Tiger Woods' Ten Memorable British Open Moments

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Tiger had once been considered as the best golfer of all time. But his recent performance on the green has been lackluster and his extra-marital activities have not helped his reputation.

From a budding golf icon to ill-advised competitor and despised womanizer, can Tiger still garner the respect he once had?

With Tiger sitting out at last year's British Open due to injury, spectators are excited to watch him compete this year. Will Tiger finally dominate this year's tournament as he had done in the past? According to the Las Vegas Sports Betting, Woods is still a favorite to win the tournament with odds at 6 to 1. It seems a lot of Tiger's fans believe he still has the chops to clinch the title.

The British Open has been relatively kind to Tiger, who has won three championships in the past decade.

Here is a countdown of Tiger's 10 most memorable moments at the British Open:

10. Tiger competes at the British Open for the first time.

1995 was an important year for Tiger. It was the year he competed for the first time in both the Masters and the British Open. Even though he made the cut in the British Open, he only finished with 74-71-72-78-295.

9. Woods helps Tom Watson.

Fellow golfer Watson had been openly critical of Woods' past marital problems, but despite this, Woods helped Watson in the 2010 British Open. The five-time champion Watson was behind Woods' group that Friday. As darkness settled, it seemed that he was to miss the cut and needed to play that Saturday morning. But Woods motioned for Watson and his group to swing away, reassuring him that they will finish the round that day. The crowd cheered for Woods' kind gesture, especially since they knew this was Watson's swan song.

8. Tiger misses cut in the 2009 British Open.

Uncharacteristically, Tiger missed the cut for the Open in 2009. This was only the second time in his professional career -- the first being at the U.S. Open in 2006. But you would not doubt Woods' passion for the game. Woods was forced to birdie out at 7-over with three holes to play. Tiger rolled in a birdie on 16 and two-putted a birdie on 17. On the 18th, Woods just could not put enough spin on the ball to make the birdie and make the cut.

7. First press conference after his scandal in 2010.

2010 was a bad year for Tiger on and off the green. At that British Open, it was evident that Tiger had lost his mojo. He seemed frustrated, even switching his golf putter and dropping unnecessary expletives. But nothing helped his lackluster performance that year. Even worse, it seemed that his personal life eclipsed his game. British reporters had a field day at the British Open press conference, asking Tiger inappropriate questions. But Tiger remained cool and refused to answer any personal queries.

6. Tiger meets wife-to-be Elin at the British Open in 2001.

Though Tiger did not perform well at the British Open that year, he met future ex-wife Elin Nordegren at the tournament. The Swedish stunner and her twin sister had been working as au pairs for golfer Jesper Parnevik when he introduced her to Woods.

5. Woods gained the lead and lost it at the British Open in 2003.

At the tournament, Woods excited the crowd by garnering a pair of eagles on the front, which made him a leader for the first time at the Open that year with a 5-under 31. But he lost it when he played the back nine at 3-over finishing, with a 69.

4. Tiger gets career-worst score in the British Open in 2002.

As a professional golfer, Tiger posted a score of 77 and higher in a single round 10 times in his career. His worst score was an 81 at the third round of the 2002 British Open. That day, Tiger had many poor shots, and he found it difficult playing against the strong winds.

3. Tiger gets second championship at the 2005 Open.

Since the first day of the Open, Woods had the lead with openings of 66-67. The third day was hard for Woods, finishing with 71. He then hit a closing-round of 70. This was five shots stronger than Colin Montgomerie.

2. Woods clinches the 2000 British Open Championship.

2000 was 24-year-old Tiger's year and he rounded it off with a career Grand Slam by winning the British Open. Tiger was untouchable in the Old Course. He did not hit a single bunker in the entire tournament. He dominated all four rounds with 60s against runner-ups Bjorn and Els.

1. Woods' emotional win at the British Open in 2006.

These are the rare moments in sports that make history. Tiger considered his father, Earl Woods, as his best friend and his death affected Tiger deeply. This was his first major tournament after his father's passing. He opted out of the Masters and the U.S. Open that year, but regained his composure at the Open. The characteristically stoic Tiger broke down in tears. Such an inspirational moment in golf.

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Kathrine played high school and collegiate soccer. Ever since then, she's always integrated fitness into her everyday life. She has graduated from putt-putt and currently plays recreational golf. She is an avid fan of women's golf.

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