Inside 82 – Tiger’s Victories

If you’re visiting this website you are more than well aware that Tiger (The Big Cat) tied Sam Snead’s PGA TOUR record of 82 wins last week at the ZOZO Championship in Japan. In honor of that I thought we’d break it down and put into perspective what an amazing 23-year run it’s been for The Cat.

It’s pretty difficult to put this accomplishment into perspective. Let’s break it down so we can all appreciate just how incredible this career has been, and it sure ain’t over yet!

A CLASS OF THEIR OWN

Snead and Cat are the only players ever with more than 80 wins. Jack Nicklaus is the only other player who has won more than 70 times.

NOTHING BUT A NUMBER

Snead’s 82nd career title came at the age of 52 at the 1965 Wyndham Champions (no, they didn’t have their stupid season long challenge then). Tiger’s came at 43, that’s crazy, nine freaking years earlier.

PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES

Cat has won 22.8% of his PGA TOUR starts. He has finished top-10 in more than half (55.2%). That is the highest win percentage in PGA TOUR history. Only Ben Hogan won more then 20% of his starts for players with more than 200 career tournaments.

FAST LANE

TW won five times in his first 263 DAYS as a pro. That moved him past 487 players that had won four times in their TOUR career. That put him behind only 160 players in total career victories. In less than a freaking year on TOUR! Shout out Curtis Strange.

FRONT RUNNER

Since turning pro, Cat has won 55 of 59 tournaments (93.2%) when holding a 54 lead or co-lead during an official 72 hole event. When outright leader he has won 44 of 46 (96%). The TOUR average is 44%, absolutely sick!

WINS BY STATE

Florida: 16

California: 14

Ohio: 13

Georgia: 8

Illinois: 7

Michigan: 3

Maryland: 2

Texas: 2

Arizona: 1

Hawaii: 1

Kentucky: 1

Massachusets: 1

Nevada: 1

New York: 1

North Carolina: 1

Oklahoma: 1

WINS BY COUNTRY

United States: 74

England: 2

Scotland: 2

Spain: 1

Canada: 1

Ireland: 1

Japan: 1 (82)

MOST WINS AT ONE EVENT: 8

Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill: 2000-2003, 2008-2009, 2012-2013

WGC-Bridgestone at Firestone: 1999-2001, 2005-2007, 2009, 2013

EVENTS WON FIVE OR MORE TIMES: 6

8: Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill

8: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

7: Farmer’s Insurance Open

7: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Doral)

5: BMW Championship

5: The Memorial

LONGEST WINNING STREAK: 7

July 23rd, 2006 – January 28th, 2007

2006: The Open Championship

2006: Buick Open

2006: PGA Championship

2006: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

2006: Deutsche Bank Championship

2006: WGC-American Express Championshp

2007: Buick Invitational

WINNING STREAKS OF 3+ EVENTS: 5

7: July 23rd, 2006 – January 28th, 2007

6: August 29th, 1999 – February 6th, 2000

5: September 9th, 2007 – March 16th, 2008

3: August 29th, 2000 – September 10th, 2000

3: March 18th, 2001 – April 8th, 2001

CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES IN SINGLE EVENT

4: Arnold Palmer Invitational 2000-2003

4: Farmer’s Insurance Open 2005-2008

3: The Memorial 1999-2001

3: WGC-Bridgestone 1999-2001

3: WGC-Bridgestone 2005-2007

3: WGC-Cadillac 2005-2007

MOST VICTORIES AT ONE COURSE: 8

Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Firestone Country Club (South)

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South)

MOST VISTORIES IN ONE SEASON: 9 (2000)

Mercedes Championship

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Arnold Palmer Invitational

The Memorial

US Open Chmapionship

The Open Championship

PGA Championship

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Bell Canadian Open

MOST WGC WINS

Tiger Woods: 18

Dustin Johnson: 5

Phil Mickelson: 3

Geoff Ogilvy: 3

SEASONS WITH 5+ WINS: 10

9: 2000

8: 1999, 2006

7: 2007

6: 2005, 2009

5: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2013

WINS IN 20s: 46

PGA TOUR record! (Jack Nicklaus is 2nd with 30)

WINS IN 30s: 33

WINS BEFORE 23rd BIRTHDAY: 7

3rd all-time (Horton Smith, 14; Jordan Spieth, 8)

LARGEST WINNING MARGIN: 15 STROKES (2000 US OPEN)

Woods: -12

Ernie Els: +3

Miguel Angel Jimenez: +3

WINS BY 10+ STROKES: 4

2000 US Open (15)

1997 Masters (12)

2003 Arnold Palmer (11)

2000 WGC-Bridgestone (11)

WINS BY 7+ STROKES: 12 (14.8%)

WINS BY 5+ STROKES: 17 (21%)

WINS BY 3+ STROKES: 32 (39.5%)

WHAT A LEGEND!

This is absolutely incredible stuff and it only begins to scratch the surface of The Cat’s accomplishments. Here are a few of my favorite nuggets to finish us off:

  • From 2002-2005 Cat had 1,540 putts from 3 feet or less, he missed 3 of them.
  • Cat is credited with 40 career European Tour wins, 3rd most all time.
  • In 2008 Cat played 6 tournaments, won 4, hung it up after the US Open in June and finished 11th on the FedEx Cup points list (that is absolutely batty).

The Doctor Is Out…

Doc Mulligan

docmulligan@mygolfgeek.com

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