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Details of Tiger Woods winning streak

TournamentScore MoneyRunner-up Margin
NEC Invitational270 $1 millionPhil Mickelson1
Disney Classic271 $450,000Ernie Els 1
Tour Championship 269 $900,000Davis Love III4
American Express278 $1 millionMiguel Angel Jimenez Playoff
Mercedes Champ. 276 $522,000Ernie ElsPlayoff
Pebble Beach273 $720,000VijaySingh, MattGogel 2
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 Total rounds: 24
 Rounds under par: 19
 Average score: 68.2
 Earnings: $4,592,000
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NEC Invitational
Dates:
Aug. 26-29, 1999
Site: Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio.
Winning score: 270.
Margin of victory: 1 stroke over Phil Mickelson.
Earnings: $1 million.

Summary: With five birdies over a seven-hole stretch -- none longer than 10 feet -- Woods seized control in the third round with an 8-under 62, giving him a five-stroke lead over Fred Couples. Mickelson birdied five of the first seven holes Sunday to close the gap, and was only one stroke behind after Woods made bogey on No. 16. Woods made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th for a two-stroke lead, and two-putted for bogey on the last hole for a 71.

Noteworthy: It was the first time Woods has led a PGA Tour event after the first round and gone on to win.

National Car Rental Classic at Disney World
Dates:
Oct. 21-24, 1999
Site: Palm and Magnolia courses, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Winning score: 271.
Margin of victory: 1 stroke over Ernie Els.
Earnings: $450,000.

Summary: In his first competition since the Ryder Cup, Woods opened with three consecutive rounds of 6-under 66 and was tied with Bob Tway going into the final round. Tway fell out of contention by hitting into the water on No. 12. Els caught Woods with birdies on three of the first four holes on the back side at Magnolia. Both bogeyed the par-5 14th, and the tournament was effectively decided on the 17th. Els left his approach on a ridge, hit his 35-foot birdie putt off the green and made bogey. Woods, in the group behind, hit his approach below the pin and two-putted for par. He finished with a 73.

Noteworthy: It was the second straight tournament in which Woods shot over par in the final round and still won.

Tour Championship
Dates:
Oct. 28-31, 1999
Site: Champions Golf Club, Houston.
Winning score: 269.
Margin of victory: 4 strokes over Davis Love III.
Earnings: $900,000.

Summary: With a pall over the tour because of Payne Stewart's death in a plane crash, Woods trailed Love by one stroke after the first day of 27 holes. Woods slightly injured his wrist trying to hit through a rock on No. 15 and winced on every shot after that. Players had Friday off to attend Stewart's memorial service in Orlando, Fla. Woods was 6-under on 27 holes Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Chris Perry. Woods closed with a 69 and led by at least two strokes the entire round.

Noteworthy: Including his victory in Germany, Woods, 23, became the youngest player to win eight times in a season since 21-year-old Horton Smith in 1929.

American Express Championship
Dates:
Nov. 4-7, 1999
Site: Valderrama Golf Club, Spain.
Winning score: 278.
Margin of victory: First playoff hole over Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Earnings: $1 million.

Summary: Trailing hometown hero Jimenez by one stroke going into Sunday, Woods played perhaps the greatest round of his professional career until disaster struck. He was on his way to a 5-under 66 -- the course average that day was 75.1 -- when he came to the par-5 17th with a two-shot lead. His third shot, a 9-iron from 100 yards to eliminate spin, trickled some 40 feet off the green and into the water. Woods made triple bogey, wound up with a 68 and appeared certain to finish second when Jimenez parred the 17th. But the Spaniard took bogey on the last hole, and Woods won on the first playoff hole with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

Noteworthy: Woods became the first player since Johnny Miller to win eight PGA Tour events in one year.

Mercedes Championships
Dates:
Jan. 6-9, 2000
Site: Kapalua Golf Club, Maui, Hawaii.
Winning score: 276.
Margin of victory: Second playoff hole over Ernie Els.
Earnings: $522,000.

Summary: Woods and Els were tied after 54 holes and turned the final round into a classic duel. Neither player led by more than one stroke. Woods took the lead for the first time when he made birdie on No. 10 and Els made bogey. They were tied again when Woods bogeyed the 17th, and the finish was a thriller. Both made eagle on the par-5 18th. Els reached the 18th in the playoff, narrowly missed his eagle putt and Woods made a 6-footer to match the birdie. On the second playoff hole, No. 1, Woods made a 40-foot putt, downhill but into the grain with 2-1/2 feet of break. Els' 35-foot attempt stopped just short.

Noteworthy: It was the 14th consecutive time Woods has won worldwide when he has had at least a share of the lead after 54 holes.

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Dates:
Feb. 3-7, 2000
Site: Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills courses, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Winning score: 273.
Margin of victory: 2 strokes over Vijay Singh and Matt Gogel.
Earnings: $720,000.

Summary: Seven strokes behind Gogel with seven holes to play, Woods holed a 97-yard wedge shot for eagle on No. 15 and birdied two of the last three holes. Woods closed with an 8-under 64, the lowest final round by a champion in the 53-year history of Pebble Beach. Gogel, the 28-year-old tour rookie, missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff. He shot a 40 on the back nine for a 71, while Singh shot a 70.

Noteworthy: Woods is the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six straight PGA Tour events. Byron Nelson had a record 11 straight victories in 1945.

 

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