Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus lead the way with most PGA Tour wins

Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus lead the way with most PGA Tour wins

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In the 2018 Tour Championship, Tiger Woods claimed a wire-to-wire victory with rounds of 65-68-65-71 to finish 11-under-par and two strokes clear of the field en route to his first PGA Tour win in five years and 80th in his career. We took his return to the top of the leaderboard to look at the biggest career winners on the Tour…

MOST PGA TOUR WINS

Until Woods burst onto the scene, Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour career victories, and Jack Nicklaus’ 18 wins in major championships were thought to be untouchable records. The California Kid’s meteoric trajectory soon had golf prognosticators projecting he would smash though not just one, but both of the lofty marks.

Most PGA Tour Wins infographic features Tigers Woods, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus

Woods tumultuous 2010 divorce and a series of subsequent back surgeries seemed to denote the final chapters of his sporting career, until his latest, and somewhat unexpected, triumph changed the script. Now, sports writers (including this one) are anticipating anew that he will inevitably pass Snead’s total and may yet challenge Nicklaus’ tally of majors.

UPDATED September 25, 2018

1) SAM SNEAD

Snead’s sweet swing and towering drives earned him the nickname “The Slammer”, but it was his penchant for winning that framed his record-setting Hall-of-Fame career. No player has won more events in a single season since he took 11 titles in 1950, but it’s his record 82 PGA Tour titles over a span of 27 years that is his enduring legacy.

Statistical Overview

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PGA Tour Wins
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Wins in Majors
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INTL Wins

% Cuts Made

90.1

% Top Ten Finishes

56.4

2) TIGER WOODS

Among the plethora of accomplishments in Woods’ already-legendary career are four rounds in which he shot 61, three PGA Tour finishes at 23-under-par or better, two runs at No. 1 in excess of 263 weeks, and a string of seven consecutive victories from 2006-07 (including the British Open and PGA Championship).

Statistical Overview

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PGA Tour Wins
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Wins in Majors
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INTL Wins

% Passes Completed

91.3

% Wins As Starter

55.8

3) JACK NICKLAUS

Nicklaus not only holds the record for most majors (The Masters, 6; US Open, 4; British Open, 3; PGA Championship, 5), but also placed second a staggering 19 times — more than any other golfer in history.

Statistical Overview

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PGA Tour Wins
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Wins in Majors
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INTL Wins

% Cuts Made

85.0

% Top Ten Finishes

48.1

MOST PGA TOUR WINS

Sam Snead, 82 — 100%
Tiger Woods, 80 97.6%
Jack Nicklaus, 73 — 89.0%
Ben Hogan, 64 — 78.0%
Arnold Palmer 62 — 75.6%
Byron Nelson, 52 — 63.4%
Billy Casper, 51 — 62.2%
Walter Hagen, 45 — 54.9%
Phil Mickelson, 43 52.4%
Cary Middlecoff, 40 — 48.8%

Other than Woods, the only other active player in the top ten of most PGA tour wins is Phil Mickelson who, with 40, has half Tiger’s total. The next highest total among golfers still competing is Ernie Els and Dustin Johnson who are tied in 38th place with 19.

2018-09-25T12:50:34+00:00 September 25th, 2018|

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