A Stat That Proves Tiger Woods Was Invincible in His Prime

Published 08/14/2021, 7:15 PM EDT
RIDGEDALE, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 22: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the range prior to the Payne’s Valley Cup on September 22, 2020 on the Payne’s Valley course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Payne’s Valley Cup)


One needs to cover over two decades of championships and events when talking about Tiger Woods’ career. Despite that, the best years of his career are his prime years – where Woods dominated like no one ever has. Let’s take a look at Woods’ stats, breaking down why exactly the golfer’s prime did indeed make him invincible.

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Why was Tiger Woods’ prime unrivaled?

Even as per the PGA Tour stats, Woods was probably the best golfer to ever pick up the club in his prime. From August 15, 1999, to September 4, 2004, Woods was ranked No. 1 – retaining his position for 264 weeks. The prestigious no.1 ranking was once again occupied by Woods from 2005 to 2010, where he was the No. 1 for 281 weeks.

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No one else on the table is even near Woods. Greg Norman follows Woods in third place, staying the world No. 1 for 96 weeks. Nick Faldo stands in fourth place with 81 weeks, all others not even reaching 70.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – NOVEMBER 08: Tiger Woods of the USA looks dejected on the second green during the final round of the WGC – HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club on November 8, 2009 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
WeeksPlayerStart DateEnd date
281Tiger WoodsJune 12, 2005October 30, 2010
264Tiger WoodsAugust 15, 1999September 4, 2004
96Greg NormanJune 18, 1995April 19, 1997
81Nick FaldoJuly 19, 1992February 5, 1994
64Dustin JohnsonFebruary 19, 2017May 12, 2018
62Greg NormanSeptember 14, 1986November 21, 1987
60Tiger WoodsMarch 24, 2013May 17, 2014

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Other records broken by the golf icon

Woods remains amongst the five athletes to achieve a career Grand Slam, Woods was also the youngest to do it at 24. In 2001, Woods took home his Masters win, completing his Grand Slam. Till date, he remains the only player to win all four modern major championships in succession. He had 14 major title wins by 2014 and needed only 21 starts in his career to achieve the Grand Slam. Not only that, but Woods also won the Open Championship on his first attempt.

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Tiger Woods clearly dominated with his 82 PGA Tour wins. Earlier this year, Woods was involved in a horrific car crash that has him sidelined since then. While he is said to be recovering, Woods has not been playing any golf yet.
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