Understatement: Tiger Woods considered the best golfer of all time
Here’s an understatement about Tiger Woods: Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is generally considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.
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Here are some reasons why it’s an understatement:
- Tiger has won 80 official PGA Tour events, second only to Sam Snead (82), and seven ahead of Jack Nicklaus's 73 wins.
- Tiger has won 14 majors, second all time behind Jack Nicklaus' 18.
- His career earnings are $116,239,000, the most all time.
- Tiger is 14–1 when going into the final round of a major with at least a share of the lead.
- Tiger scoring average in 2000 is the lowest in PGA Tour history, both adjusted, 67.79, and unadjusted, 68.17.
- Tiger has the lowest career scoring average in PGA Tour history.
- Tiger has amassed the most career earnings of any player in PGA Tour history (even after inflation is considered).
- Tiger is one of five players (along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus) to have won all four professional major championships in his career, known as the Career Grand Slam, and was the youngest to do so.
- Tiger is the only player to have won all four professional major championships in a row, accomplishing the feat in the 2000–2001 seasons. This feat became known as the "Tiger Slam".
- Tiger is the only player in PGA Tour history to win eight or more times on a single course. He has done it on three different courses.
- Tiger has won five straight PGA Tour starts three different times.
- From 1997 through 2008, Tiger was a combined 126 under par in majors. There are 138 other players who played at least 40 rounds in major championships in that span. Among that group, he was a staggering 189 shots better than anyone else.
- Tiger is the only player in history to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open in his career. He’s won three of each.
Enough said. I am sold. How about you?