Half the top seeds fall in Tiger Moments Match Play


The top three seeds rolled into the second round of the Tiger Woods’ Greatest Moments Match Play, while No. 4 exited early.

Tiger’s finger-pointing reaction to birdie on the first playoff hole of the 2000 PGA Championship fell victim to one of his most famous shots, the 6-iron clincher at the 2000 Canadian Open.

Half of the higher seeds in the eight opening-round matches lost. Here’s a look at how things played out, per your vote:

(1) 2008 U.S. Open def. (16) 1994 U.S. Amateur (91.78% to 8.22%)
(9) 2001 Masters def. (8) Hello, World (80.5% to 19.5%)
(13) 2000 Canadian Open def. (4) 2000 PGA Championship (68.38% to 31.62%)
(12) 2008 Bay Hill Invitational def. (5) 2001 Players Championship (53.59% to 46.41%)
(2) 2005 Masters def. (15) 1978 “Mike Douglas Show” (88.81% to 11.19%)
(7) 2006 British Open def. (10) 1999 Nike Ad: Bouncing Ball (79.2% to 20.8%)
(3) 1997 Masters def. (14) 2012 Memorial (82.84% to 17.16%)
(11) 2000 U.S. Open def. (6) 1997 Phoenix Open (78.61% to 21.39%)

The TWGMMP allows readers the opportunity to vote on the greatest moment of Tiger’s career. For more information on defining a moment, click here. To view a breakdown of the 16 seeds, click here. For the full bracket, click here. Here is where we stand in Round 2:

The first quarterfinal match pits a pair of very different reactions. The top overall seed is Tiger’s screaming, fist-pumping reax to forcing a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open. The No. 9 seed is his response to completing the Tiger Slam, where he buries his face in his hat to avoid showing his tears.

It must be March Madness, as we have a 12-vs.-13 matchup in the second round. Tiger’s hat slam after winning the 2008 Bay Hill Invitational squares off against his bunker shot on the 72nd hole of the 2000 Canadian Open.

In the other half of the bracket, Tiger’s amazing chip shot – and less spectacular high-five – at the 16th hole Sunday at Augusta National in ’05 goes up against his emotional embrace of caddie Steve Williams after his 2006 British Open triumph, his first major victory following the death of his father.

In the final matchup, we have Tiger hugging Earl after his historic 1997 Masters triumph against his reaction to his equally historic 2000 U.S. Open victory.

Remember, you are not voting based on how impressive the accomplishment was, but based on the impression made by the moment.

And with that, vote away: