Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Tiger Woods’ First PGA Tour Victory at the Shriners Children’s Open

Published 10/06/2021, 8:33 AM EDT
07 JUN 2009: Tiger Woods on the 11th tee during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Woods would go on to win the Memorial Tournament, finishing -12, one stroke better than Jim Furyk (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open commences tomorrow. It will feature several stars, many of whom will make an appearance after the Ryder Cup. Brooks Koepka, Harris English, Scottie Scheffler, and Viktor Hovland will be some of the biggest names to look out for. However, did you know it was this very tournament that Tiger Woods kick-started his career with?

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A young Tiger Woods bagged his first-ever PGA Tour win here in 1996 when he beat Davis Love III in an intense playoff. October 6th marks the 25th anniversary of that historic day, when he won his first of a massive 82 titles.

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Known by several names, it was earlier known as the Las Vegas Invitational. In 2007, the Shriners Hospitals for Children took over from the Las Vegas Founders as the organizers for the event. Since then, it has carried the current title.

Recently, Justin Ray took to Twitter to share some impressive stats regarding Woods’ victory. Considering its Tiger Woods, they’re not all that surprising. Have a look at them yourself.

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Tiger Woods: The first step towards a legacy

During an interview post-victory, Woods was seen in high spirits and talked about his win. When asked if he ever thought this was possible, he said, “Kind of, but it’s really hard to describe the feeling because. I don’t know why, it’s just been a hard struggle, and I’ve fought all the way and then won in the end. It’s been a great feeling, that’s all I can say.”

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The interviewer ends by saying, “There’s going to be a whole bunch more.” Well, he wasn’t wrong. Woods take his tally up to a staggering 82 wins, which are the joint-most in PGA history.

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Here’s where Woods’ journey really began. From then on there was no looking back as he became the single most dominant force in golf and took the world by absolute storm.

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What is your best memory of Woods’ career? Let us know.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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