Golf: 20 incredible facts about Tiger Woods' career
With Tiger Woods defying the odds just to appear at the 86th Masters, we’ve got 20 facts, records and achievements to put his greatness into context.
1. Woods first broke 80 at the age of 8. He broke 70 at the age of 12.
2. Only five golfers in history won the career Grand Slam of the Masters, US Open, The Open and PGA Championship. Tiger Woods – along with Jack Nicklaus – completed the Grand Slam three times.
3. Woods is also the youngest to have done it, having won all four majors before turning 25.
4. In Tiger Woods’ first 174 events as a professional, he withdrew from one event and missed the cut in the other. He made the cut in the other 172, and set a record for consecutive cuts made with 142. Justin Thomas holds the current longest streak with 17.
5. Across a 26-year professional career, Woods has won nearly 25% of all PGA Tour events he’s entered.
6. From the end of 1999 to the start of 2000, Woods won six consecutive events, including two WGCs and the Tour Championship. He was T2 in the following event.
7. From 2006 to 2007, he won seven consecutive events, including two majors, two WGCs and a FedEx Cup event.
8. From 2007 to 2008, Woods won five consecutive events, including a FedEx Cup event, a WGC and the Tour Championship. Nobody else has won four straight events since the 1950s.
9. Between 2005-2009, Woods won 31 events in 75 starts, including six majors.
10. Woods has won PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times. Tom Watson is next, with six.
11. Woods is the only player to have won more than one major in consecutive years.
12. Woods’ first major came in 1997 at the Masters. He was the youngest player to win the tournament, and set records for the lowest score (-18) and the biggest margin of victory (12 strokes).
13. Three years later, Woods won his third major, the US Open, by 15 strokes with a score of -12. It was the first time a player had finished a US Open double digits under par.
14. A month later, he won The Open by eight strokes, also a tournament record. In doing so, he completed the Grand Slam in his 83rd professional start.
15. Woods has appeared in 47 WGC events, and has won 18 of them. Dustin Johnson is second in WGC wins, with the six. Three players are tied on three.
16. Woods ties the record for most PGA victories with 82. Of his contemporaries, Phil Mickelson is second with 45; Vijay Singh is third with 34.
17. Woods has the second most European Tour wins, despite never being a member of the tour.
18. Woods has spent a total of 683 weeks as world number one. Greg Norman is second with 331, and Dustin Johnson is third with 135.
19. Woods first became world number one aged 21, after just 42 weeks on the PGA Tour. He is the youngest player to hold the number one spot.
20. Woods holds the longest streak of weeks as world number one, with 281. He’s also second with 264. Nobody else has reached 100 consecutive weeks.
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