Tiger Woods US Open Record
Tiger Woods will return to the US Open in 2020 looking to add to win his 16th Major title after emerging victorious at Augusta in 2019. He faces a tough task though as the last time he played in a Major at Winged Foot was in 2006 where he shot +12 and missed the cut.
Tiger played his first tournament in 1995, at Shinnecock Hills, but withdrew with a wrist injury in the second round. Over the next three years, he would show steady improvement with a T82, T19 and a T18 in each tournament, and then in 1999 he picked up his first top-10 with a T3 at Pinehurst.
The first of his three tournament victories came in 2000, and it started off his year of total and utter dominance of the four majors. Hosted at a tough playing Pebble Beach in California, the 2019 host course, Woods blew away the field on all four days, putting together rounds of 65, 69, 71 and 67 to win by a record 15 shots. He was the only man under par and the era of Tiger had begun.
A 12th came in 2001 at Southern Hills in Oklahoma but a year later at Bethpage Black, Tiger shot a final round 72 to win by three over Phil Mickelson. He would not win the tournament again until 2008 but that isn’t to say there were not close shaves.
In 2005 Tiger was chasing down Michael Campbell but the Kiwi showed remarkable resilience all week to post level par and win over Tiger by two shots.
A year later at Winged Foot, Tiger would miss his first US Open cut, but he bounced back in 2007, nearly winning his third US Open. Tiger was one shot off forcing a playoff with Angel Cabrera who put together a sublime final day 69 to win at Oakmont. Cabrera and American Anthony Kim were the only two men to post sub-par scores on the final day.
Torrey Pines hosted the 2008 tournament, and the California based course was the venue of arguably Tiger’s greatest ever achievement winning the tournament on a ruined knee.
Needing a birdie up the last hole to force a playoff, Tiger hit his third to around 12 feet. Unbelievably, he holed it which he meant he had to play another 18 holes on his knee. Coming up the 18th in the playoff, he birdied again to force sudden death where he parred to Mediate’s bogey. Tiger had won his third US Open, and for sheer drama, 2008 has little competition.
The US Open returned to Bethpage Black and Pebble Beach in 2009 and 2010 respectively and Tiger produced top-6 performances at both.
Unfortunately, over the next eight years, Tiger would miss four tournaments. In the four tournaments he did play he came T21 and T32 in 2012 and 2013, before missing the cut in 2015 and 2018.
At last years event, once again hosted at Pebble Beach, he came in a tie for 21st.
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