Tiger Woods is widely considered the greatest golfer to ever live. The now 44-year-old has 81 total wins and 15 major championships to his name. In his prime, Woods dominated the sport more impressively than maybe any other athlete ever has. Although he’s possibly the greatest of all time, Woods actually doesn’t hold the record for the most wins in PGA Tour history by himself. So, who is tied with Woods, and how many wins do they have?
Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer are all incorrect
Right behind Tiger Woods, names such as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Arnold Palmer are often mentioned as the next best on the all-time list.
Nicklaus won an astounding 73 times on the PGA Tour. From 1962-1978, Nicklaus didn’t go a single year without winning at least twice. He won an average of four tournaments per year during that span. Nicklaus also has the most major victories of all time with 18. Not even Woods can claim that many.
Hogan had one of the sweetest swings in golf history, and it translated to 64 victories on Tour. In 1946, Hogan won a ridiculous 13 times. He also won eight majors in the span of six years during his career.
Palmer is right behind Hogan with 62 PGA Tour wins. He also won eight major championships, including four victories at The Masters. Along with Niklaus and Gary Player, Palmer hit the opening tee shot at Augusta National until his death in 2016.
Sam Snead is tied with Tiger Woods for the most wins in PGA Tour history
Sam Snead isn’t as popular a name as Nicklaus, Hogan, or Palmer, but he actually has more wins than all three legends. In fact, Snead is tied with Tiger Woods for the most wins in PGA Tour history with 82 victories.
Snead won his first tournament in 1936 and his last in 1965. The 29-year gap between his first and last victories is the largest in golf history.
Snead won seven major championships during his career, and he nearly won the career grand slam. He never won the U.S. Open despite finishing as the runner-up in the event four times.
Tiger Woods needs just one more win to break Sam Snead’s record
Tiger Woods might already be considered the greatest golfer of all time, but he can seal his place atop the PGA Tour mountain with another victory. Woods needs just one more win to reach 83 and pass Sam Snead for the most all-time.
It’s not out of the question for the 44-year-old Woods. After all, he’s the defending Masters champion. He also won his 82nd tournament just nine months ago at the 2019 ZOZO Championship.
Woods has been playing a lighter schedule this year, but that’s so he can stay healthy and fresh for the majors and bigger tournaments coming up in the fall. Barring a catastrophic injury or an early retirement, Woods will get to 83 and cement his status as the greatest golfer to ever live.
All stats courtesy of PGA.com