playoff by making a clutch 15-foot birdie putt on 18 that caught the edge of the hole and rolled in, creating even more bedlam at Torrey Pines. 

    An 18-hole playoff on Monday produced the same thing the first 72 holes had, a tie between Woods and Mediate. On the first sudden-death hole, the 91st hole played by Tiger on his bad knee over the previous five days, he made par to Rocco's Bogey to win his most dramatic major to date.

    The win marked Tiger's 14th, and last to date, Major Championship.

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