In fact, don’t call it a comeback. Considering one of the most perplexing statistics in sports is that the man considered the greatest golfer ever, Tiger Woods, has played in 47 major tournaments and never come from behind to win. He’s trying to change that going into today’s final round of the British Open (where he trails by two shots). He’s about to start his final round.
A couple more facts about Woods and his dominance:
- 78 PGA tour wins (second all-time)
- Lowest career score average in PGA history
- Most career earnings in PGA history
- The only player to win all four major championships in a row
- His 14 majors are second of all time
- He’s 14-1 in majors when going into the last round with a lead
- Wins in 27.1 percent of his professional starts on the PGA
Of all the incredible accomplishments about Woods, that last stat is an eye-opener: For every four starts in a PGA tournament, Tiger Woods comes out the winner.
So can Woods accomplish a first today and win from behind? We don’t see why not, considering the likes of Ernie Els, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington (twice) and Ben Curtis have all done it in the British Open during the past 10 years.
That’s four golfers over the past decade — four guys who you won’t hear in the conversation of best golfer ever — putting their best effort forward and showing grit during major crunch time.
If Woods really wants to be seen as the best golfer of all time, at some point he’s going to have to be the comeback kid.
He might as well start today.
We’ll keep you updated as the day goes on.