Tiger Vault: "Better Than Most"

Watch with Tiger as he relives one of his most famous putts, 17 at the 2001 Players Championship.

Released on 3/11/2020

Transcript

00:00
[Spectator] Get in the hole!
00:01
[dramatic music]
00:02
[Commentator] Better than most.
00:03
[Commentator] How about in?
00:04
[Commentator] That is better than most!
00:05
[crowd cheering]
00:07
[triumphant music]
00:15
One of my most iconic moments I've ever had in my career
00:18
was the putt at 17.
00:20
[crowd cheering]
00:21
[Commentator] Welcome back to NBC's coverage
00:23
of The Players Championship.
00:25
As Tiger Woods makes his way over to the par three 17.
00:29
I was playing right behind Fred Funk,
00:32
and I was paired with Phil that day.
00:37
And when we were coming on to the tee box,
00:40
Fred was above the hole
00:44
and he hit this putt that he was shocked by.
00:48
I mean, he lives there, and it ran almost off the green,
00:52
and he ended up either three putting
00:54
or four putting the hole.
00:56
Okay, I took note of that.
00:59
[crowd cheering]
01:00
[Commentator] Johnny, we hear this is a nine iron.
01:02
I've got to think it's just a smooth one at that.
01:05
Oh look at this.
01:05
[crowd cheering]
01:07
I'm surprised at that club selection.
01:10
I hit a terrible golf shot, long and over the flag.
01:14
I took short out of play and almost brought
01:16
water over the green in play.
01:18
When I got up to the green, I said,
01:19
You know what, this putt is gonna snap harder at the end,
01:23
after watching Fred's putt.
01:25
As I was reading the putt, I could see all the footprints.
01:29
There was so much foot traffic about eight to 10 feet
01:31
past the hole.
01:33
Everyone, it was their clutch in area.
01:35
I thought like, Okay, I'm gonna give this a little bit more
01:38
leeway to the left.
01:39
[upbeat music]
01:42
[Spectator] Get in the hole!
01:43
[crowd cheering]
01:46
It went down the hill, going right to left over the hill,
01:48
back left to right at the end, and putter up.
01:53
[crowd cheering]
01:54
Huge fist pump.
01:56
[crowd cheering]
01:57
I threw it hard.
01:59
It was good stuff.
01:59
[crowd cheering]
02:02
One of my favorite reactions is when I make the putt
02:08
and one of the camera views is Bones on the green laughing
02:14
that I end up making this putt,
02:16
and we've had many good times talking about that.
02:20
Yeah, it was one of those putts that it looked pretty good.
02:24
When they had the back view of it going down there,
02:26
you see this putter go up across the screen,
02:29
'cause I can see it,
02:31
and I might've called it a little bit early.
02:33
Kinda snapped at the end and end up catching
02:35
the right side of the hole,
02:36
but I saw it and I gave it one of those ultimate
02:40
uppercut fist pumps.
02:41
[crowd cheering]
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