Ranking Tiger Woods' Best Rounds Ever

Mike DudurichContributor IFebruary 7, 2013

Ranking Tiger Woods' Best Rounds Ever

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    Tiger Woods has put together a lengthy list of spectacular performances in his PGA Tour, which is what might be expected considering how he dominated the game for a dozen years.

    Some have been in majors, some in regular tour events.

    The common thread in his best performances has always been his ability to muster his best on the biggest stages in the game.

    Here’s a list of what I believe to be his best rounds ever.

    You may agree or disagree, but it’s a list of unbelievable rounds.

10. 2009 Memorial Final Round

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    Tiger Woods seemingly always plays well at Muirfield Village Golf Club, home to the Memorial Tournament.

    With his win in 2012, he’s now won Jack Nicklaus’ event five times, but his best round may have been the final round in 2009.

    Trailing by four shots heading into Sunday, Woods made one of his patented charges on the back nine.

    In classic Woods style, he finished birdie-birdie to knock off Jim Furyk by a shot. How good was the round? He hit all 14 fairways and chipped in for eagle at the 11th.

9. 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship Final Round

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    The Tiger Woods-Vijay Singh rivalry didn’t last all that long, but it certainly had its moments.

    In 2004, Singh beat Woods in the Deutsche Bank Championship to climb into the top spot in the World Golf Rankings.

    Two years later, the same two were in the spotlight again; Singh led by three going into Sunday.

    By the fifth hole, that lead was gone, and Woods put the finishing touches on a 63 that gave him his fifth straight win (a streak that would get to seven).

8. 2009 BMW Championship Third Round

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    The entire year was special for Woods, winning six times but also losing to Y.E. Yang in the PGA Championship—his first time losing a major after leading through 54 holes.

    It also featured another one of those eye-popping rounds, a 62 in the third round of the BMW Championship that springboarded him to an eight-shot victory.

7. 2012 Honda Classic Final Round

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    This was one of the early signs last year that Tiger Woods and his golf game were going to make some noise on the PGA Tour.

    He put together a masterful final-round 62 in the Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion Course that blew away all but one in the field, Rory McIlroy.

    Going into Sunday’s round, Woods trailed McIlroy by nine shots, and his sparkling round moved him 16 spots up the leaderboard, but McIlroy’s 69 was good enough to win.

6. 1997 Masters Third Round

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    It appeared as though Woods was destined to have a tough time with Masters pressure when he came out of the gates in his first appearance at Augusta National with a 40.

    Yes, a four-over-par 40 in his first major championship as a professional. But something happened between the ninth green and 10th tee because he tore up the back, shooting a 30.

    He took control of the event with a blistering 65 in the third round.

    He was doing things to the venerable National that had never been done before.

    Catapulted by that 65, Woods won the event the next day by 12 shots.

5. 2007 PGA Championship Second Round

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    The number 63 is a magic one in major championships, and Woods put his name next to that score (the lowest in major championship history) with a sizzling second round at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

    He had a chance to go where no man had gone before or since on the scoreboard, but his birdie putt on the final hole lipped out.

    Regardless, he went on to win the event, his 13th major title.

4. 2008 U.S. Open Third Round

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    How does a round of 70 make this list?

    Elementary, my dear Watson.

    Despite starting his day with a double bogey, Woods hung in there around a difficult Torrey Pines South and turned in a spectacular back nine that included a pair of eagles—the first at the 13th, the second at the 18th—and squeezed in a chip-in birdie at the 17th.

    He did all that on a knee that was progressively getting worse and more painful.

    He went on to win the Open in a Monday playoff.

3. 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Final Round

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    The circumstances surrounding this special Sunday at Pebble Beach made for great theatre and were a harbinger of things to come.

    Tiger Woods trailed Matt Gogel by seven shots with seven to play in Sunday’s final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

    No big deal. Woods put together a stretch of eagle, birdie, par, birdie to steamroll Gogel and win by two.

    His sixth straight victory was a nice warm up for the destruction of the field a few months later at the U.S. Open.

2. 2005 Masters Third Round

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    Weather interrupted the normal proceedings, forcing a Sunday-morning finish to the third round.

    Woods made it special by posting seven straight birdies to shoot 65, wiping out Chris DiMarco’s three-shot lead. This put Woods in the lead by three going into the final round.

    He shot a ho-hum 71 that included that famous birdie chip from behind the 16th green that stopped on the edge of the cup before falling in.

    He did bogey the final two holes to fall into a playoff with DiMarco, and he won that.

1. 2000 U.S. Open

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    In a year of exceptional rounds of golf, the first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was beyond exceptional for Tiger Woods.

    He played a bogey-free, six-birdie round of 65 that put him in command from the start, and he never looked back.

    In keeping with what he had already accomplished (and would go on to accomplish), Woods was nearly as spectacular as the Monterey Peninsula scenery.

    Nobody ever plays a perfect round or tournament, but Woods came very, very close that weekend, winning by 15 strokes and finishing 12-under par.


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