Tiger Woods' British Open career
After fourth-place finishes at the Masters and U.S. Open, Tiger Woods struggled in the British Open. In his third major since coming back from a hiatus because of marital problems, Woods finished at 3-under par but was never really in the hunt. He switched to a new Nike putter before the tournament started but switched back to his old club before the fourth round. The results remained the same.
Frequently showing flashes of frustration, Tiger Woods shot a first-round 71 and a second-round 74 for a 5-over 145. He missed the cut by one stroke. While Woods was a combined even par on the front nine, he struggled considerably on the final nine holes, recording two double bogeys and four bogeys to just two birdies. It was just the third time in his career that he had missed the cut in a major and his first time missing the cut at the British Open.
After winning the U.S. Open in dramatic fashion, beating out Rocco Mediate in 91 holes, Tiger Woods had to undergo surgery to repair his ACL and had to recover from a double stress fracture in his left tibia. He wouldn't play another tournament in 2008, missing out on a chance to reclaim the Open Championship trophy.
Looking for his record-tying third straight British Open championships, Tiger Woods faltered at Carnoustie in 2007. One bad round dashed his hopes of the three-peat, as he shot a 3-over 74 on the second day. He finished with a 2-under 282, five strokes behind winner Padraig Harrington.
Just under three months after his father, Earl, passed away after a long battle with cancer, Tiger Woods earned an emotional British Open victory. Finishing up with a 5-under 67, Woods earned an 18-under 270 throughout the four rounds at Royal Liverpool, one stroke away from matching his 2000 Open record-setting score.
Although Tiger Woods started the final round of the 2005 British Open with a two-stroke lead, it had been reduced to just one by the fourth hole. Woods didn't get flustered, however, and throughout the day he continued to put space between him and his nearest rivals, ultimately beating Colin Montgomerie by five strokes and finishing at 14 under at St. Andrews.
Although Tiger Woods later said he felt he was playing well, he couldn't get his putts to fall at the Royal Troon Golf Club in 2004. Woods had 12 birdies and nine bogeys to finished tied for ninth at 3 under.
Breaking par just once in four rounds, Tiger Woods finished the 2003 Open Championship in a tie for fourth with a 1-over 285. The rest of the field faced similar struggles at the Royal St. George's course, with just winner Ben Curtis finishing under par. Woods needed to par each of his last four holes to get into a playoff, but he bogeyed two of those holes.
With Masters and U.S. Open titles already under his belt in 2002, Tiger Woods came to the Open Championship with hopes of continuing his Slam bid. He came up short at Muirfield, however, finishing in a tie for 28th. A disastrous third-round 81 in nasty weather spoiled Woods' otherwise impressive scores of 70, 68 and 65, and he finished with an even par 284 for the tournament.
Spraying the ball all over the course en route to a disappointing third-round 73 at the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club in 2001, Tiger Woods dropped out of contention. He finished in a tie for 25th with a 1-under 283 total.
In winning his first Claret Jug, Tiger Woods notched a number of career highlights. Matching an Open Championship record by becoming just the third champion to shoot all four rounds under 70, Woods also became the youngest golfer ever to win each of golf's four majors. His 19-under 269 total still stands as the tournament's lowest aggregate score in relation to par. Woods' winning margin of eight strokes over Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn was the largest since 1913.
Despite a birdie-less stretch that reached 35 holes, Tiger Woods still managed to place within the top 10 at Carnoustie in 1999. His 10-over 294 score left him in a tie for seventh, four strokes out of the playoff that decided the championship.
With a blistering 5-under 65 in the first round at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in 1998, Tiger Woods stormed into a tie for first. His second- and third-round scores of 73 and 77 weren't nearly as impressive, although he did rally with a final-round 66 to finish with sole possession of third place.
After winning the Masters in 1997, Tiger Woods was labeled one of the favorites heading into the British Open. Although his third-round 64 at Royal Troon put some pressure on the leaders, he was never really in contention. Woods shot an even par 284 to finished in a tie for 24th.
Tiger Woods earned low amateur honors at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Course in 1996. After a disappointing 75 in the first round, Woods settled down for three straight rounds under par (66, 70 and 70). His three-under 281, which included 18 birdies, tied the lowest score ever by an amateur in British Open competition.
Playing at St. Andrews in 1995 in his first-ever British Open, Tiger Woods suffered his worst-ever finish at the major: a tie for 68th. His final score of 7-over 295 left him 13 strokes behind playoff winner John Daly.