17 years ago today, Tiger Woods overcame 7-shot deficit with seven to play at Pebble Beach

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By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com

Golf fans everywhere, including Hampton Roads, love Tiger Woods.

If, like most of us, you’re bummed out about the recent setback in the return of Tiger Woods — back spasms that forced his withdrawal after one round in Dubai last week and have his future unclear — allow us to take you back to a happier time in Tiger’s career.

On this day 17 years ago,Feb. 7, 2000, Woods remarkably overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to claim his sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory.

That win allowed Woods to tie Ben Hogan, who won six consecutive starts in 1948, for the second-longest streak in professional golf history. Byron Nelson holds the all-time record with 11 consecutive wins in 1945.

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Tiger’s win at Pebble that year marked the 17th of his career. Since then, he has won an eye-popping 62 more times. The Pebble triumph was also the second of Tiger’s nine wins for the 2000 season, which also included the first three legs of the “Tiger Slam” — the U.S. Open (also played at Pebble Beach that year, a major Woods won by a record 15 strokes), Open Championship and PGA Championship. He would complete that slam with his win at the Masters in 2001.

Woods fired an 8-under 64 in the final round and it included this incredible eagle hole-out at the par-4 15th from 97 yards:

Gogel, of course, gave Woods a little help with four bogeys over his final nine holes to lose by two.

“I’m not the first pro that has struggled on the back nine at Pebble, and won’t be the last,” said Gogel, 28 at the time. “Trying to win a golf tournament for the first time, battling the emotions, it was quite a test.”

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.