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The 'Tiger Slam': 20 years on from when Tiger Woods won it all

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As Tiger Woods walked onto the 18th green at the 2001 Masters, throngs of fans were in hot pursuit to catch a glimpse of the golfer and all cameras were pointed at the then 25-year-old, who was on the precipice of etching his name into golf history.

(CNN)As Tiger Woods walked onto the 18th green at the 2001 Masters, throngs of fans were in hot pursuit to catch a glimpse of the golfer and all cameras were pointed at the then 25-year-old, who was on the precipice of etching his name into golf history.

After a grueling four days at Augusta National, Woods needed a two-putt to win his second Masters -- of course, he rolled in a birdie for emphasis -- and by doing so, became the first golfer ever to hold all four major titles at the same time.

While not the more traditional "grand slam" in golf -- holding all titles in the same calendar year -- the "Tiger Slam" comprised winning the last three majors in 2000 and then the Masters in 2001.

"That was really one of those golf tournaments where it looked like everybody else in the field was playing a different golf course than Tiger was," said Cannizzaro.

A month later at The Open Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland, Woods showed he really was playing at a different level to everyone else, winning by eight shots to claim back-to-back majors.

With two majors in his pocket, Woods traveled to Valhalla Golf Club, Kentucky, for the 2000 PGA Championship with speculation intensifying as to whether one golfer could hold all four major titles at the same time and achieve the unthinkable.

It was a victory that had Woods showing a different side to his game, which added another layer of impressiveness -- if possible -- to the "Tiger Slam" for Benedict.

With eight months between the PGA Championship and the Masters in April the following year, Woods had plenty of time to contemplate the possibility of holding all four majors at once.

Despite a late charge from US golfer David Duval, Woods -- adorned in his now famous red shirt and black trousers -- was able to create history by winning his second Green Jacket and complete the "Tiger Slam. "

At the start of Benedict's biography on Woods, he and co-author Armen Keteyian liken Woods to William Shakespeare, in the sense that the golfer is a "once in history" individual -- one we most likely will never see again.

During that amazing 12-month stretch during which he was playing golf to a level we've not seen before, the pressure was, "an extra piece of luggage that the superstar hauls around that other people can't see," says Benedict, who adds that Woods developed his own mindset to cope and allow him to play his own game.

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