U.S. Open

Tiger's 11 Unlikeliest Challengers

It's not golfers named Phil, Ernie or Rory who have given Tiger the majority of his major battles, but more a collection of unheralded players. Five years after Woods' classic U.S. Open duel with Rocco Mediate, don't be surprised if the guy who stands in Woods' way at Merion is a guy you've never heard of

June 2013
Steve Scott

Steve Scott, 1996 U.S. Amateur

One of Tiger Woods' fiercest opponents was a guy who couldn't even make it past PGA Tour Qualifying School in six attempts. And yet for most of the 36-hole U.S. Amateur final in 1996, Scott was poised to break Woods' run of five-consecutive USGA titles (three U.S. Juniors and two U.S. Ams). He had a 5 up lead that Sunday, only to see Woods roar back to force extra holes and eventually win his third consecutive U.S. Am on the 38th hole. Scott would never know such heights as a golfer again. He played in a Walker Cup the next year, and has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open, but is mostly content as a club pro in New Jersey.
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