Career Slam: Tiger Woods
Only one player has held all four of golf's professional majors at one time. Say hello to the Tiger Slam.
April 07, 2015
By PGATOUR.COM staff,
When Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters, he achieved something no golfer has ever done -- hold all four professional major titles at one time. Since it didn't happen in a calendar year, it wasn't officially recognized as a single-season Grand Slam. So the golf world made up a new title for it -- the Tiger Slam.
TIGER WOODS GRAND SLAM FACTS
Order of career Grand Slam: 1997 Masters, 1999 PGA Championship, 2000 U.S. Open, 2000 The Open Championship
Age when completing the career Grand Slam: 24
Total majors won: 14 (at end of 2014)
Total majors played: 72 (at end of 2014)
Major starts needed to win the career Grand Slam: 21
Starts needed to win the final leg: Won The Open Championship on his first attempt (sixth overall), Woods wrapped up the first of his three career Grand Slams in rapid fashion, winning The Open just a month after winning the third leg, the U.S. Open.
Closest to single-season Grand Slam: As the introduction describes, Woods won four consecutive majors starting at the 2000 U.S Open through the 2001 Masters. In winning three majors in 2000, he joined Ben Hogan as the only player to achieve that feat.
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TIGER WOODS: MAJOR VICTORIES
1997 MASTERS - At Augusta National, the 21-year-old Woods shocked the golf world -- not so much by winning the Masters, but by winning with a tournament-record 12-stroke margin, shooting 70-66-65-69 to finish at 18 under. His win, seen by an estimated 44 million viewers on television, was the first by an African-American at the Masters.
1999 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - At Medinah, Woods held off Sergio Garcia to win by one stroke at course No. 3. Woods, the co-leader with Mike Weir after 54 holes, shot a final-round even-par 72 to finish at 11 under.
2000 U.S. OPEN - At Pebble Beach, Woods dominated in historic fashion, winning by a record 15 strokes, largest in major championship history. Woods shot 65-69-71-67 for a score of 12 under 272 -- the only score under par. Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez tied for second at 3 over.
2000 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - At St. Andrews, the 24-year-old Woods became the youngest golfer to complete the career Grand Slam, shooting all four rounds in the 60s to finish at 19 under. That gave him an eight-shot win over Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn.
2000 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - At Valhalla, Woods successfully defended his title, beating Bob May in a three-hole playoff to win his third major of the year. It was the first time a golfer had won two consecutive PGA titles since the event went to a stroke-play format. Woods birdied the first playoff hole to take a one-stroke lead before matching May's pars on the last two playoff holes.
2001 MASTERS - At Augusta National, Woods completed his historic run of four consecutive major wins, shooting 70-66-68-68 to finish at 16 under, two strokes ahead of David Duval. Woods was tied with Duval on the back nine on Sunday until Duval bogeyed the 16th.
2002 MASTERS -- At Augusta National, Woods became just the third player to successfully defend a Masters title, finishing at 12 under to beat 54-hole co-leader Retief Goosen by three strokes. Woods joined Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo in winning consecutive Masters titles.
2002 U.S. OPEN - At Bethpage Black, Woods was the only player to finish under par, going wire to wire for his second consecutive major win of the year. His 3 under total was three shots better than Phil Mickelson.
2005 MASTERS - At Augusta National, Woods rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Chris DiMarco. Woods led by three strokes after 54 holes, overcoming his opening 74 by shooting 66-65 in the next two rounds. But leading by two strokes with two holes left in regulation, Woods bogeyed the last two holes to drop into a playoff with DiMarco.
2005 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - At St. Andrews, Woods won for the second time at the Old Course, going wire to wire to complete his second career Grand Slam at the age of 29. His 14-under total was five shots better than Colin Montgomerie.
2006 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - At Royal Liverpool, Woods won his first major after the death of his father, Earl, shooting a final-round 67 to successfully defend his title. Woods' 18-under total was two shots clear of Chris DiMarco.
2006 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - At Medinah, Woods won his second PGA title on the No. 3 course, beating Shaun Micheel by five shots. Woods vaulted into the lead with a third-roun 65, then finished with a 68. His 18-under total tied the tournament record for aggregate low score.
2007 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - At Southern Hills, Woods shot a second-round 63 to take the lead and never looked back during a week of hot temperatures that reached triple digits. Woods finished two strokes ahead of Woody Austin.
2008 U.S. OPEN - At Torrey Pines, Woods used a par on the 19th playoff hole to defeat Rocco Mediate. It was a courageous performance for Woods, who was essentially playing on one leg after suffering a double stress fracture while rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Woods needed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force the playoff with Mediate. The two then matched rounds of even par for the 18-hole playoff, forcing the sudden-death playoff.
|TIGER WOODS: ALL-TIME MAJORS RESULTS|
|Year||Masters||U.S. Open||The Open||PGA|
|1995||T-41 (a)||WD||T-68 (a)|
|1996||MC (a)||T-82 (a)||T-22 (a)|
|TIGER WOODS: MAJORS AT A GLANCE|
|Major||Starts (Made cuts)||Wins||2nd||Top 10|
|U.S. OPEN||18 (16)||3||2||8|
|OPEN CHAMP.||18 (17)||3||9|
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