Sixteen 'moments' square off in Tiger match play

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What is Tiger Woods’ greatest moment?

We’ve asked, now you tell.

Voting for the Tiger Woods’ Greatest Moments Match Play begins with the opening round pitting 16 seeds in eight match-ups.

For a brief explanation, readers have a chance to choose Tiger’s top moment. Not his greatest achievement or accomplishment, but his most indelible instant – a shot, a reaction or a sound bite.

If you want greater detail on the TWGMMP, click here. If you’d like to see a breakdown of the 16 seeds, click here or click on the descriptive links below. If you’d like to see the full bracket, click here.

Otherwise, let’s proceed by looking at the bracket in four unnamed regions.

REGION 1

The No. 1 overall seed is Tiger’s reaction to his 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Open. The emotion and the circumstance – and probably the fact that it remains his most recent major triumph – gave it top billing.

It goes up against Tiger’s fist pump on the 35th hole of his 1994 U.S. Amateur victory. That moment was Woods’ official introduction to many in the golf world.

The 8-9 battle pits Tiger’s “Hello, world” statement against his “hide the tears” reaction to completing the Tiger Slam.


REGION 2

A pair of unforgettable 2000 moments go head-to-head in the No. 4 vs. No. 13 matchup. Woods tracking in his birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death at Valhalla squares off against his fairway bunker shot on the 72nd hole at Glen Abbey.

In the bottom-half of the region, it’s Tiger’s “Better than most” putt at the 2001 Players Championship against his hat slam after sinking the winning putt at the 2008 Bay Hill Invitational.

The winner of Region 2 will face the winner of Region 1.


REGION 3

In your life … have you ever seen a more ridiculous shot combined with a more ridiculous reaction? The No. 2 seed is Tiger’s wide ranging, slow-rolling, hesitation chip-in on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2005 Masters – as well as his subsequent failed high-five with his caddie. It will face little Tiger’s appearance as a 2-year-old on the “Mike Douglas Show” in 1978.

The seventh seed is Woods’ reaction post 2006 British Open victory, when he broke down in Williams’ arms following his first major triumph after the death of his father. It goes against No. 10, Woods’ most memorable ad – his 30-second Nike spot in 1999 when he bounces a ball on his club before smacking it like a baseball.


REGION 4

The final region showcases the No. 3 seed, Tiger embracing his father after his historic 1997 Masters victory, against No. 14, his fist-pumping reaction to chipping in on the 16th hole during the final round of the 2012 Memorial.

The final matchup features No. 6, Tiger’s hole-in-one on the 16th hole in the 1997 Phoenix Open – and the subsequent suds celebration – against No. 11, his modest, yet powerful reaction to winning the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes.

So there are the matchups on which you are voting. Now, go vote below: