When Tiger Woods was in his prime, the time when it seemed any clutch shot that he needed to pull off he would pull off, the game was just too easy. A birdie putt to win? Sure. A bunker shot to three-feet? Done.
But at the 2000 Canadian Open, Tiger needed to find the fairway on the last if he wanted a legit shot at going for the closing par-5 in two. Woods held a one-shot lead over Grant Waite as they reached the final tee, but something strange happened; Tiger didn't find that fairway like most expected.
His ball found the right fairway bunker at Glen Abbey Golf Club, forcing him to hit a shot over trees, over water to a tucked pin if he wanted to secure the win with a birdie. Waite was already on the putting surface in two as Woods stood over his 6-iron from 216 yards, catching it clean and carrying it just over the top of the flagstick.
The ball rolled just off the back, but an easy up and down for the birdie secured the one-shot victory and the first Triple Crown (winning the U.S., British and Canadian Opens in the same year) since Lee Trevino did it in 1971.
There are plenty of golf shots that Tiger has hit in his career that we will remember for a long time, but this 6-iron will forever be near the top of that list.
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