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Tiger Woods’ five best moments from his Masters career

The 2024 Masters is just around the corner, and while many are looking forward to seeing stars like Rory McIlory, Scottie Scheffler and reigning champion Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods’ presence at Augusta National Golf Club, as the field currently stands, is always there a huge attraction.

Five of Woods’ 15 major tournament victories came at Augusta, and there were a number of iconic moments for him at the Masters that will leave golf fans with lifelong memories.

It’s hard to boil Woods’ greatness down to a few moments at Augusta, but these five stand out from the rest.

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Tiger Woods celebrates shot

Tiger Woods pumps his fist during the game at Augusta National on April 13, 1997. (Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

5. 2002 back-to-back champion

Woods’ third green jacket came in 2002, when he was the favorite to win the tournament again after claiming the title the year before (more on that later).

On Sunday, Nick Faldo became the only PGA Tour player to defend his 1990 Masters title. Woods was already at 11 under heading into the final round, and although he shot a 1-under 71, he was never threatened.

Woods finished the game with a three-shot lead, while Retief Goosen shot 2-over in his round and finished 9-over. Woods’ reign over the majors continued as he also won the 2002 US Open later that year.

4. Tiger Slam 2001

In 2000, Woods won the PGA Championship, the US Open and the Open Championship. Would he be able to lift the trophy at four major tournaments in a row? You can bet on it.

Forever known as the “Tiger Slam,” Woods shot 16 under in that tournament, beating David Duval by two strokes and Phil Mickelson by three strokes. There were many iconic moments in this tournament that ensured he won his second career green jacket.

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Woods had shot an opening round of 70 and didn’t look quite like himself. But he got just the spark he needed in the second round when he hit a hard shot from 253 yards on the 8th hole. But he got the ball on the green and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 hole.

Tiger Woods salutes the crowd at Augusta National

Tiger Woods waves as Vijay Singh looks on at the 2001 Masters Tournament awards ceremony. (Augusta National/Getty Images)

Woods would finish that round with a 66 and move into second place on the leaderboard at 8-under.

After a third round score of 68, Woods would face David Duval in the final round. He extended his lead on the 11th hole by firing an approach shot from 145 yards for tap-in birdie.

It wasn’t quite what Bobby Jones did in 1930 when he won all four majors in the same calendar year. But Woods’ success in the majors is something no one has been able to replicate since.

3. Tiger’s first green jacket

How do you win your first master’s and major? They overwhelmed the competition in Augusta.

Woods had one of the most dominant major performances of all time, finishing the tournament at 18 under, with Tom Kite tied for second at 6 under. The margin of victory remains the largest in Masters history, and his four-day points record of 270 stood until Dustin Johnson broke it in 2020.

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“There it is – a win for the ages!” Jim Nantz said on the Masters broadcast, which was seen by an estimated 44 million viewers, that Woods was the youngest and first non-white golfer to win the Masters.

To think he started the tournament 4-over in his first nine holes seems confusing, but things only got better from there as he left the competition behind and hugged his father, Earl Woods, after he dropped his last putt on the 18th hole on Sunday.

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2. 2005 Chip-In on the 16th

Many will tell you about the magic that brought Woods to 16th place at Augusta in the final round of the weekend, which was spent most of the way in the rain.

Woods shot 74 in the opening round but scored 66 and 65 in the second and third rounds, respectively, pairing him with Chris DiMarco on Sunday. They battled all day, but on No. 16, DiMarco hit a shot right in the middle of the par-3 green while Woods hit his tee shot just to the left of the green.

Woods stepped onto a chip about 50 yards long, hoping he could use the contour of the green to reach it and make par. When he hit a clean chip to the left side of the green, it was the best Masters shot ever as the ball rolled toward the hole. If the tension wasn’t high enough and there was a chance the ball would fall for birdie, the ball seemed to stall on the lip.

It only took a second for it to fall into the hole and Woods, along with the crowd around the green, erupted in cheers. Broadcaster Verne Lundquist’s iconic comment: “Have you seen anything like this in your life?!” Call Forever lives on alongside Woods’ wondrous brand.

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Woods and DiMarco would end up in a playoff to determine who won the tournament. DiMarco played the 18th hole again, hitting his ball for par and hoping Woods didn’t blow his 15-foot birdie putt, but after a long look, he dropped it for the win.

While the fourth green jacket is quite an achievement, Woods’ chip-in is arguably the best shot of his career.

1. Woods is back on top in 2019

Woods took several second-place finishes after his win in 2005, but his life off the track seemed to affect his game. At the end of November 2009, he dealt with his personal scandal, which ultimately led to him apologizing for his infidelity.

Tiger Woods celebrates victory at the Masters

Masters champion Tiger Woods celebrates after Tiger made his winning putt on hole No. 18 on April 14, 2019 at Augusta National Golf Club. (Augusta National via Getty Images)

He continued to compete on the Tour and in the Masters, but was never able to achieve the same success. In 2013, he even admitted in a post-round ESPN interview that he committed an illegal drop on the par-5 15th hole, even though he was not disqualified.

Back injuries also plagued Woods in the years leading up to the 2019 Masters, where the unlikely happened.

Woods shot scores of 70, 68 and 67 in his first three rounds of the tournament to tie for second place, while Tony Finau advanced to the final round on Sunday. Francesco Molinari was two shots ahead of them in first place at 13 under, but the crowd felt Woods’ 15th major victory was in sight.

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Molinari held the lead for 11 holes, but the infamous Rae’s Creek on No. 12 swallowed his tee shot and forced him to double bogey. Woods was at 11 under at the time and Molinari was now tied with him.

Woods would pull away on No. 15, birdie the hole and take the lead at 13 under. Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson finished his round at 12-under for the tournament and Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka did the same.

But Woods made a birdie on No. 16 and par on No. 17, leading him to go to the 18th hole with a two-shot lead and needing just a bogey to clinch the victory. That’s exactly what Woods would do, and while it wasn’t the best hole, it was the perfect end to a Masters that some believed Woods would never win again in his career.

Tiger Woods shakes Patrick Reed's hand

Tiger Woods receives his green jacket from Patrick Reed after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019. (Augusta National via Getty Images)

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The iconic moment when he hugged his son Charlie as he left the 18th green, knowing that the fight and determination to get back to the winner’s circle at a major had been worth it, touches the heart today.

The chip-in is legendary, but Wood was still in his prime golf career at the time. The fact that he took home his fifth green jacket after not winning a major since the 2008 US Open is legendary.

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