The 1998 Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player, was defined by the presence of Tiger Woods in the field.
The most dominant golfer of this generation arrived on the 18th green of the Gary Player Country Club needing to make birdie to tie Nick Price and force a playoff.
Woods was just off the green with his approach. And from there he chipped in to force the playoff. Price went on to win the playoff, but for Gary Player, Woods’s ability to make the pressure shot when it counted qualifies it as a #StrokeOfGenius.
“First of all, you can imagine the pressure for Tiger to chip in on the 18th hole, to win a million dollars,” says Gary Player.
“What a dynamic golfer. He’s so focused and confident over that chip. Think about Nick Price standing there and watching this. He’s thinking, ‘This man’s going to chip in the hole’. I’m telling you. You could hear that roar. It made for a phenomenal tournament. That was really a stroke of genius, at the right time.”