Golf Tours & NewsJune 6, 2012

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

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 Open—Magnolia 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.

TIGER WOODS

PGA Tour Victories (73)

Arnold Palmer Invitational (7): 2012, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

WGC Bridgestone Invitational/NEC Invitational (7): 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999

Buick Invitational (6): 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 1999

BMW Ch./Western Open (5): 2009, 2007 2003, 1999, 1997

The Memorial (5): 2012, 2009, 2001, 2000, 1999

WGC American Express Ch. (5): 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1999

The Masters (4): 2005, 2002, 2001, 1997

PGA Ch. (4): 2007, 2006, 2000, 1999

Buick Open (3): 2009, 2006, 2002

Open Championship (3): 2006, 2005, 2000

U.S. Open (3): 2008, 2002, 2000

WGC Accenture Match Play Ch. (3): 2008, 2004, 2003

Disney Oldsmobile Cl./National Car Rental Cl. (2): 1999, 1996

Ford Ch. at Doral (2): 2006, 2005

Mercedes Ch. (Tournament of Champions) (2): 2000, 1997

Tour Championship (2): 2007, 1999

AT&T National (1): 2009

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (1): 2000

BellSouth Classic (1): 1998

Canadian Open (1): 2000

Deutsche Bank Ch. (1): 2006

GTE Byron Nelson Cl. (1): 1997

Las Vegas Invitational (1): 1996

The Players Ch. (1): 2001

Wachovia (Quail Hollow) Ch. (1): 2007

WGC CA Ch. (1): 2007

Courses won on:

Augusta (Ga.) National G.C.: 2005, 2002, 2001, 1997 Masters

Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando: 2012, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Bethpage (Black), Farmington, N.Y.: 2002 U.S. Open

Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.: 2003 WGC American Express Ch.

Champions G.C., Houston: 1999 Tour Ch.

Cog Hill G.&C.C., Lemont, Ill.: 2003, 1999, 1997 Motorola Western Open, 2009, 2007 BMW Ch.

Congressional C.C., Bethesda, Md.: 2009 AT&T National

Cottonwood Valley, Irving, Tex.: 1997 GTE Byron Nelson Cl.

Desert Inn, Las Vegas: 1996 Las Vegas Invitational

Doral Resort (Blue), Miami: 2007 WGC CA Ch., 2006, 2005 Ford Ch. at Doral

East Lake G.C., Atlanta: 2007 Tour Ch.

Firestone C.C. (South), Akron, Ohio: 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999 WGC Bridgestone Invitational/NEC Invitational

The Gallery at Dove Mountain, Marana, Ariz.: 2008 WGC Accenture Match Play Ch.

Glen Abbey G.C., Oakville, Ontario: 2000 Canadian Open

The Grove G.Cse., Hertfordshire, England: 2006 WGC American Express Ch.

Harding Park, San Francisco: 2005 WGC American Express Ch.

LaCosta Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, Calif.: 2004, 2003 WGC Accenture Match Play Ch., 1997 Mercedes Ch.

Las Vegas Hilton C.C.: 1996 Las Vegas Invitational

Medinah (Ill.) C.C.: 2006, 1999 PGA Ch.

Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland: 2002 WGC American Express Ch.

Muirfield Village G.C., Dublin, Ohio: 2012, 2009, 2001, 2000, 1999 The Memorial

Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland: 2005, 2000 Open Championship

Pebble Beach (Calif.) G.Links: 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am, 2000 U.S. Open

The Plantation Course, Kapalua, Hawaii: 2000 Mercedes Ch.

The Players Stadium Course, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: 2001 The Players Ch.

Poppy Hills G.Cse., Pebble Beach, Calif.: 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.: 2007 Wachovia Ch. (Quail Hollow Ch.)

Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, England: 2006 Open Championship

Southern Hills, Tulsa, Okla.: 2007 PGA Ch.

Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, Calif.: 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am

Torrey Pines (No./So.), La Jolla, Calif.: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 1999 Buick Invitational; 2008 U.S. Open

TPC at Sugarloaf (Stables and Meadows), Duluth, Ga.: 1998 BellSouth Classic

TPC Boston: 2006 Deutsche Bank Ch.

TPC Four Seasons, Irving, Tex.: 1997 GTE Byron Nelson Cl.

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas: 1996 Las Vegas Invitational

Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain: 1999 WGC American Express Ch.

Valhalla, Louisville, Ky.: 2000 PGA Ch.

Walt Disney Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.: Palm and Magnolia, Disney Oldsmobile Cl./National Car Rental Cl. 1999, 1996; Lake Buena Vista, Disney Oldsmobile Cl. 1996

Warwick Hills G.&C.C., Grand Blanc, Mich.: 2009, 2006, 2002 Buick Open

Multiple-course events:

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (1): 2000

BellSouth Classic (1): 1998

Buick Invitational (6): 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003,1999

Disney Oldsmobile Cl./National Car Rental Cl. (2): 1999, 1996

GTE Byron Nelson Classic (1): 1997

Las Vegas Invitational (1): 1996

Limited Field/No-cut events:

BMW Championship (2): 2009, 2007

Mercedes Ch. (Tournament of Champions) (2): 2000, 1997

WGC American Express Ch. (5): 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1999

WGC Bridgestone Invitational/NEC Invitational (7): 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999

WGC Accenture Match Play Ch. (3): 2008, 2004, 2003

WGC CA Ch. (1): 2007

Tour Championship (2): 2007, 1999