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Golf by the Numbers: Tiger Woods’ Legacy

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Tiger Woods is undoubtedly one of the greatest golfers of all time, dominating the sport for over two decades with his power, precision, and mental fortitude. With 82 PGA Tour wins and 15 major championship titles, Woods has etched his name into the record books and left an indelible mark on golf history.

This post will dive into the key stats and milestones behind Woods’ illustrious career. We’ll look at his record-breaking achievements, from being the youngest player to secure the career Grand Slam to most consecutive weeks ranked #1 in the world. Woods’ story is one of both triumph and tribulation, which makes his sustained success remarkable. This article will paint a numerical portrait of one of the most iconic athletes of all time – Tiger Woods.

For more on Tiger, check out our post on his short game funamentals, creativity and work ethic – and what you can learn and apply to your own game.

Tiger Woods: Career Overview

  • Years Active: 1996–Present (Turned Pro at Age 20)
  • Professional Tournaments Played: Over 300
  • Wins: 82 PGA Tour, 41 European Tour
  • Weeks at World No. 1: 683
  • First Major: 1997 Masters(Age 21), Last Major: 2019 Masters (Age 43)
  • Ryder Cup Appearances: 8
  • Presidents Cup Appearances: 9
  • FedEx Cup Wins: 2
  • First Hole in One: 6 Years Old
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USGA Titles

  • Won U.S. Amateur Championship 3 times (1994, 1995, 1996), the most ever along with Walter Travis (1900, 1901, 1903).
  • Woods’ three wins came in his final three attempts, for a record of 18 consecutive match-play victories.
    • In total, Woods has won 9 USGA championships:
    • U.S. Junior Amateur: 1991, 1992, 1993
    • U.S. Amateur: 1994, 1995, 1996
    • U.S. Open: 2000, 2002, 2008
  • This ties him with Bobby Jones for the most USGA championships ever won by a golfer.
  • Woods’ 9 USGA titles are considered by some to be more impressive than Jones’ 9, due to his utter dominance at the junior and amateur levels. Woods went 6 for 10 in USGA amateur events, compared to Jones’ 5 for 13 in the U.S. Amateur.
  • Woods also represented the US in the Walker Cup in 1995, his only appearance in that team event
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Major Championships

Woods has won 15 Major Championships, broken down as follows:

Major TypeNumber of Wins
Masters5
U.S. Open3
The Open3
PGA Championship4

Woods ranks second, only behind Jack Nicklaus (18), in the list of most Major wins.

See our “Lessons from Legends” section for insights into Nicklaus and his pre-swing head swivel.

PGA Tour Records & Milestones: Detailed Breakdown

  • Most Consecutive Cuts Made (142): 1998 Buick Invitational through 2005 Wachovia Championship
  • Youngest to Achieve Career Grand Slam (24): 1997 Masters, 2000 US Open, 2000 Open Championship, 1999 PGA Championship
  • Only Player to Win All Four Majors in a Row: 2000 US Open, 2000 Open Championship, 2000 PGA Championship, 2001 Masters
  • Most Wins at a Single Tournament (8): Arnold Palmer Invitational – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
  • Most Money Titles (10): 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
  • Most PGA Tour Player of the Year Awards (11): 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013

PGA Tour Performance Metrics

  • Driving Distance: Averages 297.8 yards
  • Putting Statistics: 1.755 putts per hole
  • Greens in Regulation (GIR): 67.3%
  • Average Swing Speed: 118 mph
  • Average Ball Speed: 178 mph
  • Scoring Average: 68.9
  • Best Scoring Average in a Season: 67.8 (2000)
  • Fairway Hits: 64%
  • Best Season for Fairway Accuracy: 71% (1998)
  • Sand Save Percentage: 49.7%
  • Best Season for Sand Saves: 65% (2000)
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: +1.495
  • Strokes Gained: Putting: +0.573

Comparative Stats

  • Versus Par on Par 5s: -0.67
  • Versus Par on Par 4s: -0.12
  • Versus Par on Par 3s: +0.03
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Career Bests

  • Woods’ lowest 18-hole score is 61, which he has shot 4 times on the PGA Tour (1999 Byron Nelson Classic, 2000 WGC-NEC Invitational, 2005 Buick Open, 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational).
  • His lowest unofficial 18-hole score is a 59, shot at Isleworth Country Club in 1997.
  • Woods’ lowest 72-hole score in a major championship is 270, shot at the 1997 Masters Tournament. This tied the Masters record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1965.
  • In 2000, at the WGC-NEC Invitational held at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Woods shot 64-61-67-67 to finish at 259 (-21), breaking the previous tournament record.

Further Reading – Books & Audiobooks

Tiger Woods
by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian

Summary: “Tiger Woods” provides a comprehensive look at the life of one of the most famous athletes in the world, Tiger Woods. The book explores his rise to fame, personal struggles, and the carefully crafted illusion of his perfect life that unraveled after a Thanksgiving night car crash exposed his serial infidelity. The biography delves into Woods’ early life, his relationship with his parents, his meteoric rise in the world of golf, and the impact of his scandals on his career and public image. It also examines his efforts to rebuild his life and career after hitting rock bottom, offering insights into his determination, resilience, and enduring talent as a golfer.

The Tiger Woods Way
by John Andrisani

Summary: The Tiger Woods Way by John Andrisani analyzes Tiger Woods’ powerful golf swing technique in order to help amateur golfers improve their games. The book explains Tiger’s unique setup position, shows how to increase resistance between upper and lower body for more power, outlines his ideal impact position, and reveals his iron swing fundamentals. Andrisani offers detailed, step-by-step instructions on emulating Tiger’s mechanics through practice drills and swing analysis. While lacking in diagrams and photos, The Tiger Woods Way provides useful insight into Tiger Woods’ revolutionary swing.

Roaring Back: The Fall and Rise of Tiger Woods
by Curt Sampson

Summary: Curt Sampson’s “Roaring Back” chronicles Tiger Woods’s dramatic comeback and victory at the 2019 Masters tournament, detailing his fall from grace through scandal and injury as context for his against-the-odds return to glory. Structured in three acts, the book provides insights into Woods’s unyielding determination and meticulous preparation while examining his complex persona through interviews with coaches, peers, and golf journalists.  Sampson argues that Woods’s 2019 Masters win, after years of personal and physical setbacks, represents one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.  With exclusive interviews and reporting, “Roaring Back” captures a pivotal moment in the career of one of golf’s most legendary figures.

How I Play Golf
by Tiger Woods

Summary: In his instructional book, Woods reveals the physical, mental, and emotional techniques behind his golf mastery, from proper grip and swing mechanics to training regimen and focus.  Blending golf strategy with philosophical insights, Woods aims to help readers improve their game by adopting his meticulous, disciplined approach to practice and competition. While few can match his skill, Woods believes anyone can benefit from his strategic insights and methods for mental toughness, making “How I Play Golf” an invaluable resource for golfers of all levels. With detailed lessons and personal anecdotes, this book provides a comprehensive look at the record-shattering methods of one of history’s greatest golfers.

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