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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.

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