Golf is a game that revolves around numbers. Lots of numbers.
There’s par and yardage, irons, woods and wedges, golf balls and holes, strokes and strokes gained. The list goes on. When it comes to impressive lists of numbers and stats related to golf, nobody’s compiled a better one over a career than Tiger Woods. Even with all his injuries, he still isn’t done.
In fact, he’s adding another number today: 47. As in, years old.
From his record PGA Tour earnings to his record-tying 82 Tour wins and 15 major championships, here are 47 facts and stats to celebrate Tiger’s 47th birthday.
Tiger’s estimated net worth as of 2022 (Forbes).
Tiger’s career earnings on the PGA Tour, placing him on the top spot of the all-time money list.
Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the 11th hole during the pro-am prior to the PNC Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on December 16, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Money list leader
Speaking of money, there were three different seasons where Tiger led the money list and earned more than Nos. 2 and 3 combined: 1999 (David Duval, Davis Love III), 2000 (Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els) and 2007 (Mickelson, Vijay Singh).
The year that Tiger turned pro and won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.
PGA Tour rookie Tiger Woods holds a check after winning the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational at TPC at Summerlin. (Photo: Lennox McLendon, Associated Press)
The number of weeks Tiger has spent at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the most all-time.
The next four players with the most weeks in the top spot – Greg Norman (331), Dustin Johnson (135), Rory McIlroy (116), and Nick Faldo (97) – combine for 679 weeks.
The number of PGA Tour events Tiger has played.
The number of PGA Tour cuts Tiger has made.
It took Tiger just 291 days from his first round as a professional to rise to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the quickest ascension to the top spot in OWGR history.
Tiger Woods signs autographs during the 1997 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Photo: The Arizona Republic
The number of Tiger’s top-10 finishes on Tour.
Tiger’s number of consecutive made cuts on Tour from 1998-2006, breaking the old streak of 113 set by Byron Nelson. He won 37 of those 142 tournaments (26%).
The number of worldwide victories for Tiger.
Tiger Woods holds a trophy after wining the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship at the Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba on October 28, 2019. (Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP)
100, 200 and 300
Tiger loves a milestone and emerged victorious in each won his 100th, 200th and 300th official starts on the PGA Tour at the 2000 WGC Invitational, 2006 Buick Invitational and 2013 Players, respectively.
Tiger’s number of PGA Tour victories, tied with Sam Snead for most all-time.
Tiger’s number of wins on the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour), which ranks third all-time behind Bernhard Langer (42) and Seve Ballesteros (50) and ahead of Colin Montgomerie (31) and Nick Faldo (30).
Tiger Woods arrives at Bangkok International Airport, Nov. 14, 2000, for the Johnnie Walker Classic. (Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP via Getty Images)
Hot Streak, Part I
From 1999-2003, Tiger won 32 of 101 tournaments (31.7%), including seven major championships. He won seven of 11 majors from the 1999 PGA Championship to the 2002 U.S. Open.
Players who have won six majors in their careers: Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead.
Hot Streak, Part II
Again from 2005-2009 Tiger went on a crazy run, winning 31 out of his 75 (41.3%) including six majors.
Players who have won six majors in their careers: Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino.
Speaking of 31, that’s how many second-place finishes Tiger has on Tour.
Oh yeah, and he’s missed just 30 cuts on Tour.
Career holes-in-one, and three of those came as a professional at the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open, 1997 Phoenix Open and 1998 Sprint International.
The 16th tee box is covered by beer cans and cups thrown by fans celebrating a hole-in-one by Tiger Woods at the 1997 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Photo: The Arizona Republic
Third-place finishes in Tiger’s PGA Tour career.
After the World Golf Championships were introduced to the Tour schedule in 1999, Tiger won 16 of the first 33 WGC events and has won 18 total.
The number of states where Tiger has won: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.
Number of major championships won: 1997 Masters, 1999 PGA Championship, 2000 U.S. Open, 2000 Open Championship, 2000 PGA Championship, 2001 Masters, 2002 Masters, 2002 U.S. Open, 2005 Masters, 2005 Open Championship, 2006 Championship, 2006 PGA Championship, 2007 PGA Championship, 2008 U.S. Open, 2019 Masters.
Tiger Woods gets his green jacket from 1996 champ Nick Faldo after winning the 61st Masters Tournament in 1997 at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Porter Binks/USA TODAY)
The number of times he’s four-putted on the green (most recently at the 2022 Masters).
Number of countries where Tiger has won: Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Scotland, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, U.S.
PGA Tour Player of the Year awards (most recently in 2013) as well as the number of times he’s withdrawn from a tournament.
At Stanford, Tiger won 11 tournaments in 26 starts, including the individual national title in 1996, where he closed with a final-round 80 and still won by four shots over Rory Sabbatini.
Tiger Woods at Stanford at the 1996 NCAA Championship.
Tiger’s number of PGA Tour money list titles (also most recently in 2013).
Vardon Trophies won (lowest adjusted scoring average) as well as PGA Tour wins during the 2000 season.
Only one player in PGA Tour history has won eight or more times at the same course. Tiger has done it three times at Bay Hill, Firestone and Torrey Pines.
Those wins alone equal Gary Player’s total of 24 PGA Tour wins.
Tiger Woods hoists the trophy after winning final the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
Number of countries where Tiger has won a PGA Tour event: Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Spain, U.S.
He also earned seven consecutive PGA Tour wins during the 2006-07 seasons (second only to Byron Nelson’s 11 in 1945).
And don’t forget in addition to his 15 major titles, he has seven runner-up finishes in majors – three at the PGA, two at the U.S. Open and two more at the Masters.
Consecutive PGA Tour wins during the 2000 season.
Masters victories (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019) as well as knee operations.
According to stats guru Justin Ray, there are just three instances of a player winning five (or more) PGA Tour starts in a row in the last 60 years: Tiger Woods (7), Tiger Woods (6) and Tiger Woods (5).
Five players have won the career Grand Slam: Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Tiger did it faster than all of them, completing the feat in just 15 major starts.
Woods and Nicklaus are the lone players to win the Grand Slam three times.
PGA Championship victories (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007) as well as back surgeries.
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the 81st PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, on Sunday, Aug. 15, 1999.
Margin of victory
Nicklaus has more major victories at 18), but Tiger’s average margin of victory in his 15 major wins is 4.13 shots, whereas Nicklaus’ average margin of victory is 2.64 shots.
Tiger is the last player to win four straight starts on Tour: 2007 BMW Championship, 2007 Tour Championship, 2008 Buick Invitational, 2008 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
U.S. Open victories (2000, 2002, 2008), Open Championship titles (2000, 2005, 2006), as well asl U.S. Junior Amateur (1991-93) and U.S. Amateur wins (1994-96).
Tiger became the second player to win three majors in a single season with his 2000 PGA Championship, joining Ben Hogan who did so in 1953.
People forget Tiger hit balls with Bob Hope on national television at just 2 years old on the Mike Douglas Show.
FedEx Cup titles (2007, 2009). Only Rory McIlroy (2016, 2019, 2022) has won the season-long championship more.
En route to his 2007 win to claim the inaugural FedExCup, Tiger won the 2007 Tour Championship by eight strokes thanks to mind-blowing rounds of 64-63-64-66.
Tiger has won the Players twice (2001, 2013), joining Fred Couples (1984, 1996), Steve Elkington (1991, 1997), Hal Sutton (1983, 2000) and Davis Love III (1992, 2003). Jack Nicklaus is the lone three-time winner of the Tour’s flagship event (1974, 1976, 1978).
According to stats guru Justin Ray, Tiger is the only player since 1950 to win the same PGA Tour event four years in a row, doing so twice at the Buick Invitational (2005-08) and Bay Hill (2000-03).
Tiger was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 by then-President Donald Trump, the first active athlete to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was the 33rd sports figure and fourth golfer to receive the medal, joining Arnold Palmer (2004), Jack Nicklaus (2005) and Charlie Sifford (2014).
Tiger Woods speaks after U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods during an event at the White House in the Rose Garden. (Photo: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports)