Has Tiger Woods Ever Won an Open Championship at St. Andrews?
“If you’re going to be a player people will remember, you have to win The Open at St. Andrews.”
A wise man named Jack Nicklaus once said that. You may have heard of him.
Nicklaus won two Open Championships at the “home of golf” — one in 1970 and another in 1978. Other winners at the Old Course include legends Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Nick Faldo, and Seve Ballesteros.
But what about Tiger Woods?
Has Tiger Woods ever won at St. Andrews?
Woods made his St. Andrews debut as an amateur in the 1995 Open Championship, which was only his third career start in a major. At just 19 years of age, the Stanford student at the time finished in a tie for 68th place at 7-over par — one stroke better than Nicklaus.
Apparently, all Woods needed to solve St. Andrews was four trips around the Old Course. In 2000, he returned as a pro and set the Open Championship scoring record (-19) to win by eight shots. He shot four straight rounds in the 60s and didn’t land in a single one of the Old Course’s 112 bunkers all week. Woods’ first triumph at St. Andrews was the second chapter of his infamous Tiger Slam.
But he wasn’t done.
Five years later, Woods returned to St. Andrews and won his second straight Open at the historic venue, this time by five strokes with a final score of 14-under par. He went for the three-peat in 2010 but fell well short and finished in a tie for 23rd place. His last Open Championship start at St. Andrews came in 2015, where he missed the cut after rounds of 76 and 75.
Like Nicklaus, Woods currently has two Open Championship wins at St. Andrews, and a third in 2022 would mean history for the living legend.
Tiger Woods can make history at the 2022 British Open
Five players — Bob Martin, J.H. Taylor, James Braid, Nicklaus, and Woods — have won two Open Championships at St. Andrews, but no one has ever won three.
Woods can change that this year, and it may be his last chance to do so.
“I don’t know how many Open Championships I have left here at St. Andrews, but I wanted this one,” he said this week. “It started here for me in ’95. If it ends here in ’22, it does. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. If I get the chance to play one more, it would be great, but there’s no guarantee.”