A closer look: Tiger Woods' British Open results

Tiger Woods after winning the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews.
Tiger Woods after winning the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews. ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tiger Woods will make his 18th Open Championship appearance when he tees it up this week at Royal Liverpool.

Woods has won the event three times, including the 2000 Open at St. Andrews in which he won by eight shots. Two of his Open victories came at St. Andrews while the third one came at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

Here's a look at Woods' Open performances by year:

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1995

St. Andrews

Finish: T-68

Woods, at 19 years old, was third among amateurs at his first Open, finishing at 7-over 295 – 13 shots behind winner John Daly, who defeated Costantino Rocca in a playoff.

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1996

Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Finish: T-22 (low amateur)

Woods was the only amateur to make the cut at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, finishing at 3-under 281 – 10 shots behind winner Tom Lehman. The 20-year-old Woods turned pro six weeks later.

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1997

Royal Troon

Finish: T-24

In his first Open as a pro, Woods tied for 24th at Royal Troon. He fired a third-round 64 to move into a share of eighth after 54 holes, but closed with a 74 to finish at even-par 284 – 12 shots back of champion Justin Leonard.

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1998

Royal Birkdale

Finish: third

Woods notched his first Open top 10 in 1998 at Royal Birkdale, finishing solo third at 1-over 281. Woods shared the 18-hole lead with John Huston after a 5-under 65, but his third-round 77 left him five shots behind entering the final round. He closed with 66 – but that left him a shot back of winner Mark O'Meara, who topped Brian Watts in a playoff.

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1999

Carnoustie

Finish: T-7

While the 1999 Open is famous for the final-round collapse of Jean van de Velde, Woods had a good showing, tying for seventh at 10-over 294, four shots back of Paul Lawrie, who defeated van de Velde and Justin Leonard in a playoff. Woods shot three 74s and never broke 72 in tough conditions at Carnoustie.

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2000

St. Andrews

Finish: won

Woods earned the final piece of his career Grand Slam in 2000 at St. Andrews, becoming the youngest to win golf's four majors at the age of 24. His 19-under 269 total was the lowest 72-hole score in major history – and was eight shots better than second-place Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els.

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2001

Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Finish: T-25

Woods followed up his first Open victory by tying for 25th at 1-under 283– nine shots behind winner David Duval.

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2002

Muirfield

Finish: T-28

The 2002 Open at Muirfield holds the distinction of being the site of Woods' worst round as a professional – a third-round 81. However, Woods closed with a 65 to finish at even-par 284 to tie for 28th – six shots behind Ernie Els, who won a four-man playoff.

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2003

Royal St. George's

Finish: T-4

Woods first appearance at Royal St. George's was a good one. Although he never held the lead after any round, Woods tied for fourth at 1-over 285 – just two shots behind winner Ben Curtis.

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2004

Royal Troon

Finish: T-9

Woods notched his fifth Open top 10 with a T-9 showing at Royal Troon. Woods moved into contention with a third-round 68, but closed with 72 to finish at 3-under 281 – seven shots behind winner Todd Hamilton, who topped Ernie Els in a playoff.

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2005

St. Andrews

Finish: won

Woods' 2005 victory was his second Open win at St. Andrews. Although not as dominant as he was in 2000, Woods led wire-to-wire to win his 10th major title, finishing at 14-under 274 – five shots better than runner-up Colin Montgomerie.

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2006

Royal Liverpool

Finish: won

Woods' 2006 triumph at Royal Liverpool was his first major victory after the death of his father, Earl Woods. Woods shot a second-round 65 to grab the 36-hole lead, a lead he wouldn't relinquished as he finished at 18-under 270, two shots ahead of Chris DiMarco.

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2007

Carnoustie

Finish: T-12

Never much of a factor, Woods opened with 69 to share eighth after 18 holes, but finished in a tie for 12th at 2-under 282 – five shots back of Padraig Harrington, who beat Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

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2009

Turnberry

Finish: Missed cut

Woods' only missed cut at the Open came after he did not play in the 2008 Open. He shot 71-74 to come up a shot short of weekend play.

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2010

St. Andrews

Finish: T-23

After winning twice before at St. Andrews, Woods tied for 23rd in 2010. He opened with a 5-under 67, but was still four shots back of leader Rory McIlroy after the first round. Woods finished the tournament at 3-under 285 – 12 shots back of winner Louis Oosthuizen.

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2012

Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Finish: T-3

After missing his second Open since turning pro, in 2011, Woods returned to tie for third in 2012 at Royal Lytham. After opening 67-67, Woods closed 70-73 to finish at 3-under 277 – four shots back of winner Ernie Els.

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2013

Muirfield

Finish: T-6

Woods recorded his ninth Open top 10 in 2013 at Muirfield, tying for sixth but never challenging for the lead. Woods opened with a 2-under 69, but went 71-72-74 after that to finish at 2-over 286 – five shots back of winner Phil Mickelson..

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