This week marks the 22nd U.S. Open of Tiger Woods’ illustrious career. He has a fantastic record at this major championship, with three wins (2000, 2002 and 2008), five top-6 finishes and only three missed cuts (2006, 2015 and 2018).
So what does that mean for Woods’ chances of claiming his 16th major championship this week? Only time will tell, as Tiger’s history at Winged Foot is mixed.
Woods has played two majors at the Northeastern brute: the 1997 PGA Championship and the 2006 U.S. Open. Back in 1997, Woods’ first full year as a professional, he finished T29 at the PGA, firing rounds of 70-70-71-75 — not too shabby, though he was 17 shots behind winner Davis Love III.
But when the championship was played at the Northeastern brute under U.S. Open conditions back in 2006, it was a different story, and it just so happens to have been one of the few years when Woods missed the cut. At the time, it was Woods’ first missed cut ever at the U.S. Open, and expectations for his performance were sky-high. In his previous five major appearances leading up to the U.S. Open, Woods won twice (the 2005 Masters and British Open) and finished second (2005 U.S. Open), T4 (2005 PGA Championship) and T3 (2006 Masters).