When Tiger Woods Thrilled the Crowd With a Magical Start to the 2015 Wyndham Championship

Published 08/13/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 22: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the range prior to the Payne’s Valley Cup on September 22, 2020 on the Payne’s Valley course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Payne’s Valley Cup)


Following the grandeur and high stakes at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, the PGA Tour will move on to the Wyndham Championship. While fans will get to see a wide range of players compete, this championship will offer up a thrill unlike any other. That being said, one such Wyndham Championship highlight belongs to Tiger Woods –whose 2015 flop shot birdie is still something people look back to.

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Did Tiger Woods’ 2015 Wyndham Championship game help him reach the postseason?

Today, the Wyndham Championship is the final event on the PGA Tour calendar. This is the place where a lot of golfers look to reignite their careers, maybe work their way into the postseason. This includes Woods, who tried for the same in 2015. However, he finished T10, not enough for him to make it. That being said, he did have a stunning start in Round 1 with his flop shot birdie.

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It was also his first appearance at the championship and fans went wild as they saw him take the first tee shot. He finished 10th, scoring 13-under-267. Woods opened with a six-under 64 in Round 1. His flop shot reportedly traveled 16 yards before rolling into the hole. However, the now-45-year-old icon shot a bogey on the 11th and later went on a birdie fest to catch up.

That had been Woods’ 11th start of the year and had only nine rounds which were in the 60s. Looking back, it had been his lowest since the 2014 Honda Classic. That year, he had seven starts. Though Woods did not make the playoffs, it was his best finish for the 2014-15 season, giving fans hope.

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How will the 2021 Wyndham Championship shape up?

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This time, the focus remains on a select few. That includes Webb Simpson. He has one win at Sedgefield, but will definitely want to win another after a decade. Another golfer to look out for might be Hideki Matsuyama, who – despite the Olympics – will make it to the playoffs. However, his history at Wyndham might be a disadvantage. Looking at the standings, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott will have higher stakes as they might try to make the No. 125 mark.

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Patrick Reed – who withdrew earlier – was also a favored pick. Will Zalatoris, Jason Kokrak, and Brian Harman also remain top picks.

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