THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – It can be argued that much of Tiger Woods’ career has been one long highlight reel for making clutch putts.
We can debate which of those we believe was the best, but in his mind one stands above all others as the best putt under his pressure in his entire career.
“Probably the putt at Valhalla,” he said Friday after a second-round 62 at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
The putt in question was a downhill, 7-foot slider on the final hole of regulation in the 2000 PGA Championship. Already knowing Bob May had rolled in his birdie, Woods needed to make his putt in order to keep his chances alive.
“I'm going for three majors in a row that year,” he explained. “To win three majors in a row doesn't happen very often. It's only happened, professional majors, to two guys, and I'm one of them. That was a big putt, and that was just to give myself a chance.”
Woods knew that despite playing great on the back nine, it would all be forgotten if he didn’t make that putt. He made it, and then won the tournament in a playoff.
“If you think about it, if I miss that putt, I shoot 32 on the back nine and lose the tournament after being tied going into the back nine. Granted, he shot 31 and lost the tournament with the lead going into the back nine, tied for the lead going into the back nine. That was one hell of a shootout, and for being in a major championship, both of us shooting 31 on the back nine, it was some good stuff.”