Behind one of the most remarkable careers are a ton of mind-blowing statistics. Here are our favourites
As we all wish Tiger Woods well following a car accident in Los Angeles that left the 15-time major champion needing emergency surgery for multiple leg injuries, let’s remember the good times – and the most ridiculous statistics he’s managed to rack up.
At NCG Towers we love crunching numbers as much as anybody so, ably assisted by the stats don, Justin Ray of 15th Club, Wikipedia, and my calculator, let’s take a look at some of the best stats from throughout Woods’ career…
Quick 9: The best Tiger Woods stats
9. Woods is credited with 41 European Tour victories – the third of all time – despite never being a full member. Next on the list of players still playing regularly on the European Tour is Lee Westwood with 25.
8. Woods’ 46 PGA Tour wins while in his 20s alone would put him 8th on the all-time list. Jack Nicklaus is second on that list with 30 wins in his 20s.
7. Woods has won five or more titles in 10 separate calendar years: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013. Of those years he won at least one major in seven.
6. Woods’ largest winning victory was 15 shots – and he did it at a US Open, no less. Woods finished on 12-under, with runner-up Ernie Els on 3-over, to win his third major at Pebble Beach in 2000.
5. After that 2000 US Open win Woods also won the Open and PGA Championship in the same year before adding the 2001 Masters to become the only player in history to win all four majors in a row. Woods’ combined score during the ‘Tiger Slam’ was 86 better than the next best player, and he beat each field by an average of more than five shots.
3. In the four-major era, there are only two occasions where a player has won a major by 10 or more strokes – both were Woods, at the 1997 Masters and 2000 US Open. The other four times it happened were all in the 19th century: Tom Morris Sr by 13 at the 1862 Open; Tom Morris Jr by 11 at the 1869 Open and by 12 at the same tournament a year later; and Willie Smith by 11 at the 1899 US Open.
2. Woods holds the record for the most consecutive cuts made on the PGA Tour, with a whopping 142. The streak began in 1998, he broke Byron Nelson’s previous record of 113 in 2003, before the run ended in 2005. For context, you would have to play every PGA Tour event – and make the cut in all of them, of course – for approximately four years to beat it.
1. From 1997 to 2013 Woods was a combined 126-under-par in major championships. Among the players with 90 or more rounds played in that same timeframe, guess who is next on the list? That’s right, Steve Flesch, who was a whopping 251 strokes behind Woods at 125-over-par. Phil Mickelson is third on +128 and Hunter Mahan fourth on +137.