It was 20 years ago today that Tiger Woods played his first professional round. Time truly flies. It’s hard to believe two decades have passed since then, and we don’t really know if or when Woods will ever tee it up again. But that debut was something. There was Woods, all lithe and brash, with all of history in front of him.
He was one of the few who could bend time in that direction, you know, placing the past in his future. The entire ride was breathtaking. He was the biggest badass the sport has ever seen. Maybe the biggest one the sport will ever see.
As its resident badass, Woods always had a celebration that usurped all the other celebrations in the sport (it would be hard not to when the best golf had was David Duval double fist-pumping like a 41-year-old dad).
Skratch TV put together a collection of Woods’ historic fist pumps from throughout the years. I thought it would be apropos to rank them all.
- The uppercut. This is Woods’ signature go-to move. The one he did after the 1997 Masters will live forever in golf lore. It’s the trademark and one he hasn’t gone to all that often in recent years (maybe it’s the bad back?)
- The downward hammer. Seen most notably at the 0:28 mark. This one is a little easier on the back and has become a late-in-his-career move for Woods. Some people might not rank it as high, but I love it.
- The slow burn. Woods made this famous at the 2008 U.S. Open when he accidentally chipped a ball in on the back nine on Saturday. It’s the move where Woods raises his right fist over his head and lets it linger long enough for everyone on the course to know what’s happening.
Here’s a look at a few of those.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Ranking Tiger Woods’ three most famous fist pumps of the last 20 years