Tiger Woods Outshines the Big Three: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player Fall $532 Short in a Unique ‘Masters’ Bid

Published 12/28/2023, 7:45 AM EST

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Tiger Woods is not just a dominating force on the greens. The golf champion also holds the highest bidding record for the Golden Age Auctions. His set of golf equipment once sold for over $5 million. In fact, when it comes to mementos, Woods is an immovable presence, with 10s of his memorabilia sold on the GAC website alone for over $100K each.

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It’s clear that Woods’s admirers are always eagerly waiting to buy anything he owned or even signed. But is it his name that drives them? Or would they be just as driven for memorabilia from another legend? Well, as the recent auction proves, it’s the former that’s true, even though by a mere $532!

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In early December, the Golden Age Auction sold two Masters flags, one from 1997 and another from the 2000s. The first flag from the last century was signed by the big three: Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer, the Big Three of the golf world. The other had just one signature on it, that of Woods’s.

The first, despite having arguably three of the greatest players’ signatures on it, sold for $4,712.40, while Woods’s Masters-signed flag was auctioned out for $5,224.80 on the 10th of December.

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With that $532 difference, the 82-time PGA Tour winner once again proved his dominance both in golf and in the memorabilia market. This sheer dominance has been on display multiple times, with his mementos being sold for over $6 million in total throughout the years.

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Interestingly, it’s not just off the course that Woods has bested this Big 3. With the achievements, accolades, and records he’s set over his 27-year career, the golf great has arguably obliterated many of Nicklaus’s, Player’s, and Palmer’s records.

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After making his debut in 1996, Tiger Woods won his first major, his first of five Green Jackets, in 1997. With it, he became the youngest golfer to win the Masters. Just two years later, Woods achieved his career grand slam, i.e., winning all four majors. And soon it just became about seeing how many more he could add to it.

The Hall of Famer went on to win 15 majors in total and is second to only Jack Nicklaus, who has 18. And despite the 83-year-old having him beat, Woods is way ahead of both Arnold Palmer and Gary Players, who have 7 and 9 majors, respectively. Moreover, in overall PGA Tour victories, Woods beats all the Big Three by a whopping huge margin. While the golf legend has 82 wins on the Tour, Palmer has 62, Player has 24, and Nicklaus has 73 wins to his name. Woods’s wins are, in fact, the current record for the most PGA Tour wins by any golfer, an accolade he shares with the late Sam Snead.

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It’s clear that Woods has created a legacy for himself on the course, and now it seems like his mementos will be adding to his legacy off it.

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Khambe Huda Imran

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From a very young age, I, Huda Khambe, have been striving for excellence, and as a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports, my endeavor has only amplified. Having grown up watching Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam bag major after major, I couldn?t help but learn more about the intricacies of the sport, and now I combine that knowledge with my inherent storytelling skills and write about the gentleman's sport, bringing news to life for the readers. As a journalist who lives by the motto 'Girls for Girls', I am hellbent on covering the niche aspects of the sport and giving the readers unique insights about the LPGA and women's golf as a whole. Off hours too, my life involves sports of sorts, with me often engrossed in watching livestreams of Valorant and Counterstrike!
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