Tiger Woods’ Most Memorable U.S. Open Moments

Published On: 6/10/2024

As Tiger Woods gears up for his return to the 2024 U.S. Open, golf fans are anticipating the opportunity to witness one of the greatest golfers of all time.

The story of the U.S. Open could not be told without the living legend, Tiger Woods. The three-time tournament champion is not only one of the greatest golfers of all time, but one of the most storied athletes in the history of professional sports. With 15 major championships under his belt, Woods’ dominance on the green goes beyond just winning titles; he has become a symbol of diversity and determination, inspiring two generations of golfers while bringing attention to the sport on a world stage. As he gears up for his return to the 2024 U.S. Open, golfing fans are anticipating the opportunity to witness true poetry in motion.

  1. The Dominant Debut - Tiger Woods made his U.S. Open debut in 1997 as a fresh-faced 22-year-old, asserting himself in the world of professional golf. Although he didn’t finish victoriously, the event marked the beginning of what would become the most prolific career in the sport’s history. Woods finished tied for the 19th spot with Tommy Tolles. Since his debut, his presence left a remarkable shift in the sport that would last forever.
  2. Record-Breaking Victory at Pebble Beach - The 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is arguably Woods’ most dominant performance to date. He won by an unheard-of 15 strokes, the most significant point margin in U.S. Open history. Woods finished at 12-under par, while no other player scored better than 3-over. This victory not only cemented his status as the best golfer of his generation, but it also remains one of the most impressive feats in the sport's history.
  3. Dominance at Bethpage Black - In 2002, Woods claimed his second U.S. Open title at Long Island’s Bethpage Black, the first public course to host the championship event. Much like his previous U.S. Open performance, Woods bested his competition by huge margins, leaving them in the dust. He was the only player to finish under par, showing off his unmatched consistency and precession on the green. His score of 3-under-par was three strokes ahead of the  2nd place winner, solidifying his reputation for thriving under U.S. Open pressure.
  4. The Legendary Torrey Pines Triumph - Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2008 U.S. Open tells the story of resilience and drive. Playing with a torn ACL and two stress fractures in his leg, Woods forced an 18-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate, coming through with a clutch birdie on the 18th hole. The next day, Woods once again birdied the 18th hole to force a sudden-death face-off, which he won on the first hole, clinching his third and most recent U.S. Open title.
  5. Return to Pebble Beach - Coming off the heels of his historic win at the Masters, Woods made his return to Pebble Beach for the 2019 U.S. Open. He finished with a tie for 21st place, a respectable showing reinforcing his comeback to competitive golf. This performance captured Woods' assertive resurgence in the sport, setting the tone for his upcoming return to the 2024 U.S. Open.