Things are quiet on the PGA Tour these days. For three weeks straight, the Tour will compete against the Super Bowl, and now The Winter Olympics, for viewers. A tough stretch, no doubt. But you can always think back to better days.
Ten years ago, Tiger Woods made an incredible comeback at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Seven shots down with seven holes to go, holing out a wedge shot from the 15th fairway along the way. The Pebble Beach victory was Woods’ sixth straight win on Tour.
Four months later, Woods returned to Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open–also the site of this year’s Open–and casually won by 15 shots. Miguel Angel Jimenez, who tied with Ernie Els at +3, famously said, “I’m trying to win my own tournament. He’s playing a different tournament. There’s no way you’re going to take that tournament.”
Woods went on to win NINE times in 2000. He was pretty much an automatic victory.
Ten years later, Woods is absent from this year’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am–for reasons we don’t need to rehash. Will he play in the U.S. Open? We’ll have to find out.