Our Favourite Tiger Woods Masters Memories
Heading into this week's 82nd Masters championship there are more than a few interesting subplots which are all helping make the 2018 event the most highly-anticipated and much-discussed for quite some years.
At the very head of that list would be the reappearance of Tiger Woods at Augusta National. The fourteen-time major winner has enjoyed an impressive start to 2018 after his much-publicised return to Tour golf late last year - he has even been installed (in some quarters) as one of the prime favourites to prevail in the season's opening major championship.
This week will see Tiger's first major appearance since the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and first Masters event since April of the same year.
We've been trawling through the archives to pick our favourite Masters shots and memories from the great man. Here's what we've come up with:
2005 Masters - 16th hole
Let's just get this one in the books early. Possibly the most iconic Masters golf shot of all time, Tiger showed us every inch of his golfing ingenuity when long and left on the 16th green.
"In your life have you seen anything like that?" came the call. Nope, we definitely had not.
1997 Masters - 12th hole
In his first round of only his second Masters championship as a professional, Tiger found himself in a spot of bother on the 12th hole (Golden Bell).
He would go on to pull off a miraculous escape by holing his bump-and-run shot for birdie before finishing the week with a record-breaking 12-shot advantage for a first major championship win.
It's shot 10 below; the other 9 must be special:
2001 Masters - 18th hole ('Tiger Slam' putt)
No single shot at the 2001 Masters stands out as vividly as the others mentioned in our list, but we can't compile a collection of our favourite 'Tiger moments' without referencing the 'Tiger Slam'.
Achieved in 2001 by winning the Masters, it stands as one of the most impressive statistics of Tiger's career in golf and cemented his place in golfing history as possibly (or probably) the best that's ever played the game.
Catch the winning putt from 2001 below:
2011 Masters - 8th hole
Back in 2011 South African Charl Schwartzel nabbed the Green Jacket and, with it, a first major championship win.
Tiger would be left rueing an error-strewn third round 74 and would have to make do with a T-4 but he did manage to play some unbelievable golf on Masters Sunday. Just look at this perfect 3-wood from 278 yards which would set up an eagle putt.
And where it all began...
Here's an interview with Tiger that we love where he discusses that very first Masters win and how it felt as a 21-year-old to be demolishing a field of world-class golfers in such a ferocious manner:
Will Tiger make the cut this week at Augusta National? Could we see a fifth green jacket? Let us know below:
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