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Comparing the Nicklaus & Woods 73s: Variety separates Jack's record

June 2012

They're tied with 73 PGA Tour victories, but a comparison between Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods shows a separation in how they got to be tied for the next-best mark to Sam Snead's leading 82.

Nicklaus' record shows more variety and scope in how it was achieved. His 73 wins were done in 35 events, played over 49 courses. His total reflects a more wider-ranging schedule than Woods, a schedule that had very few limited-field/no-cut events to feast upon; Jack won just six of such tournaments.

Woods took strong advantage of limited-field events, with 22 victories, most of them of the World Golf Championship type. Woods' 73 wins were done in 26 events done over 43 courses.

Another telling Woods stat is that he built his record by dominating a small group of events; nearly half his victories, 35, have taken place in just six tournaments: Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC Bridgestone/NEC Invitational, Buick Invitational, BMW/Western, Memorial and WGC American Express Ch. Nicklaus' best domination took place in the Masters, PGA Championship and Tournament of Champions.

Woods has won 12 multiple-course events to Nicklaus' 7, and in playoffs he's gone 11-1 to Nicklaus' 14-10.

And in an anecdote that says a lot about how Nicklaus' career has been the main motivation for Woods, even beyond Jack's 18 majors, Woods seemed to gain more motivation to win if an event had special meaning for Jack. Woods won each time Nicklaus played a farewell major: the 2000 U.S. Open and PGA and 2005 Masters and Open Championship. And, of course, Woods victory No. 73 came at Jack's event, The Memorial.

JACK NICKLAUS

PGA Tour Victories (73)

Masters (6): 1986, 1975, 1972, 1966, 1965, 1963
PGA Ch. (5): 1980, 1975, 1973, 1971, 1963
Tournament of Champions (5): 1977, 1973, 1971, 1964, 1963
Sahara Invitational (4): 1969, 1967, 1966, 1963
U.S. Open (4): 1980, 1972, 1967, 1962
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (3): 1973, 1972, 1967
Open Championship (3): 1978, 1970, 1966
The Players Ch. (3): 1978, 1976, 1974
Portland Open (3): 1965, 1964, 1962
Walt Disney World Open (3): 1973, 1972, 1971
Byron Nelson Golf Classic (2): 1971, 1970
Doral-Eastern Open (2): 1975, 1972
Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (2): 1978, 1977
Memorial Tournament (2): 1984, 1977
National Team Championship (2, with Arnold Palmer): 1971, 1970
Philadelphia Golf Classic (3): 1978, 1965, Whitemarsh Open 1964
Westchester Classic (2): 1972, 1967
Western Open (2): 1968, 1967
American Golf Classic (1): 1968
Andy Williams-San Diego Open (1): 1969(
Atlanta Golf Cl. (1): 1973
Colonial National Invitation Tournament (1): 1982
Greater New Orleans Open (1): 1973
Hawaiian Open (1): 1974
Memphis Open (1): 1965
Ohio Kings Island Open (1): 1973
Phoenix Open (1): 1964
Sea Pines Heritage Classic (1): 1975
Kaiser International Open (1): 1969
Seattle World's Fair Open (1): 1962
Palm Springs Golf Classic (1): 1963
Thunderbird Classic (1): 1965
U.S. Professional Match Play Ch. (1): 1972
World Open (1): 1975
World Series of Golf (1): 1976

Courses won on:
Atlanta C.C.: 1974 The Players Ch., 1973 Atlanta Golf Cl.
Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club: 1986, 1975, 1972, 1966, 1965, 1963 Masters
Baltusrol G.C. (Lower), Springfield, N.J.: 1980, 1967 U.S. Open
Bermuda Dunes (Calif.) C.C.: 1963 Palm Springs Golf Cl.
Beverly C.C., Chicago: 1967 Western Open
Broadmoor G.C., Seattle: 1962 Seattle World's Fair Open
Canterbury G.C., Cleveland: 1973 PGA Ch.
Colonial C.C., Fort Worth: 1982 Colonial National Invitation Tournament
Colonial C.C., Cordova, Tenn.: 1965 Memphis Open
Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland: 1962 Portland Open
C.C. of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.: 1972 U.S. Professional Match Play Ch.
Cypress Point, Calif.: 1973, 1972, 1967 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Dallas Athletic Club: 1963 PGA Ch.
Desert Inn C.C., Las Vegas: 1964, 1963 Tournament of Champions
Doral Resort (Blue), Miami: 1975, 1972 Doral-Eastern Open
Eldorado C.C., Indian Wells, Calif.: 1963 Palm Springs Golf Cl.
Firestone C.C. (South), Akron, Ohio: 1968 American Golf Cl., 1976 World Series of Golf, 1975 PGA Ch.
Harbour Town G.Links, Hilton Head, S.C.: 1975 Sea Pines Heritage Cl.
Indian Wells C.C., Palm Springs: 1963 Palm Springs Golf Cl.
Inverrary G.&C.C. (East), Lauderhill, Fla.: 1978, 1977 Jackie Gleason Inverrary Cl.; 1976 The Players Ch.
Jack Nicklaus G.Center, Mason, Ohio: 1973 Ohio Kings Island Open
LaCosta C.C., Carlsbad, Calif.: 1977, 1973, 1971 Tournament of Champions
Lakewood C.C., New Orelans: 1973 Greater New Orleans Open
Laurel Valley G.C., Ligonier, Pa.: 1971, 1970 National Team Ch.
Muirfield, Scotland: 1966 Open Championship
Muirfield Village G.C., Dublin, Ohio: 1984, 1977 Memorial
Oak Hill C.C. (East), Rochester, N.Y.: 1980 PGA Ch.
Oakmont (Pa.) C.C.: 1962 U.S. Open
Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland: 1978, 1970 Open Championship
Olympia Fields (Ill.) C.C.: 1968 Western Open
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) C.C.: 1967, 1966, 1963 Sahara Inv.
Pebble Beach (Calif.) G.Links: 1973, 1972, 1967 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, 1972 U.S. Open
PGA National G.C. (now BallenIsles), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.: 1971 PGA Ch.
Phoenix C.C.: 1964 Phoenix Open
Pinehurst C.C.: 1975 World Open
Portland G.C.: 1965, 1964 Portland Open
Preston Trail, Dallas: 1971, 1970 Byron Nelson Golf Cl.
Sahara-Nevada C.C., Las Vegas: 1969 Sahara Inv.
Sawgrass C.C., Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.: 1978 Players Ch.
Silverado C.C., Napa, Calif.: 1969 Kaiser International Open Invitational
Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, Calif.: 1973, 1972, 1967 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Tamarisk C.C., Rancho Mirage, Calif.: 1963 Palm Springs Golf Cl.
Torrey Pines (No./So.), La Jolla, Calif.: 1969 Andy Williams-San Diego Open
Waialae C.C., Honolulu: 1974 Hawaiian Open
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.: Walt Disney World OpenMagnolia 1971; Magnolia and Palm 1973, 1972
Westchester C.C., Harrison, N.Y.: 1965 Thunderbird Cl., 1972, 1967 Westchester Cl.
Whitemarsh (Pa.) Valley C.C.: Philadelphia Golf Cl. (Whitemarsh 1964), 1978, 1965

Multiple-course events:
Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (3): 1973, 1972, 1967
Walt Disney World Open (2): 1973, 1972
Palm Springs Golf Classic (1): 1963
Andy Williams-San Diego Open (1): 1969

Limited Field/No-cut events:
Tournament of Champions (5): 1977, 1973, 1971, 1964, 1963
World Series of Golf (1): 1976
Note: The U.S. Professional Match Play Ch. in 1972 was played at the same time as the Liggett & Myers stroke-play event.
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