Southern Hills Country Club ended the biggest run of Tiger Woods’ career


Tiger Woods will probably never reach Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships. And it doesn’t matter. But you can also say that Jack Nicklaus never did what Tiger Woods did during that incredible 10 month streak from June 2000 to April 2001.

Of course, we’re talking about the legendary “Tiger Slam,” in which Woods won all four major championships at once, a feat that will likely never happen again.

But do you know where Woods’ historic major championship winning streak ended? That would be the 2001 US Open on none other than the 2022 PGA Championship site, Southern Hills Country Club.

Tiger Woods had won four consecutive majors and five of his last six leading up to the 2001 US Open in Southern Hills.

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Entering the 2001 US Open in Southern Hills, Woods was in the midst of the most dominant part of his illustrious career.

A year earlier, he decimated the field at the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach, winning by an incredible 15 shots. A month later, he won the Open Championship by eight at St. Andrews. A month later, he outlasted mate Bob May at the PGA Championship at Valhalla, winning in the playoffs. Woods closed out the “Tiger Slam” with a two-stroke win at the 2001 Masters.

That win in Augusta was also part of a three-game winning streak for Woods in 2001. Tiger didn’t actually win any of his first six starts in 2001, though he still recorded four top 10 finishes and didn’t has ever finished below 13th place.

But in his next six starts leading to Southern Hills, Woods had five wins. After a second straight win at Bay Hill, Tiger went on to win the Players Championship. It was the week of his famous “best-than-most” putt on the 17th. Then there was the Masters victory.

After a five-week hiatus, Woods returned to action and finished tied for third at Byron Nelson. But he returned to the winner’s circle a week later at Deutsche Bank TPC in Germany on the European Tour. And two weeks later, he won the Memorial for the third consecutive year.

So, yeah, it’s safe to say that Tiger was coming to Southern Hills on a hot streak.

Tiger finished 12th at the 2001 US Open in Southern Hills

Tiger Woods follows his shot from the third tee during the first round of the 101st US Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma | Harry Comment/Allsport

The weather played a big role in the early stages of the 2001 US Open in Southern Hills, and it apparently affected Tiger. Woods opened his quest for a fifth straight major championship with a 4-for-74 round, putting him eight shots behind Retief Goosen.

Tiger went over par again in the second round, shooting a 1 of 71, and made the weekend one shot at 5 over. By the end of the third round, only six players were under par, and only two more were even for the tournament. Woods was not one of them, although he played better in Round 3, shooting a 1-under at 69.

Woods entered Sunday’s final round nine strokes behind co-leaders Goosen and Stewart Cink. While others fell low, Tiger could never find that next level and shot a second straight 69 to finish 3-over for the week in a tie for 12th, seven shots in the postseason between Goosen and Mark Brooks, who each finished 4-under. Goosen won the 18-hole playoff by two strokes the following day.

Woods also didn’t really make the final two majors of the 2001 season. He finished tied for 25th in the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s and 29th in the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Tiger got back on the major train with a victory at the Masters in 2002. He went on to win the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black.

And Woods later won a major at Southern Hills with a two-stroke victory at the 2007 PGA Championship, his 13th major championship.

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