Woods's rare lapses attest to the game's difficulty and prove that he's human. Here are six mis-hits he'd like to try again.
FLUBBED CHIP AT MUIRFIELD
Tied with Vijay Singh on Sunday at the 1999 Memorial, Woods chunked a fifteen-yard chip at the fourteenth hole, advancing the ball only six feet. Upshot: On national TV, Jack Nicklaus said Tiger would now be lucky to make bogey. So Woods holed the next shot.
VICTORY BY AIRMAIL
At the 2000 Memorial, needing a par at the last hole to tie Tom Lehman's tournament record, Woods hit a seven-iron so far over the green that it nearly hit the clubhouse. Upshot: He bogeyed, but won by five. Asked if that final iron shot was one of the worst he'd ever hit, he called it "one of the worst I've ever seen."
SWINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Tiger's third round of the 2002 British Open at Muirfield featured a handful of terrible shots, none worse than the first, a two-iron in cold, driving rain that went a mile right and settled in deep rough near the East Lothian Tourist Bureau's hospitality tent. Upshot: He bogeyed the first hole, wound up shooting eighty-one and lost any shot at a grand slam.
HIGH BEEM; TIGER BLINKS
Dueling with Rich Beem at the 2002 PGA, Woods became an underdog when Beem eagled the eleventh at Hazeltine. Tiger then three-putted from twelve feet at the thirteenth, his first putt zooming past the hole. Upshot: The lapse helped put him in such a hole that his brilliant four-birdie finish left him one shot short of a play-off.
OB IN L.A.
In the third round of the 2003 Nissan Open, Tiger's first drive didn't just go off course. It went off the course. The par-five first is a birdie hole, but he made double bogey. Upshot: He ended the day eleven shots off the lead and went on to tie for fifth. Had he birdied that first hole on Saturday, he would have made Sunday's play-off.