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Major Championships - Jack Nicklaus v. Tiger Woods

It's the biggest question in golf. Will Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 professional major championship victories? Make that 20 majors, if you include the US Amateur, of which Tiger has three to Jack's two, meaning that he is only 4 pro wins - or 3 overall - behind.

Nicklaus' 18 victories spanned 24 years; Tiger has only 11 years between his first and his most recent, 14th win, but 16 years to date now (in 2013) since the runaway 12 shot triumph in his first major as a professional at the 1997 Masters. Nicklaus' first professional major win came in his second major.

Both had played in the professional majors before turning pro; Tiger seven times and Jack nine times. So Tiger's first pro major came in his 8th attempt; for Jack it was his 11th.

Their professional major wins:

No
Year
Event
Venue
Year
Event
Venue
Jack Nicklaus
Tiger Woods
18
1986 Masters (6) Augusta
17
1980 PGA (5) Oak Hill
16
1980 US Open (4) Baltusrol
15
1978 Open (3) St Andrews
14
1975 PGA (4) Firestone 2008 US Open (3) Torrey Pines
13
1975 Masters (5) Augusta 2007 PGA (4) Southern Hills
12
1973 PGA (3) Canterbury 2006 PGA (3) Medinah
11
1972 US Open (3) Pebble Beach 2006 Open (3) Hoylake
10
1972 Masters (4) Augusta 2005 Open (2) St Andrews
9
1971 PGA (2) PGA National 2005 Masters (4) Augusta
8
1970 Open (2) St Andrews 2002 US Open (2) Bethpage Black
7
1967 US Open (2) Baltusrol 2002 Masters (3) Augusta
6
1966 Open (1) Muirfield 2001 Masters (2) Augusta
5
1966 Masters (3) Augusta 2000 PGA (2) Valhalla
4
1965 Masters (2) Augusta 2000 Open (1) St Andrews
3
1963 PGA (1) Dallas Athletic 2000 US Open (1) Pebble Beach
2
1963 Masters (1) Augusta 1999 PGA (1) Medinah
1
1962 US Open (1) Oakmont 1997 Masters (1) Augusta

Both men also won US Amateur Championships:

No.
Year
Event
Venue
Year
Event
Venue
Jack Nicklaus
Tiger Woods
3
    1996 US Amateur Pumpkin Ridge
2
1961 US Amateur Pebble Beach 1995 US Amateur Newport
1
1959 US Amateur Broadmoor 1994 US Amateur TPC Sawgrass

 






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