What I’m Hearing: Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio spoke with Tiger Woods and the four-time PGA Championship winner discussed the harsh conditions currently plaguing Bethpage Black in Long Island. USA TODAY
In his first appearance since winning the 2019 Masters for his 15th career major title, Tiger Woods is back on the course this week in New York at the 101st PGA Championship at historic Bethpage Black.
Woods has won the PGA Championship four times in 19 appearances, claiming victory in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.
Woods has fared well in his last three majors, tying for sixth at the 2018 Britsh Open, finishing runner-up at the 2018 PGA Championship and securing his fifth green jacket at the Masters last month.
As he takes another step towards Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships, we take a look at how Woods fared in his previous appearances.
At Bellerive, Tiger made eight birdies in his 6-under 64 on Sunday, tying for the day’s low round. He climbed the leaderboard to finish solo second at 14-under 266, two shots behind champion Brooks Koepka. The runner-up was Woods’ seventh in a major and the third time he’s come in second at the PGA Championship.
Limited due to injuries in the 2015 season, Woods missed the cut (75-73) at Whistling Straits. Jason Day became the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship after a final-round 68. He’s the first to finish a major 20-under par.
After undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on his back in March, Woods struggled in his seven starts during the 2014 season. In his final start that season, he missed the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Rory McIlroy won his second consecutive major championship, beating Phil Mickelson by one when Mickelson’s chip for eagle just missed on the 18th.
Jason Dufner shot a 63 on Friday to take the 36-hole lead and then held off Jim Furyk to win by two at Oak Hill. Woods was 10 shots back heading into the weekend and wasn’t really a factor on the leaderboard, finishing T40.
At Kiawah, Tiger held a share of the second-round lead after opening with 69-71. But over the weekend he fell back to T11 after rounds of 74-72. At all four majors that season, Woods failed to break par during his weekend rounds. McIlroy went bogey-free during his final 23 holes to blow away the field in an eight-shot victory.
After hurting his left knee and Achilles at the Masters, Woods missed the cut at Atlanta Athletic Club after rounds of 77-73. It was his first missed cut at the PGA, which was won by Keegan Bradley, who became the third player in nearly a century to win a major on his first attempt.
This is the PGA that will always be associated with the bunker-gate drama at Whistling Straits involving Dustin Johnson on the 18th hole. Woods opened with a 1-under 71, four shots behind leader Matt Kuchar, but didn’t get in contention as he finished T28. It was the first season he failed to win on the PGA Tour during his 15-year career.
After missing the PGA Championship in 2008 due to knee surgery, Woods finished second at Hazeltine, losing to Y.E. Yang by three shots. Tiger led after each of the first three rounds, but Yang’s chip-in for eagle on the 14th pushed him into the lead on Sunday. Yang birdied the 18th, finishing with a 70 to win by three. Woods won six times on the PGA Tour that season and claimed the season-ending FedEx Cup title.
At a steamy Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., Woods tied the record for low round in a major, shooting a 63 on Friday with a shot at 62 when his birdie putt on the final green lipped out. With a 71-63-69-69-272, Woods improved his major championship record to 13-for-13 when holding the 54-hole lead. He took a three-shot lead into the final round and recovered from a three-putt bogey on 14 to finish two shots ahead of Woody Austin.
In his return to Medinah, Woods cruised to a five-shot victory with a closing 68 on the No. 3 Course, the longest course in major championship history at 7,561 yards. Tiger became the first player to win at least two majors in two consecutive years. He also became the first to win two PGAs at the same course. It was his 12th major championship title.
In a season during which he won the Masters and British Open, Woods recovered from an opening 75 to tie for fourth, two shots behind champion Phil Mickelson. Mickelson led or shared the lead throughout at Baltusrol Golf Club as storms forced a Monday finish.
Woods got off to a slow start at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., shooting an opening 3-over 75. He tied for 24th that week, finishing six shots behind champion Vijay Singh. Singh prevailed in a playoff, beating Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco to become the fourth-oldest player to win a PGA Championship at 41 years, five months and 23 days.
In the 2003 season, Woods won five times in 18 events but couldn’t get anything going at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York. He’d finish T39 with a 12-over 292. Shaun Micheel began the final round tied with Chad Campbell at 4 under but his 70 on Sunday was good for a surprising two-shot victory. It was the only major win of his career.
On Sunday at Hazeltine, Woods got to within one shot of the lead and birdied the final four holes but couldn’t overtake Rich Beem. Woods shot the low round of the day (67) along with Tom Watson, but Beem’s 68 for a 10-under-par 278 was one shot better.
Woods opened with a three-over 73 and wasn’t really in contention at Atlanta Athletic Club. Winner David Toms set a PGA Championship record with his 15-under 265 total for 72 holes. Phil Mickelson put pressure on Toms throughout the final round but three-putted the 16thto surrender the lead.
At Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Woods prevailed in the PGA Championship’s first three-hole aggregate score playoff against Bob May. Woods birdied the first extra hole (No. 16) and then made par saves on the next two holes. May missed a 30-foot birdie putt by inches on the final hole of the playoff. With the win, Tiger became the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year. It was Woods’ fifth major win overall.
At 23, Woods pulled off his first PGA Championship victory at Medinah with a two-putt par on the 72nd hole to finish one shot ahead of 19-year-old Sergio Garcia. Garcia, who was the youngest to play in the PGA Championship since Gene Sarazen in 1921, held the 18-hole lead with a 66. Woods became the youngest champion of the tournament since Jack Nicklaus in 1963.
Woods set a course-record at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., with an opening-round 66 to take the early lead. He eventually went on to finish T10. Vijay Singh shot a final-round 68 to finish at nine-under-par 271 in the first PGA Championship held in the Pacific Northwest in 54 years.
In his first PGA Championship, Woods tied for 29th after a final round 75 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Davis Love III opened with a 66 to share the first round lead with John Daly. Love went on to battle Justin Leonard down the stretch, making a key shot on the par-3 13th to save par Sunday, while Leonard missed his birdie try on 13 and bogeyed 14. It was Love’s lone major championship.