FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Tiger Woods received the Masters. Now what?
It’s a query that Woods has answered 4 earlier occasions, again when the golf calendar had the U.S. Open following the springtime pilgrimage to Augusta Nationwide. Now it’s the PGA Championship that’s second in line, and it’s held on a course the place Woods has received earlier than (extra on that beneath).
On the eve of the opening spherical, right here’s a glance again at how Woods has adopted every of his earlier inexperienced jacket performances in his very subsequent main begin:
1997 U.S. Open: T-19. After crushing the sector en path to his first Masters title, Woods’ encore was rapidly undone by an opening-round 74 at Congressional. He adopted with a 67 that left him 4 pictures off the lead heading into the weekend, however rounds of 73-72 put him at 6 over for the week and 10 pictures behind Ernie Els, who edged Colin Montgomerie for his second U.S. Open title.
2001 U.S. Open: T-12. As incomprehensible as it’s to sort, Woods went to Southern Hills with an opportunity to win his fifth main in a row after wrapping up the Tiger Slam two months prior. However like in 1997, he was enjoying catch-up after opening with a 74 that featured only one birdie. Weekend rounds of 69-69 made the end result extra respectable, however he nonetheless completed seven pictures outdoors of a playoff that noticed Retief Goosen beat Mark Brooks.
2002 U.S. Open: Win. That was the primary time a significant was held at Bethpage State Park, as Woods snagged his second main of the 12 months and seventh within the final 11 performed. Woods grabbed the opening-round lead with a 67, led by three heading into the weekend and 4 getting into the ultimate spherical. Regardless of closing with a 2-over 72, he managed to complete the week as the one participant underneath par and three pictures forward of Phil Mickelson. His bid for the single-season Grand Slam can be undone by epic climate situations at Muirfield the next month.
2005 U.S. Open: Second. Weeks after edging Chris DiMarco in a memorable playoff at Augusta Nationwide, Woods wasn’t capable of preserve tempo with a relative unknown in Michael Campbell. Woods was three pictures off the tempo heading into the weekend and all appeared misplaced as soon as Goosen distanced himself from the sector in Spherical three, however when the South African collapsed within the remaining spherical, it grew to become a wide-open race. Regardless of bogeys on his first two holes, Woods bought inside two pictures of the lead with a birdie on No. 15. However bogeys on the subsequent two holes coincided with a well timed Campbell birdie because the Kiwi captured his lone main title by two pictures.