Greatest Golfer of All Time

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods & Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus


Tiger Woods could still match Jack Nicklaus' major championship record of 18 by the year 2012, but, he'll need to win all 4 majors (the Grand Slam). Will he break the record this year? Or, will his career still be derailed due to his personal issues.

Tiger Wood's Career Record

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Six Months Old
Sees his father hitting golf balls into a net and begins to imitate his swing.

Top 1978

Age 2
Appears on the Mike Douglas Show and putts against comedian Bob Hope.

Top 1979

Age 3
Shoots a 48 over nine holes at the Navy Golf Club in Cypress, Calif.

Top 1981

Age 5
Appears in Golf Digest magazine and on ABC's That's Incredible.

Top 1984

Age 8
Wins the Optimist International Junior Championship. He would repeat this win at age 9, 12, 13, 14, and 15.

Top 1991

Age 15
Becomes the youngest U.S. Junior Amateur Champion in golf history. Voted Southern California Amateur Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Also voted Golf Digest Amateur Player of the Year.

Top 1992

Age 16
Successfully defends title at the U.S. Junior National Championships, becoming the first golfer to win the title more than once (he would win the following year as well). Competes in his first PGA Tour event, the Nissan Los Angeles Open.

Top 1994

Age 18
Wins the U.S. Amateur Championship at the TPC at Sawgrass, becoming the youngest winner ever. Enrolls at Stanford University and wins first collegiate event, the William Tucker Invitational.

Top 1995

Age 19
Defends title as U.S. Amateur champion. Voted Pac-10 Player of the Year, NCAA First Team All-American, and Stanford's Male Freshman of the Year (an award that encompasses all sports). Participates in the Masters, his first PGA major tournament, and ties for 41st as the only amateur to make the cut.

Top 1996

Age 20
Becomes the first golfer in history to win three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. Wins the NCAA individual men's championship with a 69-67-69-80-285. Ties the British Open record for an amateur with a 75-66-70-70-281. Turns pro in August and immediately signs endorsement deals worth $40 million from Nike and $20 million from Titleist. Wins the Las Vegas International and the Disney/Oldsmobile Classic—earning close to $800,000 in just eight events. Voted Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

Top 1997

Age 21
Leading money winner on the PGA Tour with a record $2,066,833 in earnings. Wins first major championship, The Masters, by an amazing 12 strokes, the widest margin of victory the tournament has ever seen. Becomes youngest Masters winner ever, and the first of African or Asian descent. Wins three other PGA events. Achieves No. 1 world ranking in his 42nd week as a pro. Voted PGA Player of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

Top 1998

Age 22
In an "off" year, wins just one official PGA event (BellSouth Classic) and finishes fourth on the PGA Tour money list with $1,841,117. Still makes 19 cuts out of 20 tournaments played, and closes the year with a No. 1 world ranking.

Top 1999

Age 23
Earns the most money on the PGA Tour with a record $6,616,585 in winnings for the year. Records 16 top-10 finishes in 21 PGA Tour starts and makes the cut in all 21. Wins second PGA major title with a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia in the PGA Championship. Records eight PGA victories overall, including the final four official tournaments of the year. Defeats David Duval at the Showdown at Sherwood, the first live network prime time golf telecast. Member of U.S. Team that recorded a tremendous final-day comeback to win the Ryder Cup. Voted PGA Player of the Year and AP Male Athlete of the Year for the second time in three years.

Top 2000

Age 24
Opens the year with wins at the Mercedes Championship and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his fifth and sixth consecutive PGA Tour victories (the longest streak since Ben Hogan in 1948). Wins U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 strokes (65-69-71-67--272), the largest margin of victory ever recorded at a major tournament. Breaks or ties a total of nine records at the U.S. Open. Becomes the Tour's all-time career money leader.

Becomes the fifth player in history (and youngest ever) to complete the career Grand Slam by winning the British Open by eight strokes. His 19-under 269 is the best score ever at St. Andrews and the lowest score (in relation to par) at a major tournament.

Defeats Bob May in a three-hole playoff at Valhalla in Louisville to win his second consecutive PGA Championship and third consecutive major title. He joins Ben Hogan (1953) as the only two players to win three majors in one season.

Top 2001

Age 25
In April, wins the Masters tournament, becomes the first golfer to be reigning champion of all four majors simultaneously. Wins five overall PGA events and takes home PGA Player of the Year honors for the third consecutive year.

Top 2002

Age 26
Wins second consecutive Masters, third overall, with a three-stroke victory over Retief Goosen. Becomes the youngest golfer in history to win seven PGA majors.

In June, he goes on to win his second U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Top 2003

Age 27
Although he didn't win any of the major titles this year, Tiger still came in first in 5 of the 18 tournaments he entered, and ended the season winning over $6.6 million dollars.

Top 2004

Age 28
Early in the year, Tiger became the first player to pass the $40 million mark in career earnings.

A tough year for Tiger, he loses his number one ranking to a hot Vijay Singh after Singh, Woods, and Adam Scott battle it out at the Deutsche Bank Championship over the Labor Day weekend. Tiger had been at the top since Aug. 1999—a record 264 weeks.

Tiger and Swedish model/nanny Elin Nordegren get married in a $1.5 million ceremony on Barbados in early October.

Top 2005

Age 29
In January, Tiger wins the Buick Invitational, ending a slump that started in 2003. The last full-field PGA tournament he won was the Western Open in July 2003.

In April, Tiger defeats Chris DiMarco in a playoff to win the Masters for the fourth time. Tiger joins six-time winner Jack Nicklaus and other four-time winner Arnold Palmer as the only players to win four or more Masters.

With a commanding 5-stroke victory, Tiger takes the British Open trophy for the second time. This is his 10th major title and he joins Jack Nicklaus in being the only players to win all four major tournaments at least twice.

Top 2006

Age 30
A good omen for Tiger—for the fourth time in his professional career he opens the season with a win. He wins the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in an exciting three-way playoff, defeating Nathan Green and Jose Maria Olazabal.

Earl Woods, 74, Tiger's father and the guiding force behind his career, dies of cancer in early May.

In June, Tiger returns to the links and fails to make the cut for the U.S. Open by three strokes. He had made the cut in 39 consecutive majors, a record he shares with Jack Nicklaus.

Tiger snags his third British Open claret jug with an 18-under-par score. His 11th major win, he wins by two strokes over Chris DiMarco, who also recently lost a parent (his mother on July 4).

Tiger wins the Buick Open in August becoming the youngest player to win 50 PGA tournaments. Jack Nicklaus, who had previously held the record, had been 33 years old when he snagged his 50th title.

Tiger cruises through the last round of the PGA Championship to win the title 5 strokes behind his closest competitor and with an 18-under-par score for the tourney. He racks up his 12th major tournament win and continues his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's records—the Golden Bear had 18 major victories in his career.

Top 2007

In August, Tiger braves four straight days of triple-digit temperatures at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to win his fourth PGA Championship and 13th major title. He shoots 8-under par for the tournament and wins by two strokes over Woody Austin and Ernie Els, who both make late charges but are no match for Tiger's tournament-long consistency. Woods improves his record to 13-0 when leading a major championship going into the final day


Jack and Tiger. Tiger and Jack. When looking at their victories over the years, they are both impressive. Tiger seems to be ahead, but Jack still has something to say about it.



Records as of January, 2012

Major Championships
PGA Tour
World Wide
Years to Achieve

Jack's Record

Tiger's Record

Tiger Record Forecast

Tiger is 36 years old as of the beginning of 2012 with records shown to the left. At the same age, Jack had won 14 majors and 61 Tour Events.

2012 Major Championships

US Masters at Augusta National April 5-8

US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California June 14-17

British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes July 19-22

PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort, South Carolina August 9-12