Tiger Woods at the British Open Championship

Published 07/07/2009 18:43:49


Tiger Woods has had an up and down affair with the oldest major in golf - The Open. A winner three times, Woods has had missed chances, hearbreak after his father's death and classic displays of the famed Woods mental strength.

In this in-depth study we take a look at Tiger's past performances and look forward to the 2009 Open at Turnberry.


1996 - Royal Lytham

281 (75-66-70-70) , -3
T22 - 10 shots behind Tom Lehman

First performance in his debut season. Wins Silver Medal for leading amateur performance and gets tongues wagging - Tiger hasn't quite made a splash this side of the pond. Yet.

1997 - Royal Troon

284 (72-74-64-74)  Level Par
T24 - 12 shots behind Justin Leonard

First season as a pro teaches Tiger a few lessons about playing on links courses. Some disastrous holes means Woods is a long way back, despite a blistering 64 on Saturday.

1998 - Royal Birkdale

281 (64-73-77-66)  +1
3rd - 1 shot behind Mark O'Meara

Woods' first proper tilt at the jug ends in a narrow defeat to his great friend Mark O'Meara. Some poor putting costs Tiger big but the show is stolen by young amateur Justin Rose's chip in on the last.

1999 - Carnoustie

284 (74-72-74-74) +9
7th - 3 shots behind Paul Lawrie

Woods was well placed at the halfway stage but failed to bring the good on Saturday - meaning he's never really in the running and finishes a disappointing seventh.

2000 - St Andrews 

269 (67-67-67-69) -19
1st - Eight strokes clear of Bjorn & Els

Tiger's first victory in the Open comes at the oldest and greatest golf course of them all - St Andrews Old Course. Tiger drives the furthest, wins by a mile and manages to avoid every single bunker. Classic Woods at his dominant and powerful best - they didn't stand a chance.

2001 - Royal Lytham

283 (71-68-73-71) -1
T25 - 9 shots behind David Duval

Played himself into contention with a good second round 68 but pressed self-destruct on the Saturday and never comes back into the running.

2002 - Muirfield

284 (70-68-81-65) Level Par
T28 - 6 shots behind Ernie Els

A dismal 81 in terrible conditions on Saturday put paid to Woods' chances of clinching all four trophies in one season. It remains his worst score as a professional golfer.

"Thank God I was grinding otherwise it could have been a really high number"

2003 - Royal St.George's

285 (73-72-69-71) +1
T4 - 2 shots behind Ben Curtis

The one that got away - Tiger finished just two shots off the pace despite starting with hacking his ball into the rough where it cannot be found. Despite taking the lead on Saturday, Woods can't quite find the magic and must wait to add to his haul.

2004 - Royal Troon

285 (70-71-68-72) -3
T9 - 7 shots behind Todd Hamilton

Woods drives well but is uncharacteristically poor with the irons and his lack of accuracy means he's at the airport before the jug has even been handed out. Woods at this point had failed to win in nine consecutive majors and was being questioned in some quarters.

2005 - St Andrews

285 (66-67-71-70) -14
1st - 5 shots ahead of Colin Mongomerie

Dominance resumes. Leading after every round, Woods blows the competition away with his impressive driving and aggressive play. This is Woods' second victory, both of which coming on the Old Course.

2006 - Royal Liverpool

270 (67-65-71-67) -18
1st - 2 shots ahead of Chris DiMarco

tiger woods crying

An emotional affair as Woods wins his first tournament since his father Earl's death. On the course, the tournament will be remembered for Tiger's pragmatic play off the tee - using his driver just once. Woods accuracy was key as he hit 48 of 56 fairways in an unspectacular but hugely impressive victory in the north west of England.

This victory is Tiger's third and his most recent to date. Can he add to it at Ayrshire?




2007 - Carnoustie

285 (73-72-69-71) -2
T8 - 5 shots behind Padraig Harrington

Tiger aims to repeat the intelligent iron play that kept him ahead of the competition at Liverpool but it doesn't work. A conservative approach coupled with soft greens means Tiger is some way back from Padraig Harrington who wins in a play-off.

2008 - Royal Birkdale

Did not play

A knee injury meant Woods missed half the season and couldn't challenge for the claret jug.


2009 - Turnberry

145 (71-74) +5
Missed Cut.

Woods misses the cut for the first time at the British Open. Tiger missed the line by just one shot- the line was 4-over and he finished 5-over - but never really got into gear. His driving was poor and his short game out-of-sorts. The real story of the 2009 Open was Tom Watson's renaissance at the age of 59. Unfortunately Tom, just like Tiger, fell short.

Woods' Open Performances & Records


Woods has won three claret jugs.

He has never missed the cut. Woods missed the cut for the first time in 2009 at Turnberry.

Won the Silver Medal for best performing amateur in 1996, finishing tied for 22nd overall.

Became youngest winner of golf's grand slam (all four majors) by clinching the 2000 open at the age of 24. The next youngest golfer to achieve this feat was Jack Nicklaus at 26.

Worst performance is tied for 28th



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