As Tiger Woods turns 40, 13 of the best shots of his career
1996 Greater Milwaukee Open
Making his pro debut at the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open, Tiger Woods joked during his press conference "Hello, World," and what an introduction it was. During the final round, 20-year-old Woods shot a hole-in-one on the par 3, 14th hole at Brown Deer Park Golf Course. Watch the shot here.
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1997 Phoenix Open
Woods recorded the second of his three PGA Tour holes-in-one during the 1997 Phoenix Open. On TPC Scottsdale's famed 16th hole, Woods used a 9-iron to hit the ball a perfect 152 yards straight to the pin. High-fives, fist pumps and showers of beer followed, which was appropriate as he turned 21 less than a month earlier. Watch the shot here.
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1999 Memorial Tournament
Woods has won The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club five times, but perhaps his most memorable moment came on the 14th hole in the final round of 1999. Woods chipped in a shot from the rough to take a two-shot lead and his eventual first Memorial win. Watch the shot here.
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2000 Pebble Beach Pro-Am
After rain pushed the final round of the 2000 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it appeared Woods would be denied his sixth straight PGA Tour victory. As he approached the 15th hole, Woods trailed the leader by seven. As rookie Matt Gogel bogeyed behind him, Woods made an impressive eagle by holing his second shot 97 yards on the par 4. Watch the shot here.
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2000 Bell Canadian Open
Woods' shot off the tee on the 18th hole at the 2000 Bell Canadian Open went straight into the bunker. No problem. Playing for his ninth tour win of the year, Woods drilled the next shot 213 yards out of the bunker, over water to land the ball just off the green. Woods then two-putt for a birdie and the win. Watch the shot here.
2000 WGC -- NEC Invitational
Woods has had to play in tough conditions throughout his career, but it's not often he has to play in the dark. During the 2000 World Golf Championships -- NEC Invitational, Woods finished his final round at around 8:30 local time at the Firestone Country Club due to storms earlier in the day. On the final hole and in almost complete darkness, Woods struck a 168-yard shot on the fairway that landed within two feet of the hole. Watch the shot here.
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2001 WGC-World Cup of Golf in Japan
Woods needed an eagle on the final hole to force a playoff during the 2001 World Golf Championship-World Cup of Golf in Japan. No pressure. With his ball placed on a downslope, in pine straw, just in front of the gallery, Woods chipped in the difficult eagle to the astonishment of the fans and fellow players. Watch the shot here.
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2001 PLAYERS Championship
Woods won the 2001 PLAYERS Championship, but he needed a 60-foot, downhill, triple-breaker putt on TPC Sawgrass' island green on No. 17 to do it. Watch the shot here.
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2002 PGA Championship
Woods found himself in the fairway bunker on the 18th hole at Hazeltine Golf Course during the 2002 PGA Championship. Standing at the rough with the ball in the sand, Woods used a 3-iron to strike the ball over the trees, through 20-mph wind and hook it to land within feet of the pin. He then went on to sink the eight-foot putt for a birdie to close out the second round. Woods admitted this shot was one of the greatest shot he's hit. Watch the shot here.
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2005 Masters Tournament
At Augusta National in 2005, Woods found himself trying to preserve a lead on the final round. He had a two-shot lead heading into No. 16 but with a bad lie after his tee shot. His ball an inch from the second cut, Woods proceeded to chip his ball up to the green, landing his ball about 25 feet above the hole. The ball then rolls down toward the pin, and just as it looks like it's going to get caught on the lip, it falls in for a birdie. Watch the shot here.
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2008 U.S. Open
There were a few shots from the 2008 U.S. Open that could be featured on this list. For example his 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in the final round to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate. (Watch that shot here) But this spot is reserved for the chip-in on No. 17 during Round 3. Standing just out of the bunker in the rough at Torrey Pines, Woods chipped the ball high, it bounced once then went straight in the hole. Even Woods was surprised. Watch the shot here.
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2008 & 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational
A win so nice, he had to do it twice! During the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Ball Hill, Woods sank a 22-foot putt on the final hole to record a birdie and one-stroke win. Watch the shot here. Well, in 2009, needing a birdie on the final hole to complete his comeback and win the 2009 tournament, Woods sank a 16-foot putt from almost the same location to seal another victory. Watch the shot here.
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2012 Memorial Tournament
Tiger Woods needed the "most unbelievable" shot Jack Nicklaus had seen to win the 2012 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. On the par 3, No. 16 hole, Woods was in the rough. With a 60-degree wedge, Woods chipped the ball straight into the hole. Watch the shot here.