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While it can’t technically be said that Tiger Woods holds countless records on the PGA Tour or in major championship golf, one would have to take a deep dive into every single tournament to get the true number. And perhaps we’ll take that on that massive project at some point.

Today, however, we’re simply choosing to focus on a few specific marks he’s set since turning pro in 1996, marks we deem genuinely unbreakable.

Just to get this out of the way here at the start, we’re choosing not to include Tiger’s 82 PGA Tour victories in our official top five, the only real reason being that it’s a mark he doesn’t hold outright as he shares it with Sam Snead. And it’s highly unlikely that number will ever be matched. Of course, if Woods manages to somehow win again, we’d certainly have to adjust our list.

Another mark you won’t see on our list is Woods’ record as the all-time leading money winner on the PGA Tour, which he’s held since February 2000 (yes, it’s really been that long). Tiger has made nearly $121 million in on-course earnings during his career, but one has to think that record will fall at some point as purses continue to grow, especially with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund money now in play.

So which of Tiger Woods’ records did make our official list? Let’s take a look.

Winning percentage

As we’ve already discussed Tiger Woods’ 82 PGA Tour victories, let’s go ahead and kick things off with his record for all-time winning percentage.

As things currently stand, Woods has made 373 official PGA Tour starts, giving him a ridiculous 21.98% winning percentage. To put that in perspective, Snead won roughly 14% of his starts. And Jack Nicklaus, who took 73 victories on the PGA Tour, won 12.5% of the time.

That’s how dominant Woods once was. And think about this. During his historic 2000 season, Tiger made 20 official starts and won 45% of them, taking nine titles, including three majors. Absurd.

The “Tiger Slam”

As we just mentioned Tiger Woods’ ridiculous 2000 campaign, that makes for an easy transition into the “Tiger Slam.”

Woods, of course, is the only player to hold all four professional championships simultaneously.

He kicked things off with a dominant victory at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (we’ll come back to that in a moment), then became the youngest to win the career Grand Slam (that may never be broken either) with a win at the 2000 edition of The Open Championship at St. Andrews, and then survived a playoff to win the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Tiger closed out the historic feat with a two-shot win over David Duval at the 2001 edition of the Masters.

Now, for those thinking Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam in 1930 is in this same category, don’t forget that the U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur were viewed as majors back then.

We’re talking about actual professional majors here, and we’re never going to see anyone win four in a row ever again.

Largest margin of victory in a major championship

As promised, we return to the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Tiger Woods set the record for the largest margin of victory in a major championship, a mark that’s not going anywhere.

Taking advantage of an early tee time on Thursday, when conditions were still mostly calm, Woods fired a six-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after 18 holes. As conditions worsened as the week went on, Tiger remained in complete control, shooting a second-round 69 to take a six-shot lead into the final 36 holes.

An even-par 71 in the third round upped his lead to 10, and a final-round 67 put him at 12-under, making Woods the first player in history to ever finish a U.S. Open double-digits under par. In fact, Tiger was the only player in the entire field to finish in red numbers, as he won by a ridiculous 15 shots. Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez tied for second at 3-over.

Roger Maltbie was certainly accurate with his famous call during the second round. This truly wasn’t a fair fight.

The previous record was held by Old Tom Morris, who won the 1862 Open Championship by 13 strokes. In fact, of the six players to win a major in double-digit fashion, four did so before 1900. As for the other two, you’ve got Tiger’s 15-shot win at Pebble and his 12-shot win at the 1997 Masters. That margin of victory at Augusta isn’t going away either.

Weeks at No. 1

On June 15, 1997, just over two months following his historic victory at the Masters, Tiger Woods took over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time, which he held for just seven days before dropping back to No. 2.

In the years that followed, Woods spent 682 additional weeks in the top spot, including a 264-week stretch from August 15, 1999, to September 4, 2004. Remarkably, that wasn’t even his longest run. After going back and forth with Vijay Singh in 2004-2005, Woods hit the No. 1 spot for the 10th time on June 12, 2005, and didn’t relinquish it until October 30, 2010, a stretch of 281 weeks, breaking his own record.

Tiger took the top spot for the 11th and final time on March 25, 2013, and held it for another 60 weeks, bringing his all-time total to 683 weeks. That’s more than 13 years combined, folks. Neither that nor the 281-week run will ever fall.

Most consecutive cuts made

Last but certainly not least, we come to one of Tiger Woods’ most impressive accomplishments, that being his record for the most consecutive cuts made on the PGA Tour, a stretch that spanned 142 tournaments. The previous mark belonged to Byron Nelson at 113.

Tiger’s streak began at the 1998 Buick Invitational and ended at the 2005 Byron Nelson Championship, where he missed out on the weekend by a single stroke.

For even more perspective, Jack Nicklaus’ longest streak was 105. And even further, think about the fact that the second-best player of Tiger’s generation, Phil Mickelson, never once played a PGA Tour season in which he didn’t miss at least one cut.

That’s how dominant Tiger Woods was.


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