Which Tiger Woods Masters win is the most impressive of all time?
Winning by 12 in 1997, or winning in 2019 after recovering from back surgery? Which of Tiger Woods’ Masters wins is the most impressive of all?
Tiger Woods was able to play the third round Saturday after making the cut on the number at +3, leaving him nine shots behind leader Brooks Koepka, and perhaps poised for the biggest comeback in Masters history, however unlikely that seemed at lunchtime Saturday.
The guy is a freak of nature and a freak of the sport, and we all should have learned four years ago to never put anything past him. This is a guy who nearly had his leg amputated after a car wreck and is back among the world’s top golfers. He also came back to win one of golf’s four majors following major back surgery in one of the best sports stories we have witnessed in years.
And when it comes to the great ones, you can never put anything past them.
Woods was +5000 to win the tournament on Betway Sportbook as the third round began, but as we have learned in going over the biggest Masters comebacks, you can never really count anybody out. This thing will likely be won on the back nine on Sunday, and if Woods can summon something great to move up the leaderboard, who knows?
Tiger Woods Masters History
Woods tied a record Saturday by making the cut for the 23rd consecutive time, matching the mark shared with Fred Couples and Gary Player. Not since 1996, when he was the two-time reigning U.S. Amateur champion, had he missed the cut when back-to-back 75s sent Woods home for the weekend.
He played in the tournament every year from 1995 to 2013, sitting out in 2014, 2016 and 2017 because of a pinched nerve in his back. He is playing on a damaged leg these days after a 2021 car wreck, and seeing Woods walk the hilly course at Augusta National (television does not do the topography justice) can sometimes be painful to watch.
How many times has Tiger Woods won the Masters?
Woods has won the Masters Tournament five times, one shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record of six. Arnold Palmer had four victories, and several golfers have had three. In the history of the Masters, it is hard to find someone who has provided more drama to the current generation of viewers who who tune in each year to see which golfer will emerge as Masters champion.
What years did Tiger Woods win the Masters?
Woods won in 1997 by a record 12 strokes. He won again in 2001, 2002 and 2005 before the epic in 2019 when he made back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, followed by a par on 17, and two-putted for a bogey to win at 13-under par -- one shot better than Dustin Johnson, Koepka and Xander Schauffele.
Ranking the 5 Tiger Woods Masters wins from least to most impressive in Masters history
- Tiger Woods’ 2002 Masters win
He shot 70-69-66-71 to finish the tournament at 12 under, which was three strokes better than Retief Goosen, who closed with a 74 instead of catching Woods. Compelling golf theater it was not. Still, the 276 total bested the previous low by a defending champion by two shots (278 from Tom Watson in 1978 and Nick Faldo in 1990).
- Tiger Woods’ 2001 Masters win
An opening-round 70 was his worst round, as Woods went on to shoot 66-68-68 to finish at 16-under par and beat David Duval by two strokes for his second green jacket. This was among the more dominant of Woods’ performances, featuring numerous numbers of Tiger Woods’ greatest shots and Tiger Woods’ greatest moments.
- Tiger Woods' 2005 Masters win
Woods shot 12 under through 72 holes, which wasn't enough to win in regulation. A sudden-death playoff with Chris DiMarco began on the par-4 18th. DiMarco's approach wound up short of the green, while Woods was within 15 feet. DiMarco got up and down, but Woods drained his putt for the tournament-winning birdie. It ranks as one of Woods’ greatest shots because it happened in the clutch.
- Tiger Woods’ 2019 Masters win
Woods trailed Francesco Molinari for most of the final day. Back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, followed by a par on 17, meant Woods needed only a bogey on 18 to clinch the win. He two-putted for a bogey 5 and won at 13-under par, one shot better than Dustin Johnson, Koepka and Xander Schauffele for his fourth Masters green jacket.
- Tiger Woods' 1997 Masters win.
In his most dominant Masters tournament victory ever -- and his first Masters as a professional -- Woods shot 18-under par to set a tournament record and beat his second-place competitor by 12 shots. It remains the gold standard for Masters victory margins to this day.
Parameters of Rankings
Everyone’s top 10 is different, but what we went for here were memorable moments and drama as we did in our predictions column. Hopefully, there will be plenty more on Sunday.
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