Even though Tiger Woods is outside the World Golf Rankings Top-1,000, he still provided some great moments at the World Golf Championships during his hay day. In fact, he won nearly a quarter of his career victories at these events.
An 18-time victor of WGC events, Woods was the inaugural winner of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational’s event in 1999. Woods had a neck-and-neck finish with Phil Mickelson, coming down to the final hole. Woods would end up two-putting from 60-feet out to seal the win.
1999 was one of the best we have seen from Woods, he won eight times that year with one major victory coming at the PGA Championship. 1999 was the year prior to Tiger’s most historic run in 2000 when he completed three legs of the “Tiger Slam”. Woods won the US Open, Open Championship, and PGA championship that season before winning the 2001 Masters to complete the Career Grand Slam.
More recently, Woods dazzled us in 2013 when he went on the hunt for 59 at the WGC Bridgestone.
During his professional career, Tiger had shot 61 just three other times prior to the 2013 WGC Bridgestone. The others were the 2005 Buick Open, the 2000 WGC NEC Invitational, and the 1999 Bryon Nelson Classic.
Between 1999 through 2009, Woods has shot a combined 82-under par at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. This is 49 shots better than anyone in that span. Also during that time, Tiger has earned just over $11 million in those tournament victories, which is six times the amount of Arnold Palmer’s career earnings.
Another fun fact, between 1999-2008 Woods won 15 of 27 WGC events he played in, that is a 56 percent winning percentage. Least we remind you that these victories were against the top players in that era.
The WGC Bridgestone and other WGC events are just a step below major championships when it comes to the field and difficulty of the course. Woods’ dominance in these events should not be overlooked, in fact the record of 18 victories in these events will probably never be broken.