Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well, for Tiger Woods and his fans, I’m sure it’s hard to believe that The PLAYERS Championship this week will be the 300th start of Woods’ illustrious PGA Tour career. The crazy thing is that he has yet to even come close to hanging up his spikes. Who knows how many more times he will tee it up in front of throngs of adoring fans (as well as those that love to root against him)?
Even though 300 events is quite a lot of golf to play in one’s career, it seems like Woods has been around forever and has played in significantly more tournaments than that. I guess that’s what happens when you are thrust into the world spotlight at such a young age and remain there for the entirety of your career. Let’s not forget that Woods won his first major championship at the 1997 Masters. Yep, that was way back in 1997 – when he was just 22 years old.
Obviously, Woods has had an incredible career. Earlier this year, he racked up his 77th career victory. That means that coming into this week he has won an incredible 25.75% of the events that he has entered. Yes, for all you math guru’s out there, Woods has been victorious in one-quarter of his starts. Go ahead, take a few moments and let the magnitude of that number really sink in.
His career has endured through excellence on the course as well as trying times both personally and professionally. He’s changed his swing several times over the course of his career but has always been competitive. The one thing that has remained constant, even in the midst of long droughts without a win, is that every time Tiger Woods steps on the golf course he has a chance to win.