6. Muirfield Village GC
Record Since 1997: 5 wins in 17 starts (most wins in tournament history)
Woods owns the only ‘three-peat’ in Memorial Tournament history, winning in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He won those three by a combined 14 strokes. Only twice since 1970 has a player won the same event three consecutive years by a greater combined margin. Johnny Miller won the Tucson Open from 1974-76 by a combined 15 strokes. Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard in 2001-03 by 16 shots.
Woods was a combined 51 under par at Muirfield Village from 1999-2001. That was 27 strokes better than any other player (Paul Azinger was second at -24). Despite finishing in the top-10 just twice in the last 10 years, Woods ranks second in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green per round in this tournament in that stretch. On a course that tests a player’s iron play as thoroughly as Muirfield Village, it’s fitting that one of the best approach players in history has had remarkable success.
5. Cog Hill G&CC
Record Since 1997: 5 wins in 12 starts, +3.31 Strokes Gained per round
This Chicago-area gem last hosted the BMW Championship in 2011, but from 1997 to 2009 Woods picked off five victories here. His career Strokes Gained per round at this course is a staggering 3.31, nearly a half-stroke better than any of the other five venues in this exercise. All five of Woods’ wins at Cog Hill were by multiple strokes, and he shot a course-record 62 here in 2009 en route to an eight-stroke victory.
4. Augusta National GC
Record Since 1997: 5 wins in 20 starts, all-time scoring average leader (min. 25 rounds)
The site of an historic 12-stroke victory in 1997, Woods’ brilliance at Augusta National has stretched for nearly a quarter century. He has the best scoring average in tournament history among players with at least 25 rounds. Only Ben Hogan and Jordan Spieth have averaged more Strokes Gained per round at Augusta National than Woods. And since 1997, Woods’ combined score to par of 112 under par is 46 strokes better than any other player. That 81st career PGA TOUR title there last season was pretty good, too.
3. Firestone GC
Record Since 1997: 8 wins in 15 starts, 4 wins by 4 strokes or more
From 1999 through 2009, Woods was incomprehensibly good at Firestone. During that span, he led following 40% of the rounds he played. He had more wins in that stretch (seven) than rounds spent outside the top 10 (two). Three of his eight victories at Firestone were by seven strokes or more. No one else won that tournament more than once since 1999.
2. Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Record Since 1997: 8 wins in 17 starts, led after 32% of career rounds played
Woods was perfect at Bay Hill from 2000 through 2003, winning The King’s event four consecutive years. In doing so, he became the first player to win any PGA TOUR event four years in a row since Gene Sarazen won his fourth Miami Open in a row in 1930. Woods was 121 under par in the Arnold Palmer Invitational from 1997 to 2013, an insane 72 shots better than anybody else in that span.
1. Torrey Pines (South)
Record Since 1997: 8 wins in 15 starts, 2.86 strokes gained total per round
Several courses can vie for the title, but perhaps no single venue will be most tied with Woods’ PGA TOUR success than Torrey Pines. He’s won two different golf tournaments here – seven Farmers Insurance Opens, and of course, the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods was an inconceivable 173 under par at the Farmers from 1998 through 2013, 80 strokes better than the next-best player in that 16-year stretch. Over the last three decades, Woods leads all players in the event in scoring, birdie average, rounds led and rounds of 66 or lower.
Expect anything different?
Source: PGA tour