This is the most any player has won in his career. Even though he finished with by far the highest major winning percentage in history at 44 percent, his early retirement raises two key objections to naming him the greatest golfer of all time. At his best Tiger might have the slightest edge over Jack in the majors during this time period, but the majority of the time even these two weren't at their best and in that case Jack was easily the winner. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient in 2005. Jesse Owens was 5-10, Carl Lewis is 6-2 and Usain Bolt is 6-5. Yellow background for top-10. LA = Low amateur 1965 Masters: Set records for the score (271 - since bettered) and margin of victory, finished 9 shots ahead of runners-up Palmer and Gary Player. Jones did. The green jacket was barely on Woods’ shoulders when the focus shifted from Augusta to what lies ahead, specifically the win marks of Sam Snead (all-time PGA Tour titles) and Jack Nicklaus (professional major victories). Nicklaus holds the record for most sub-par rounds at 37. © 2020 DISCOVERY GOLF, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, Analyzing the likelihood that Tiger Woods breaks the win records of Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead, USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. He continued to stalk leaderboards at majors throughout his teenage years but didn't manage to actually win his first, the U.S. Open, until the age of 21. Mentioned above, Woods will be 46 years old at the end of that season, the same age Nicklaus was when he won his 18th major at the 1986 Masters. 1Defeated Rodríguez in 18-hole playoff; Nicklaus, (65), Rodríguez (69). Amateur at Merion (pictured above). Pressed for whether he’ll play the Houston Open the week before the Masters, Tiger Woods said he’ll make the decision soon. But it's not until you examine his stats more closely that you can gain a full appreciation for how dominant Nicklaus was for so long. Taylor is the Open record holder with 24). There is some virtue in a great athlete going out at the top, and Jones certainly did that, retiring immediately after winning the Grand Slam. The Golden Bear would have an encore in the ’80s, winning three more majors to bring his total to 18, a number as well known to golf enthusiasts as the batting average of .406 is to baseball lovers. As an adult, Charlie became a member at Scioto, and that's where he taught his son Jack to play golf. Nicklaus holds the record for most sub-par championships (72 holes) completed at seven. At the 1965 Masters, Nicklaus played the front nine in 12 under for the week, which is tied for the all … 1966 British Open: Beat runners-up Doug Sanders and Dave Thomas by one shot. When he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin he single-handedly crushed Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy. He won 10 of those times. But back to golf. With eight Champions Tour major championship victories, Nicklaus has won more than any other golfer. Yet the prediction does like Tiger to win at least one (76 percent), and at least two majors victories isn’t far behind (36.5 percent). Nicklaus had a record 16 top-five finishes. A day later, the PGA Tour released a video highlighting Woods’ pursuit of Snead’s record 82 tour wins. Nicklaus is the youngest two-time champion of this event. But Snead has never been the real target, with Jack and his 18 majors the true white whale. Nevertheless, it seems Snead and his record will soon be vanquished. (Although he never won the. If he does, it would be to the sport’s utter delight. As an example of how far his influence has reached into the future, consider that Jack Nicklaus's father, Charlie, was a 13-year-old watching from the gallery when Jones won the 1926 Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, OH. Conversely, Tiger does have two wins in his last seven official starts and eight top-10s in his last 14 appearances. Nicklaus holds the records for most Top 10s in the Masters (22), U.S. Open (18) and PGA Championship (15), plus he had 18 in the British Open ( J.H. You are using an unsupported version of Internet Explorer. CUT = missed the half-way cut 2) The simple fact that he quit is even more significant. It was rough'. Speaking of Weiskopf, he gave one of the great quotes about trying to win against Nicklaus in big tournaments down the stretch: Organized another way, here are Nicklaus' major wins listed by tournament: Nicklaus holds the record for most Masters wins. What makes Woods such a fascinating study—past, present, future—is also hell on projections. Even for the non-recency biased, production that's hard to ignore. Nicklaus has made 20 career holes-in-one in competition. Nicklaus holds the records for most Top 10s in the Masters (22), U.S. Open (18) and PGA Championship (15), plus he had 18 in the British Open (J.H. 2022: Augusta National, Trump Bedminster, The Country Club, Royal Liverpool. For his career, Nicklaus has 68 finishes of seventh or better at majors. At their best, both were nearly untouchable. Nicklaus was runner-up a record seven times. Given the extreme nervous strain that in part caused him to retire and the later tragic physical problems he developed, it is unlikely Jones would have reached anywhere near 50 major victories if he had continued playing. 83? Green background for wins. “You know, the next two majors are at Bethpage, where he’s won, and Pebble Beach, where he’s won. As expected, they are heavily focused on the majors, events in which Nicklaus' record is unmatched. And is Jack’s number, long thought safe following Tiger’s downfall, now in jeopardy? This is Part Three in a series in which I am comparing the great golfers of the past to Jack Nicklaus, who is generally acknowledged as the best golfer in history. In the above-referenced 20 major championships where Nicklaus either won (18) or finished in second place (2), he was a combined 30 strokes under par in final round scoring. 1971 PGA Championship: Won by two over Billy Casper. He finished T-6, also setting the record for lowest total score for a senior. This included winning three out of three British Opens. By using LiveAbout, you accept our, 1972 US Open: Nicklaus Wins At Pebble Beach, Arnold Palmer in the Majors: His Wins and Near-Misses, Top 10 Golfers of All-Time at the British Open. CUT = missed the half-way cut The closest he came to winning three majors in one year was 1972, when Nicklaus won the Masters and U.S. Open, then finished second in the British Open. Neither needed a breaking-in period when it came to majors. Clearly when it comes to the week-to-week grind of the Tour, Tiger has no equal. "T" indicates a tie for a place. He may yet silence all critics (myself included) who rank him a slim tissue thickness behind Jack with the work he does over the next decade. According to Riccio, Woods has a 13-percent chance of tying Nicklaus by the end of 2022. WD = withdrew RELATED: The best Jack Nicklaus golf courses. In 44 majors from 1970-1980 Nicklaus missed ONE cut. I think he will,’ ” Nicklaus told the Golf Channel. Nicklaus holds the record for the lowest 72-hole score for a player over 50 having shot a 5-under par 283 in 1998 at age 58. During that stretch of 20 Opens, Nicklaus finished outside the Top 5 only four times and was in the Top 4 15 times. When Tiger won the 1997 Masters his score of 270 broke by one shot the record that Jack had set in his 1965 rout. Nicklaus played 154 consecutive majors for which he was eligible, from the 1957 U.S. Open through the 1998 U.S. Open. It’s tricky comparing athletes from different generations. When he won a green jacket again in 1965 by nine shots over Palmer and Gary Player (the only time the Big Three would ever finish in the top three together in a major), he shaved three strokes off the scoring record of 274 set in 1953 by Hogan. From the 1970 Open Championship to the 1978 Open Championship, Nicklaus finished outside the top 10 just twice in majors. 7. There’s the battle between his age, and what that’s historically meant in the game, and how his fused back, a surgery made for improving Woods’ quality of life rather than his golf game, will hold up. He has a career winning percentage of 25 percent; Jack's winning percentage through the end of 1979 was 18 percent. 1964 PGA Championship: 3 behind Bobby Nichols. Crampton won 11 PGA Tour titles, but no majors—mostly because he was runner-up to Nicklaus four times. 13. Because I’m comparing majors by the specific number they were in each man’s career, I have compared the 1971 PGA, Nicklaus’ 37th major, with the 2006 Masters, Woods’ 37th major. He also had to deal with bigotry, segregation and poverty. It is my contention that Jack's place as the best golfer of all time is disputable. The golfers with the second-most Top 10s in majors— Sam Snead and Tom Watson—each had "only" 46 Top 10s. 10. It was set by, Nicklaus holds the record for lowest 72-hole score shot by an amateur at two-under par 282 in 1960. Nicklaus holds the record for most top-10 finishes with 15. Nicklaus' worst finish in the Open Championship between 1966 and 1980? Nicklaus is the only player to win the title in three different decades with his first in 1962 and fourth in 1980. Nicklaus won this event three times in his first five attempts as a professional. From the 1973 Masters to the 1976 Masters, Nicklaus had 13 straight top-10 finishes in majors. Hagen finished third at the US Open at the age of 43 and Vardon finished second in the US Open at the age of 50.Jones pretty much had one eight-year streak. Nicklaus is the oldest winner of the Masters at 46 years and 82 days when he won in 1986. Between 1971 and 1982, Nicklaus finished outside the top 10 just once in the U.S. Open. To say nothing of outside forces, like the growing list of formidable opponents, many of which Woods has influenced. The longtime CBS producer, hailed as the “father of televised golf,” was right, of course. Tiger passing Jack in this span is a bridge too far, according to the model, with just a 3.2 percent chance. While one can point to improvements in technique for the evolution of speed, one can also point to lighter, improved shoes, more aerodynamic clothes and better track conditions, to say nothing of the improvements in nutrition and the effect that has had on the size of athletes. Terms of Service At a Farmers Insurance Open or Andy Williams Classic as it was called decades ago or any other regular Tour event, Tiger would've beaten Jack like Jack beat Arnold. While Nicklaus won the British Open fewer times (3) than any of the other majors, in some ways his performance in the Open is most impressive. Instant access to the latest news, videos and photos from around the world of golf. 2Defeated Jacobs (2nd) & Brewer (3rd) in 18-hole playoff; Nicklaus (70), Jacobs (72), Brewer (78). 2020: Augusta National, TPC Harding Park, Winged Foot, Royal St. George's Nicklaus shot individual rounds of 67 or better a total of 14 times which equates to a combined 80-under par. You know, he’s got me shaking in my boots, guys.”. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a “You know, I really haven't thought about that yet,” Woods said on that historic Sunday. Jesse Owens faced more hurdles than the 3 ½-foot-tall barriers on a track. But that has never stopped golf fans from debating who is the greatest of all time. For the purposes of this argument, we will consider both events full majors and the equivalent of the PGA Championship and Master's Tournament of Nicklaus's era.Here is Jones' record in his majors:U.S. OpenEvents played.....11Events won.........4Second Place......4Top 5..................9Top 10................10 (he never finished out of the top 11)U.S. AmateurEvents played.....13Wins...................5Second place......2British OpenEvents played......4Wins..................3British AmateurEvents played.....3Wins...................1Second place.......1TotalEvents plays....29Wins...............13Jones' career major winning percentage was an astounding 44 percent, compared to 29 percent for Vardon, 25 percent for Hagen, and 16 percent for Nicklaus.
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