Tiger Woods begins his final-round at the Honda Classic seven shots off Luke List’s lead but has insisted he has “got a shot” at the title.
For those writing Woods’ chances off, there’s proof in the pudding that the 14-time major champion has overturned a bigger deficit before: back in 1998 aged just 22 years old.
Here’s a look at some of Woods’ finest final-round comebacks.
1998 | Johnnie Walker Classic | 8-shot deficit
Heading into the final-round Woods was a seemingly unassailable eight shots off world-number-three Ernie Els’ lead. But he finished a final-round 65 two-hours before Els who, caught in the tropical heat, faltered to a 73 and had to settle for a play-off. A 14-foot putt on the 18th green sealed Woods’ victory in the European Tour season opener.
Even Els confessed, “It was really amazing what Tiger did.”Embed from Getty Images
2000 | AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am | 5-shot deficit
Little-known Matt Gogel sat five ahead of Woods – about to embark on the most successful year of his career – with 18 holes remaining in California. But low-and-behold Woods holed out on the par-four 15th en route to a 64 that overturned the deficit into a two-shot victory.
2009 | Arnold Palmer Invitational | 5-shot deficit
Another five-shot gap between the leader – this time Sean O’Hair – and Woods. The latter’s 67 ousted the former’s 73 as Woods claimed his 66th PGA Tour title by one stroke.Embed from Getty Images
2012 | the Memorial Tournament | 4-shot deficit
In the most recent of Woods’ significant deficit overturns, he found himself four behind Spencer Levin on Sunday morning but did enough with a final-round 67 to win, eventually ahead of Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero in tied second as Levin slipped to tied fourth with a 75.Embed from Getty Images
2009 | the Memorial Tournament | 4-shot deficit
Three years earlier Woods overturned another four-shot deficit at the same event when his final-round of 65 contrasted 54-hole leaders Mark Wilson’s and Matt Bettencourt’s respective 73 and 75. Jim Furyk – one-shot back – ended up as Woods’ closest competitor in second.
1997 | Mercedes Championship | 4-shot deficit
It was just Woods’ third career-win when he fired a Sunday 65 to force a play-off with Tom Lehman. The play-off took to the par-three seventh where Woods strolled to victory as his opponent found the water and he nestled his tee-shot to 10-feet.
Woods may be well off the pace at PGA National, and he hasn’t overturned a deficit of this magnitude in 20 years, but he’s done it before. So who knows?