Tiger Woods will doubtless be the centre of attention at the US PGA Championship, following his remarkable triumph at the Masters last month.
Ahead of the second major of 2019, which takes place at Bethpage’s fearsome Black Course, we take a look at Tiger’s record in the PGA, focusing on the stand-out tournaments that occurred 10 and 20 years ago respectively.
1999: 1 – Tiger’s first PGA success came at Medinah 20 years ago, as he edged out a teenage Sergio Garcia. Woods, seeking a second major title after his success at the 1997 Masters, shared the lead with Mike Weir heading into the final round and looked to have the tournament wrapped up at the turn, only to wobble down the stretch. However, despite dropping four shots over the final seven holes, Woods did just enough to pip Garcia by a single stroke with a winning score of 11 under. He went on to finish fifth at the following year’s Masters, but then stunningly won each of the next four majors, including the 2000 PGA.
1999 – Tiger Woods won his first PGA Championship, breaking out of a tie with Mike Weir at the top, before dueling with Spain’s 19-year-old Sergio Garcia through the back nine. #PGA100 pic.twitter.com/y4Iq4GzEjP
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) July 20, 2018
2008: Did Not Play
2009: 2 – By the time the 2009 PGA rolled around, Woods was a 14-time major champion and widely expected to overhaul Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 wins in golf’s premier strokeplay events. Major number 15 appeared a certainty when he opened up a four-shot advantage through 36 holes at Hazeltine and remained two clear going into the final round. Tiger had never failed to win a major when leading with 18 to play, but that record was broken in sensational fashion by Y.E. Yang. The unheralded South Korean capitalised on a strangely poor display from Woods and captured first place on the back nine. Under immense pressure as he came down the last ahead by one, Yang then produced a truly magnificent approach to the 18th green to seal victory. At that time, few could have imagined Woods would have to wait almost 10 years to taste major success again.
Is Y.E. Yang’s 2009 come-from-behind victory against Tiger the greatest in @PGAChampionship history?
— PGA of America (@PGA) August 6, 2018
2011: Missed Cut