WHAT CAME NEXT...
Untroubled by the weight of expectation, Tiger took just five more events to win his first PGA Tour title (1), the Las Vegas Invitational, then won the Walt Disney Classic for his second title of that short 1996 season (2). He added four more in
1997 (3-6), including the Masters by a record 12 strokes. A single win in
1998 (7) was followed by eight (8-15) in 1999. And then came the greatest season in PGA Tour history…
Five victories in 2001
(25-29), including his second Masters, could only be considered disappointing if you’d previously won nine times the previous season. He won five times again in 2002
(30-34), including the US Open and that miracle shot in super slow motion at the Masters he won again. In 2003 he won five times again (3539), but only added a single win in 2004 (40).
Six victories in 2005 (41-46) (including the Masters and the Open) were only overshadowed by Tiger’s 2006, in which the 30-yearold won eight of his 15 events (47-54), including the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, and took home 58% of the potential purse money open to him. Six consecutive victories during the season illustrated Tiger’s dominance, and while it wasn’t his greatest PGA Tour season, it ran 2000 close. The following year, 2007, brought seven more titles (5561), one the PGA Championship, then four more in 2008 (62-65), including the US Open on one leg. Injuries, rehabilitation and that episode with the fire hydrant slowly saw a downturn in returns, but only by Tiger’s own insanely high standards. He won six times in 2009 (66-71), then went winless on the PGA Tour until the 2012 season when
he added three more (72-74), then won five times in
2013 (75-79). And that was supposedly that, in a career cut short by injuries and the onset of time. Yet Tiger ended the 2018 season by winning the Tour Championship (80). That brought him to within two of Sam Snead’s record 82 PGA Tour wins. Watch this space.