Tiger Woods has uphill climb
December, 30, 2012
By Justin Ray | ESPN.com
Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesTiger Woods can look ahead to 2013 after a rough 2012.
Woods has been stuck on 14 major titles since the 2008 U.S. Open. In 2012, he failed to break par in rounds three or four of any major for the first time in his career.
If Woods is going to pass Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 major championships, he’s going to make more history in the process.
Only one player since 1900 has won more than four majors after turning 37 years old: Ben Hogan, who won six, including the 1950 U.S. Open at age 37.
Though the focus in recent seasons has been on what Tiger has been unable to accomplish, Woods has long since re-written golf’s record book.
On his birthday, we note a few accomplishments you may not have known on Tiger’s decorated resume:
• At the 2000 Open Championship, Woods set the record for most strokes under par by a major champion at 19-under. Tiger doesn’t just hold the top spot on that list, he holds five of the top six positions.
Woods has finished 18-under or better in five of his major victories. The only other player to do that even once is Nick Faldo at the 1990 Open Championship.
• Woods has each of the four best seasons in PGA TOUR history in scoring average. His 2000 season average of 68.17 was better than the old record, held by Sam Snead in 1950, by more than an entire stroke.
• In 2012, Woods became the first player in PGA TOUR history to amass over $100 million in career earnings. At the end of 1996, the last full year Woods was not on TOUR, only one player (Greg Norman) had even earned $10 million.
• From July of 2006 through January of 2007, Woods won seven consecutive PGA TOUR starts. Since 1950, the only other player (besides Tiger, who’s done it three times) to even win five in a row is Ben Hogan, who did it in 1953.
• Tiger Woods is the only player in PGA TOUR history to win seven PGA TOUR events on the same course. He’s done it at three different courses: Torrey Pines GC, Firestone CC, and Bay Hill.