It seems only yesterday Tiger Woods was a prodigious talent about to embark on a journey that would take him to levels of superstardom never before seen in the game of golf.
On Wednesday, Woods turned 45 with his legacy forever enshrined as one of the greatest sportspeople of all time.
With 82 PGA Tour titles and 15 majors to his name, Woods has had plenty to celebrate during a stellar career.
To mark his birthday, Stats Perform News has taken a look back at some of his most memorable achievements.
Woods famously sits second in the list of men’s major winners, edging to just three behind Jack Nicklaus’ tally of 18 with his fifth Masters success in April 2019. Tiger has won the US PGA Championship on four occasions and boasts three successes at The Open and U.S. Open.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019
PGA TOUR WINS
Sam Snead long held the outright record for the most wins on the PGA Tour, but Woods moved alongside his fellow American great, who died in 2002, on 82 titles with victory at the Zozo Championship in October 2019. Snead won titles in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, landing his last win on the tour at the age of 52.
MOST WEEKS AT WORLD NUMBER ONE
Woods has topped the Official World Golf Ranking, which was introduced in 1986, for 683 weeks, more than double the time spent at number one by his nearest rival in this regard, Greg Norman (331 weeks). In eight years – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 – Tiger remained atop the rankings for all 52 weeks of the year. His stint as number one between June 2005 and October 2010 – a period of 281 weeks – is another record.
CAREER EARNINGS ON PGA TOUR
Woods has amassed career earnings of $120,851,706 on the PGA Tour. He has earned over $28million more than his nearest rival in this regard, Phil Mickelson.
— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) December 30, 2020
Between 1998 and 2005, Woods made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events, comfortably surpassing the previous record streak of 113 held by Byron Nelson.
RECORD SCORES IN MAJORS
Woods’ record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at The Open was taken by Henrik Stenson in 2016, the Swede’s 20-under total at Royal Troon one shot better than Tiger’s winning mark at St Andrews in 2000. Woods held the joint-best winning score at the Masters, having finished 18 under in 1997 – Jordan Spieth matched that effort in 2015 – until Dustin Johnson blew away the competition at Augusta in November 2020. His 20-under score set a new Masters record, and he joined Stenson and Jason Day as the only players to win a major with such a score.
CAREER GRAND SLAM WINNER
In addition to being one of only five men, together with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen, to have won all of golf’s four majors since the introduction of the Masters in 1934, Woods held all four titles at once following his 2001 triumph at Augusta, which completed the much-vaunted ‘Tiger Slam’. No player has ever won the four present majors in the same year.