Tiger at Pebble: It's a Love/Hate Thing
With Tiger Woods skipping the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, we take a look back at his up-and-down history at the famed course
February 06, 2013
1997Woods plays in the pro-am with actor Kevin Costner during his first trip to Pebble as a professional. We're unsure if "Tin Cup" gave the young phenom any swing tips.
1997Despite shooting 63-64 on the weekend, Woods comes up one shot short in duel with buddy Mark O'Meara. Still, it was a foreshadowing of many strong Sunday finishes by the man in red.
1998Woods plays in the pro-am with his father, Earl.
1998Woods struggles with a third-round 78 to leave him well off the pace. When bad weather forces tournament officials to postpone the final round until August, Woods, along with 43 of the 168 players in the field, opts to withdraw rather than return.
1999Woods plays the pro-am with buddy Ken Griffey Jr. Here, the baseball legend watches closely to try and learn a thing or two.
2000Woods enters the AT&T with a five-tournament winning streak, but it appeared that would come to an end as he trailed by seven shots with seven holes to play. He holes out for eagle from 105 yards on No. 15, though, and then adds two more birdies to beat a faltering Matt Gogel by one shot.
2000After his thrilling win in February, Woods returns in June and puts forth perhaps the greatest performance in the history of golfat the U.S. Open. Breaking nearly every tournament scoring record, he leads wire-to-wire and winds up winning by a remarkable 15 shots.
2000Tiger takes a moment to savor his historic victory while clutching the U.S. Open trophy. He would go on to win the next three major championships as well to complete the "Tiger Slam."
2002After a second-straight year of struggling on Pebble's poa annua greens (a surface Tiger has never been a big fan of) and finishing outside of the top 10, Woods decides not to play in the annual event for the foreseeable future. He's also made it clear he's not a big fan of Poppy Hills, which gets taken out of the tournament's rotation in favor of Monterey Peninsula Country Club in 2010.
2010Woods, still trying to put a sex scandal behind him, makes his return to Pebble to play in the U.S. Open. A decade after his historic 15-shot win, a back-nine 31 on Saturday has many believing he's returned to top form...
2010...but he can't keep the momentum going on Sunday. He starts the final round with a three-putt and ends up shooting 75 to finish a disappointing T-4.
2012After a 10-year respite, Woods makes his return to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The 14-time major champion tees it up with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, with whom Woods played at the 2009 AT&T National at Congressional.
Through three rounds, Woods put himself in position to end his PGA Tour winless drought of more than two years, but a late final-round pairing with Phil Mickelson proved to be disastrous. Woods stumbled to a 75, while Mickelson shot a 64(the low round of the day by three shots) to pick up his 40th career PGA Tour title. Woods doesn't return for the 2013 playing of the tournament.