Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan’s victory records have long been in Tiger Woods’ rear view, with 62 and 64 respectively. At 36 years old, Woods tied Jack Nicklaus’ all-time PGA Tour victory record at 73 with his win at the Memorial Tournament. The only man with more Tour victories than Woods is Sam Snead, with 82, and on the heels of his most recent win, the question begs to be asked: Will Tiger break Snead’s all-time victory record of 82 wins?
By JASON SOBEL
In the wake of Tiger Woods’ 73rd career PGA Tour victory, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of the pursuit and the significance of the end result. The way the game has been structured lately – in addition to today’s “What have you done for me lately?” era – each week’s winner is the greatest something or hottest something else. Wins can’t stand alone anymore; they always represent a gateway to greater success.
And yet, it’s impossible to witness Woods’ two-stroke victory at the Memorial Tournament and not believe more triumphs are coming. Many more, actually.
Whether he will ever be the same player who would routinely win six, eight, 10 tournaments in a year remains a subject for debate, but we can easily rule out the possibility of any lingering slump for the impending future.
Woods now needs 10 victories to surpass Sam Snead for the all-time PGA Tour victory record. Consider it a lock. Conservatively, that’s two wins a season for the next five seasons. Or, if you should be so bold, five wins a season for the next two seasons.
Whichever way you slice it, it’s not only reasonable, but justified to believe that Woods will own the record. It’s only a matter of time – and the only question remaining is: “How much time will it take?”
By RYAN BALLENGEE
Tiger Woods needs 10 wins to reach 83 career PGA Tour victories, which would put him ahead of Sam Snead for the all-time record.
In the end, Woods might come close, but he'll wind up just shy of Snead's mark.
While Jack Nicklaus had 14 wins after age 36, Nicklaus did not have the same kind of injury problems Woods has faced. Nicklaus was a healthy 36. Woods' knee feels healthy now – healthy enough for him to wear metal spikes again – but another bout with it is likely.
Throw in the inevitable fourth swing change and Woods will lose some time to that, too.
Woods has also spoken repeatedly about the joy his children give him. As they enter the most enjoyable years of their youth, Woods may scale back his schedule more to spend as much time with them as possible.
A mix of evolving priorities and an almost inescapable future bout with knee trouble leaves Woods unlikely to win 83 PGA Tour events.