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No one has had more success in the World Golf Championships than Tiger Woods. His 18 career World Golf Championships individual victories are 15 more than the next player (Geoff Ogilvy, 3). The $25.5 million he has earned in World Golf Championships events alone would put him at No. 34 on the PGA TOUR's career money list. To celebrate his accomplishments, we've compiled a list of his most memorable moments in his World Golf Championships' history.
40-35. Woods is arguably the game's greatest front-runner, but he's also won his share of titles when trailing after 54 holes. Our first six moments look back on Woods' comebacks in WGC events. Because it’s Tiger in Sunday red, why not?
• 1999 Mexico Championship (overcame one-shot deficit to Miguel Angel Jimenez and Chris Perry)
• 2001 Bridgestone Invitational (overcame two-shot deficit to Jim Furyk)
• 2005 Mexico Championship (overcame two-shot deficit to John Daly)
• 2006 Bridgestone Invitational (overcame one-shot deficit to Stewart Cink)
• 2007 Bridgestone Invitational (overcame one-shot deficit to Rory Sabbatini)
• 2009 Bridgestone Invitational (overcame three-shot deficit to Padraig Harrington)
34. “Winning never gets old.” After securing his first World Golf Championship at the 1999 Bridgestone Invitational, who knew Woods would add 17 more to his collection over the next 14 years? His most recent PGA TOUR victory came at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.
33. Woods has won two World Golf Championships in the same calendar year six times.
• 1999 Bridgestone Invitational and Mexico Championship
• 2003 Dell Technologies Match Play and Mexico Championship
• 2005 Bridgestone Invitational and Mexico Championship
• 2006 Bridgestone Invitational and Mexico Championship
• 2007 Mexico Championship and Bridgestone Invitational
• 2013 Mexico Championship and Bridgestone Invitational
32. Beginning in 1999, Woods went 11 consecutive years winning at least one World Golf Championships event. (1999-2009) 31. Back-to-back-to-back2? Defending a title is difficult enough. Woods has won three consecutive Bridgestone Invitationals twice in his career (1999-2001 and 2005-2007).
30. Upsets are inevitable in match play. Woods has a 33-10 record at the Dell Technologies Match Play, though, including three titles. His success in the format dates back to his amateur days, when he won 36 consecutive matches en route to six consecutive U.S. Golf Association titles (three U.S. Juniors, three U.S. Amateurs). 29. Despite hitting a ball on the roof of Firestone Country Club's clubhouse in the third round of the 2006 Bridgestone Invitational, Woods defeated Stewart Cink on the fourth extra hole for a perfect 4-0 playoff record in his World Golf Championships career.
28. The signature 667-yard, 16th hole at Firestone Country Club (a.k.a. “The Monster”) has been reached in two shots by very few over the years. Reaching the green wasn’t a problem for Woods at the 2000 Bridgestone Invitational. He actually flew the green.
16, I hit a driver off the tee and down the right-hand side, and I had 269 to the hole. I hit a 2-iron that landed 272 and rolled over the green. A 2-iron that I only had 256 to carry, which I know I can hit that if I hit it solid.
27. Woods needed only 100 putts over 72 holes, the fewest of his PGA TOUR career en route to his victory at the 2013 Cadillac Championship.
26. Tiger drained a 91-foot putt during the second round of the 2014 Mexico Championship, the longest putt made during his World Golf Championships career.
25. Woods earned his third consecutive victory at Doral’s Blue Monster when he won the 2007 Mexico Championship. 24. Woods trailed by one shot going into the 16th hole of the final round of the 2005 Bridgestone Invitational. That's where he drained a 25-foot putt to tie for the lead with a familiar foe, Chris DiMarco. Woods went on to win.
23. Under the setting sun at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, San Roque, Spain, Woods held off Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first playoff hole to capture his first Mexico Championship. According to Woods' former caddie, Steve Williams, “Tiger is on a mission.”
22. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the memorable fist pumps over the years.
21. Twenty-one under.
"Stevie kept telling me: "We've got to go for 21." That's his favorite number. I tried it at Memorial. I got to 20 at Memorial; bogeyed 18. And today I told him: "I'm going for 21." And he said: "All right." And I got it going, and he -- it's so funny. The last hole, I asked for a new glove. So he gives me a dry glove and writes "21" on it. I hit a good drive down there; hit an 8-iron stiff, 168. And he was so excited. I mean, I've won major championships, and he was not that excited. And I guess I finally got to his favorite number."
- Woods on his 72-hole tournament record and 11-shot win at the 2000 Bridgestone Invitational
20. The 2008 Dell Technologies Match Play will long be remembered for the numbers that define its victor. Woods overwhelmed Stewart Cink, 8 and 7, setting the record for largest margin of victory in the 36-hole final match. It was his fourth win in a row and his eighth in his last nine events.
19. Representing the United States in the 2000 World Cup at Buenos Aires Golf Club in Argentina, Woods and David Duval brought home the hardware over the home Argentine team of Angel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero.
18. At the 2005 Mexico Championship, two of the PGA TOUR's biggest names and biggest hitters dueled for supremacy in a sudden-death playoff. Woods was crowned champion after Daly missed a 3-foot par putt.
17. Marching through a field of the world’s top 64 players, Woods won his 12th consecutive match in the Dell Technologies Match Play over a two year stretch with a 3-and-2 win over Davis Love III in 2004. 16. Woods won seven Mexico Championships at six different courses in four countries (1999 – Valderrama GC in Spain; 2002 – Mt. Juliet in Ireland; 2003 – Capital City Club in Atlanta; 2005 – TPC Harding Park in San Francisco; 2006 – The Grove in England; 2007 and 2013 – Blue Monster at Trump National Doral in Miami). 15. With his eighth victory at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, and last to date, Woods holds the record for most wins in one PGA TOUR event. LeBron might be the King of Cleveland, but Tiger is the King of Akron.
If you made a golf course for a golfer, Firestone is made for Tiger Woods.
14. Woods held off a surging Retief Goosen in the final round of the 2002 Mexico Championship to win by a single shot. Woods made his first bogey of the tournament at the final hole, falling just short of becoming the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win without making a bogey.
13. Closing in style? How about dropping a long putt for par on the 18th hole to tie the course record? Woods made seven birdies and an eagle in tying his own course record, 61, in the second round of the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.
12. Paired with Padraig Harrington in the final group at the 2009 Bridgestone Invitational, Woods trailed Harrington by one going into the par-5, 667-yard 16th hole. Woods' jaw dropping 8-iron from 181 yards to within a foot led to his seventh title at Firestone.
11. Tiger-like come-from-behind win on a Wednesday? Down three holes with five to play to J.B. Holmes at the 2008 Dell Technologies Match Play, Tiger rallied to make three straight birdies to tie the match and rolled in a long eagle putt on the 17th hole to take the lead.
10. In a final round that included hole outs, sand shots, fist pumps, and great putts, Woods took down Jim Furyk in an epic seven-hole playoff at the 2001 Bridgestone Invitational.
"It was a war out there, because neither one of us were going to give an inch."
9-6. At the 2006 Mexico Championship, Woods won his sixth consecutive PGA TOUR event in dominating, record-setting fashion:
• Set course-record: 8-under 63
• Set 36-hole and 54-hole tournament records: 15-under 127; 19-under 194
• Broke his own 72-hole tournament record by two: 23-under 261
• Largest margin of victory in tournament history: 8 strokes
5-4. Sometimes, silence is golden. Unfortunately, Stephen Ames and Rory Sabbatini learned that the hard way. Prior to facing Woods in the opening round of the 2006 Match Play, Ames said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting the ball." Woods let his clubs do the talking, clobbering Ames, 9 and 8, in their match the next day. When someone asked his reaction to Ames' comments, he simply answered, "9 and 8."
Rory Sabbatini has never been a player afraid to speak his mind. After forfeiting a one-shot lead going into Sunday to Woods at the 2007 Wells Fargo Championship, Sabbatini said what he believed to be the truth, "I think he's more beatable than ever." The two met again later that year, with Sabbatini holding a one-stroke lead and paired with Woods heading into the final round at the 2007 Bridgestone Invitational. Woods shot the tournament-low for the final round with a sensational 5-under 65 for an eight-stroke win. Sabbatini shot 74.
3. Completing the World Golf Championships Grand Slam in 2003? Check.
2. Woods' famous “Shot in the Dark” at the 2000 Bridgestone Invitational was arguably one of the greatest shots of his career.
Firestone's 18th hole was almost awash in darkness as Woods prepared to hit his approach. Standing 168 yards from the hole, he made a smooth swing with his 8-iron. Woods was illuminated by camera flashes as his ball came to rest 2 feet from the green. He couldn't see where his shot landed, but the crowd's cheers told him it was close. Woods made the birdie putt to complete an 11-shot victory.
"I could see it in the air, and I stayed committed to the shot. Hit a nice little draw in there, about a two-yard draw. And from there, as it was falling, I couldn't see anything."
1. Woods and his teammate, David Duval, needed an eagle on the final hole of the 2001 World Cup to force a playoff. Woods faced a chip shot from a downslope to an elevated green and to a hole cut a few paces from the edge of the green. He made it.
"I think probably the hardest pitch not too many people saw was the one in Japan in the World Cup to get into the playoff. That was pretty sweet." - Tiger Woods
“I don't think under the circumstances, I've ever seen a better shot." - Jack Nicklaus
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