The Stats: Just how good was Tiger Woods?
It’s been a tumultuous 12 months for Tiger Woods, and that’s putting it lightly, as the 41-year-old continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
But that wasn’t always the case, and too often these days his vast list of achievements gets lost in the shuffle – many of which we’re unlikely to ever see again.
Tiger Woods holds up the Bridgestone Invitational trophy for the 8th time and his fifth win of the 2013 season
We’re not talking about the 79 PGA tour wins or 14 majors that rank him only behind Jack Nicklaus. We’re talking about the records he holds with nobody standing in front of him.
Records such as, most time spent as the no 1 ranked player in the world.
Throughout his career Woods has spent a whopping 683 weeks atop the Official World Golf Rankings, more than doubling the second place holder Greg Norman at 331.
This also includes the longest consecutive streaks of 281 and 264 weeks respectively.
To date he maintains the best scoring average for a single season of 67.79, which he set in 2000 and again in 2007.
This goes along with the highest average of birdies in a season with 4.92 per round, along with the highest green in regulation percentage for a season of 75.2 per cent, which he set in 2000.
He holds the record for most victories at a single event with eight, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Bridgestone. This ties him with Sam Snead who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.
And his 11-1 playoff record is the best career playoff win percentage of all time amongst players with at least six playoff wins.
But perhaps most impressively, he remains the youngest player to ever win the Masters Tournament, shocking the world in 1997 to clinch the event at only 21 years, 3 months, 14 days old.
If we have in fact seen the last of Tiger, I think we can agree he’s done all right with $110,061,012 in career earnings, the highest of all time.