BETHESDA, MD. (AP) - In a rush to announce a milestone for Tiger Woods _ not that his record needs any embellishment _ the PGA Tour revealed that the AT&T National was the 100th professional win of his career.
Woods took to Twitter and said he found that to be “pretty cool.”
It’s also a little complicated.
Woods moved past Jack Nicklaus into second place on the PGA Tour’s career list of official wins at 74. Nicklaus, however, is credited with two wins at the National Four-ball Championship, a better-ball competition at Laurel Valley in 1970 and 1971 with none other than Arnold Palmer as his partner.
Sam Snead holds the PGA Tour record with 82 wins. For years, he was listed at 81 until the PGA Tour finally decided to recognize the British Open (also known as the oldest championship in golf) that Snead won in 1946 on the Old Course at St. Andrews (also known as the home of golf). Snead also is credited with four official wins in the Inverness International Four-Ball, which he won with Vic Ghezzi, Ralph Guldahl and twice with Jim Ferrier; and the Miami Biltmore International Four-Ball that he won with Guldahl.
And get this _ he is credited with winning the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in 1950, which was a tie among Snead, Dave Douglas, Jack Burke Jr. and Smiley Quick.
By counting two wins from one tournament (1999 World Cup). By counting seven wins from the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole exhibition for major champions. And by counting a World Cup with David Duval that featured alternate shot for two of the rounds.
The most peculiar decision is the World Cup. Before the PGA Tour took it over and tried making it a World Golf Championship, it was stroke play in which both scores counted. Woods was medalist in 1999 in Malaysia (one win), and he and O’Meara won the team total (another win). Woods and Duval won the next year in Argentina when it was truly a team format.
But then, why stop at the World Cup?
Woods played on one winning Ryder Cup team in 1999 at The Country Club. He picked up five more wins in the Presidents Cup. That doesn’t include the famous tie in South Africa in 2003, so you might as well include it. After all, the Americans were the defending champions, and Snead was able to count a tie for one of his wins.
Besides, Woods considered it a win. When he won the Australian Masters six years later for his first trophy from Down Under, he said he was proud to have won on every continent where golf is played.
“I haven’t played the Antarctica Four-Ball yet,” he said. “But to have won on every playable continent, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. And now I’ve done that.”
Anyway, to keep track of wins outside the parameters of a home tour can get a little messy.