In August, Tiger Woods once again hogged the sports pages with his fifth straight victory on the PGA Tour in the 2006 season as well as seventh overall PGA championship this year. When you think about the fact that so many great golfers have yet to win a single tournament in their entire careers and yet here is Tiger with seven titles this year alone, you can easily why they are saying Woods has a chance to be universally recognized as the greatest golfer who ever lived before his career is over.
With such a blistering pace to his year so far, it’s time once again to review the career record of Tiger Woods to get a better feel of how he currently ranks in history.
If there is one period in Woods’ career that shows his true dominance, it has to start with his victory at the Memorial Tournament in June 1999 when Woods went on to record one of the greatest sustained periods of excellence in men’s golf history as he went on to capture 17 PGA Tour titles in the two calendar years that followed. Overall, he won 32 PGA championships in the next five calendar years, an amazing feet that has not been in professional golf in decades.
In late 1999, Tiger also began a record streak of 264 consecutive weeks as the number one golfer in the world, according to Official World Golf Rankings. In his career, Woods has been the world’s number one for more weeks than anyone. In that time, Woods also won seven out of 11 major championships, beginning with the 1999 PGA Championship all the way to the 2002 US Open. Woods broke Tom Morris’ record for largest victory margin ever in a major championship, a hallowed record that had stood since 1862. Woods broke it with a 15-shot win in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach.
Overall, among major championships, Woods has won The Masters four times (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), the US Open twice (2000, 2002), The Open Championship three times (2000, 2005, 2006) and the PGA Championship three championship (1999, 2000, 2006).
And here’s a stunning fact,: in each one of his major victories, Woods had the outright lead or a share of the lead after the third round and held on to it all the way to the end.