Tiger Turns 44: Woods’ 44 Greatest Statistics

December 26, 2019
Justin Ray

Tiger Woods turns 44 years old on December 30. This is the first birthday for Woods as the reigning Masters champion since 2005 – amazingly, the player with the second-most Masters Tournament victories in history never won one in his thirties.

When Woods turned 40 back in the final days of 2015, I compiled my forty favorite Tiger Woods statistics for Golf Channel. At the time, it seemed unlikely that Woods would re-emerge as one of the world’s elite players, let alone win another major championship. Tiger’s re-ascension over the last eighteen months has written an unexpected extra chapter in the legend’s story. It has also given fans around the world hope that there might be more glory to savor in the years to come.

Not only has Woods’ comeback altered the landscape of the sport, it has added more depth to the array of hard-to-fathom Tiger stats. This seemingly endless reservoir of superlatives is somehow getting larger; it’s like extending the bottom of the Grand Canyon into the mantle of Earth.

In that spirit, here are the 44 greatest Tiger Woods stats of all-time – for now. Some will be new, and some you may have read previously, but all paint a more detailed picture of one of the most accomplished athletes in history.

44. Despite missing a large portion of the decade due to injury, Tiger Woods was the number one ranked player in the world for 103 total weeks from 2010 through 2019. That was the most weeks at number one of anyone in that span – Rory McIlroy was second with 95.

43. In fact, if you only took Tiger’s weeks at number one in this concluding decade, he trails only his and Greg Norman’s career totals for most weeks at number one since the Ranking was born in 1986. A look at the list, below:

Tiger Woods total – 683

Tiger Woods in 2000s – 489

Greg Norman – 331

Tiger Woods in 2010s – 103

Nick Faldo – 97

Rory McIlroy – 95

Tiger Woods in 1990s – 91

Dustin Johnson – 91

42. Tiger won his 82nd career PGA Tour title this fall at the ZOZO Championship in Japan. Across his 82 victories, fellow players in those fields have been born from a span of 1922 (Doug Ford) to 1999 (Devon Bling).

41. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championship titles in his career, twelve more than any other player. Dustin Johnson, who has six, could win every WGC contested through the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and he would still be one behind Tiger.

40. Woods’ 82 PGA Tour wins since the beginning of the 1996 season are more than the next two players’ totals on the list combined. Phil Mickelson (39) and Vijay Singh (31), Hall of Famers in their own right, have combined for 70 in that span.

39. Woods is the only player in history to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open in his career. He has won each three times.

38. Tiger is a combined 14-1 in playoffs in his PGA and European Tour careers. The only player to beat him was Billy Mayfair at the 1998 Nissan Open.

37. There are six instances in PGA Tour history of a player winning in five or more consecutive starts. Tiger Woods owns three of them. He is the only one to do it in the last sixty years.

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36. Woods is the only player in PGA Tour history to win an event at the same course eight or more times. He’s done it at three different venues: Torrey Pines, Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Firestone CC.

35. Tiger won 46 times on the PGA Tour in his 20s, 16 more than anyone else in history (Jack Nicklaus, 30). His 46 wins in his 20s alone would put him 8th on the all-time list, just ahead of Walter Hagen.

34. If you include his age 30 season, the numbers are even more stark. Tiger won 54 times on the PGA Tour at age 30 or younger – THREE TIMES as many victories as anyone else in the last thirty seasons. Both Rory and Phil have 18 such wins.

33. Tiger is the only player in the last ninety years to win the same PGA Tour event four straight seasons. He did it two different times (Arnold Palmer Invitational, 2000-2003; Farmers Insurance Open, 2005-08).

32. Woods is the only player to win more than one major championship with a score of 18-under or better. He has done it five times.

31. As he turns 44, Woods has just 20 missed cuts as a professional on the PGA Tour. That is fewer than both Jordan Spieth (26 missed cuts) and Justin Thomas (27 missed cuts) – major champions and double-digit PGA Tour winners who are each age 26.

30. Woods has led or co-led following 48 major championship rounds since 1997. That is more than twice as many as any other player in that span – Mickelson is second, with 20.

29. Tiger won twice on the PGA Tour before his 21st birthday. He is the only player since 1940 to win multiple times on the Tour before turning 21.

28. Woods has won the Vardon Trophy (best season scoring average) nine times in his career. Nobody else has won it more than five times.

27. There are five instances in PGA Tour history in which a player won the same event seven or more times. Woods owns four of them (Sam Snead owns the other).

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26. Stroke differential from the field average measures how a player performs against his fellow competitors. There are eight instances in the last thirty PGA Tour seasons where a player beat the field, on average, by 2.6 strokes per round or more. They all belong to Tiger Woods.

25. Tiger won the ZOZO Championship by three shots this fall, his 32nd PGA Tour win by three or more strokes. Since the beginning of 1997, that is 20 more such wins than anyone else (Mickelson has 12).

24. Woods gained more than 59 strokes against the field in the U.S. Open during a three-year stretch from 2000 through 2002. That is the best three-year run (in terms of strokes gained total) in the U.S. Open since 1960.

23. Tiger has gained an average of 2.49 strokes against the field per round in his Masters career. Of the 144 players with 30 or more rounds at Augusta National in the last fifty years, that is nearly half-a-stroke better than anyone else. Mickelson is second, at 2.07.

22. Woods has more wins in major championships (15) than missed cuts (9). Five of those missed cuts have come since 2014.

21. The Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year has been awarded since 1954. Tiger Woods and LeBron James are the only individuals to earn the honor more than once.

20. Only ten players since World War II have won a major championship at age 24 or younger. Before Tiger turned 25, he was a five-time major champion and had already completed the grand slam.

19. Tiger has won seven major championships by three strokes or more, most all-time. Jack Nicklaus is second, with six such wins.

18. There are only two instances in the last 100 years where a player won a major championship by ten strokes or more. Tiger owns both (1997 Masters, 2000 U.S. Open).

17. There is only one instance in the last 70 years of a player leading any PGA Tour event by double-digits entering the final round: Tiger at the 2000 U.S. Open.

16. Woods is the PGA Tour’s all-time leader in official earnings, at more than $120M. Entering the season Tiger turned pro, the all-time leader was Greg Norman with $9.6M.

15. In 2019, Tiger led the U.S. Presidents Cup team to victory after winning at Augusta National. Woods is the first player to lead a winning Cup team (Ryder or Presidents) and win a major in the same season since Jerry Barber did it in 1961.

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14. Woods entered that Presidents Cup with 93 official wins (per the OWGR), nine more than the entire International team had combined (83).

13. At this year’s Masters, Woods won his 15th major eleven years after capturing his 14th. That eleven-year gap in sequential major wins tied the record in the modern era, matching Julius Boros (1952-1963), Hale Irwin (1979-1990) and Ben Crenshaw (1984-1995).

12. In the 2000 PGA Tour season, Tiger led or co-led following 29 rounds – 21 more than any other player. Steve Lowery was second, with eight rounds led. Woods won more tournaments (nine) that season than anyone else had rounds led (eight).

11. Woods will end this year ranked in the world top-10. His first career appearance in the top-10 came the week after he won the 1997 Masters. That week, Jumbo Ozaki was a few spots behind Woods, ranked 8th. Ozaki is currently 72 years old.

10. Incredibly, Tiger won his 100th, 200th and 300th official career starts on the PGA Tour: the 2000 WGC at Firestone, 2006 Farmers Insurance Open, and 2013 Players Championship.

9. During the 2000 PGA Tour season, Woods recorded one round higher than 73. It came in the first round of the Masters. He shot 75, on a day when the field averaged 75.59.

8. Over the last 15 seasons on the PGA Tour, players with a 54-hole lead of three strokes or more have gone on to win 64 percent of the time. Woods is 25-for-25 in those situations.

7. In that same time span, players with an outright 54-hole lead of any size have won 46.8% of the time on the PGA Tour. Woods is 44-for-46 in those situations (95.7%).

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6. Dustin Johnson is the only player currently under the age of 40 with 20 or more PGA Tour wins. At the pace he has set for his career – 21.7 starts per season, a win percentage of 7.7% – he is on pace to tie Tiger Woods’ win total of 82 in the year 2056. He would be 72 years old then.

5. Tiger holds the recognized PGA Tour record for most consecutive events without a missed cut, at 144. There are only four other such streaks recognized by the Tour that are even HALF the length of Tiger’s.

4. Tiger Woods is credited with 41 career European Tour wins, third-most all-time. He has never played full-time on the European Tour.

3. From 2002 through 2005, Woods had 1,540 putts on the PGA Tour from three feet and in. He missed three of them.

2. In a stretch from mid-1999 through mid-2001, Woods made 46 starts worldwide in events officially tracked by the World Ranking. He won half of them (23). During that 24-month span, he had more wins by three shots or more (11) than finishes outside the top-10 (6).

And at number one: from 1997 through 2013, Tiger was a combined 126-under-par in the major championships. Among players with 90 or more rounds played in majors in that span, that is 251 strokes better than anyone else. Next best on the list was Steve Flesch, at 125-over.