Quick 9: Tiger stats that will blow your mind

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Stat attack: Can you name the only player to get the better of TW in a play-off? How many three-foot putts do you think he missed in four seasons?

You could write a book on this particular topic but, for now, here are some of our favourite Tiger Woods stats.

If you like your numbers then be sure to follow Golf Channel’s Justin Ray who is the source for most of the below…

1. The money shot

Woods, over a 21-year career, has earned $1,282 for every shot that he’s hit and this is coming when much of his brilliant work was done over a decade ago. In 2008 that figure was up to $4,191 after his six wins and that US Open triumph. Rory McIlroy’s magical 2012 season could ‘only’ bring in $2,140 per shot.

Jordan Spieth is top of the world’s top 10 at $1,104 followed by McIlroy at $1,073. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is on a paltry $859.

Source – https://noobnorm.com/golfers

2. Flesching out a lead

From 1997 to 2013, 72 players played 100 or more majors. Tiger had the best cumulative score to par with a total of 126 under par.

Woods was 251 shots better off than his nearest rival, which was bizarrely Steve Flesch at 125 over par. Third was Phil Mickelson at 128 over.

3. Winning numbers

If you were to add the total wins on the PGA Tour of the current top 10, you still wouldn’t get to Woods’ 79.

DJ has 16, Spieth 11, Thomas seven, Rahm one, Matsuyama five, Rose eight, Koepka two, Stenson six, Fowler four and McIlroy 13. I’ll do the maths for you – it’s 73.

4. Major dominance

Tiger Woods

In between winning the 1999 PGA Championship and the 2002 US Open, Woods won seven of 11 majors.

In that time he was 94 under while the next best was 60 shots worse.

5. Way ahead

Tiger Woods

You’ll remember 2000 when the GOAT won the last three majors of the year. For those four tournaments he was 53 under which was 35 shots better.

Jordan Spieth actually eclipsed that mark by a shot in 2015 but his nearest rival, Jason Day, was just 19 shots behind demonstrating quite how Woods took over that year.

It also puts into context quite how exceptional Spieth was two years ago, something plenty forget when discussing his skills.

6. Euro pro

Woods has never played a full season on the European Tour but still has 40 career wins which is the third of all time behind Seve (50) and Bernhard Langer (42).

If Woods had been a full European Tour member, he would have won the Order of Merit in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. We hope Monty has sent him a thank you card.

7. Play-off pay-off

Billy Mayfair

Billy Mayfair is the only player to beat Tiger in a play-off on either the PGA or European Tours when he birdied the first extra hole of the 1998 Nissan Open.

Otherwise 16 other hopefuls have lost to Tiger in play-offs.

8. Ten of the best

Only two players have won a major by 10 shots or more in majors since 1900: Tiger by 12 at the 1997 Masters and, er, Tiger by 15 at the 2000 US Open. So one player. But twice.

9. Three is the magic number

In the 2002-2005 seasons on the PGA Tour Woods had 1,540 putts from inside three feet. He missed just three of them.

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