Ranking Tiger Woods’ 15 major championships: Where does 2019 Masters fall?
After winning the 2019 Masters for his 15th major victory, Tiger Woods is now just three major titles away from Jack Nicklaus' seemingly untouchable record of 18 major championships.
When it comes to accomplishing the seemingly impossible, nobody has done it more than Woods. From his first major win at the 1997 Masters to now, the 43-years-old has created some of the greatest moments in the history of golf on the sport's biggest stages.
That begs the questions … which major was his best? His worst?
This is clearly a subjective subject, but that won't stop your friends at Golfweek from giving our opinion and ranking Woods' career major titles:
15. 2006 PGA Championship
Woods cruised to a five-shot victory that was never in jeopardy. He played some impressive golf to earn his 12th major title and third PGA Championship. Nothing really stuck out from this one. It was the 20th birthday of major victories for Woods: Sure, it's a nice milestone, but not a very big nor important one.
14. 2002 Masters
Woods defended his Masters' title, becoming just the third person to do so alongside Jack Nicklaus and Sir Nick Faldo. Other than that, this three-shot victory was pretty average for Woods.
Tiger Woods receives his 2002 Masters green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club chairman William W. “Hootie” Johnson. (Doug Mills, AP)
13. 2005 Open Championship
Woods weathered the metaphorical storm at the Old Course to win his second Open Championship. His challengers, however, did not, leading to yet another lopsided victory.
12. 2007 PGA Championship
A 12 foot birdie putt on No. 15 with just a one-shot lead is the only thing keeping the 2007 PGA at No. 12 and not dead-last. Woods avoided a late charge from the likes of Woody Austin and Ernie Els en route to a major title for the third consecutive year.
11. 2000 Open Championship
Woods made the Old Course look like your local municipal track. The Big Cat shot 67-66-67-69 en route to a 19-under victory, eight shots clear of runners-up Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els to achieve his Career Grand Slam.
Tiger Woods won the 2000 Open Championship at St. Andrews. (via Golfweek)
10. 2002 U.S. Open
The win at Bethpage was the end of an impressive run of seven wins in the last 11 majors, but we think Padraig Harrington described it best:
"You could say he won this tournament with his B game."
9. 1999 PGA Championship
A late charge from a 19-year-old Spaniard named Sergio Garcia was a great test for Woods, and an unfortunate tease for many duels that never followed. The one-shot win was Woods' first PGA Championship and second major title.
8. 2006 Open Championship
Still dealing with the death of his father, Earl Woods, Tiger broke down in tears after making the final putt on the 18th green to finish off a two-shot victory over Chris DiMarco.
Tiger Woods had plenty to celebrate after holding off Chris DiMarco to win the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2006. (Getty Images)
7. 2001 Masters
"But how is the completion of the 'Tiger Slam' seventh on this list?"
That's how impressive Woods' career has been.
Tiger Woods and his caddie Steve Williams celebrate on the green after he wins the 2001 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. (Stephen Munday, ALLSPORT)
6. 2000 PGA Championship
The famous duel with Bob May. Just watch and enjoy.
5. 2005 Masters
Need we say more than chip-in at 16? Move over, Gene Sarazen's "shot heard 'round the world," because this one from Woods is now probably the greatest shot in golf history.
4. 2000 U.S. Open
Sure, this was about as close as a 100-meter race between Usain Bolt and a tortoise, but a 15-shot win at Pebble Beach in what's supposed to be the most difficult event of the year deserves to be in the top five.
Oh, and guess who's hosting the 2019 U.S. Open? (It's Pebble).
3. 2008 U.S. Open
Torn ACL with stress fractures in his leg? No problem for Woods, who drained a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force an 18-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate that needed a sudden-death hole of its own.
The picture says it all.
Tiger Woods celebrates after making a birdie on the 18th green to tie Rocco Mediate for the lead and force an 18 hole playoff at the final round of the 2008 US Open Championship at Torrey Pines. (via Golfweek)
2. 2019 Masters
This year's performance at Augusta National will never be forgotten. It's the only of Woods' 15 major titles where he wasn't leading or co-leading entering the final round, and it's a win that Woods never thought would come two years ago.
The moment with his family walking off 18 green says it all.
The moment Tiger’s been waiting for. He always said Charlie and Sam never knew Tiger Woods, they just knew Dad.
Kids — meet Tiger Woods. pic.twitter.com/GqYMVkulwh
1. 1997 Masters
Everyone knew it wouldn't take Woods too long to win his first major.
His first green jacket in 1997 was undoubtedly his greatest because not only did he win at Augusta National by 12 strokes, he did so as a young African-American man at a place that accepted its first black member just seven years prior in 1990. From the dominance to the historical significance and foreshadowing of the greatness to come, only a record-setting 19th major title could ever potentially top this.
Tiger Woods receives green jacket from 1996 champion Nick Faldo after Woods won the 1997 Masters by shooting 18-under. (Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images)
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