Tiger Well Aware of Nelsons Streak of 11


2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNORTON, Mass. -- He knows how many majors Jack Nicklaus won, Sam Snead's record for total victories and, yes, Tiger Woods knows all about Byron Nelson's 11-tournament winning streak, too.
'It wasn't just 11. It was 11 in a row, 12 out of 13, 18 for the year,' Woods said, rattling off the details in rapid fire. 'That will work.'
Woods won his fifth consecutive tournament on Monday, shooting an 8-under 63 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to beat Vijay Singh by two strokes. With his 53rd career victory, Woods moved past Nelson into fifth on the all-time list.
But he still has some work to do to top Nelson's record-setting streak from 1945.
'In this day and age, with this competition, to win 11 in a row would be almost unheard of,' Woods said when asked how Nelson's accomplishment compared with others, like Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. 'What Byron accomplished, that goes down as one of the great years in the history of our sport. ... DiMaggio's record, I see that being broken more than winning 11 in a row.'
Woods' streak began with the British Open -- his first victory after his father died. Now, he's almost halfway to Lord Byron's mark, matching the best final round of his career to finish at 16-under 268 and win for the seventh time this year.
No other player has won more than twice.
Woods won six straight at the end of 1999 and the start of 2000, and Ben Hogan won six in a row in 1948. Woods plans a week off before heading to England for the HSBC World Match Play Championship, followed by the Ryder Cup.
His next PGA Tour start will be the American Express Championship outside London at the end of September.
Is 11 within reach?
'If a lot of guys pull out,' Woods said with a laugh.
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