9 of the most impressive PGA Tour streaks
By T.J. Auclair
On a week in, week out basis, there are so many things that blow us away about what players on the PGA Tour are capable of.
With as talented as they all are -- the depth really is incredible -- we decided to take a look at some of the most impressive PGA Tour streaks.
Here's are nine streaks that really stood out to us.
MOST CONSECUTIVE BIRDIES: 9
Mark Calcavecchia set the standard for consecutive birdies when he made nine in a second round of 65 at Glen Abbey GC in the 2009 RBC Canadian Open. All nine of the birdies were on putts from 15 feet or closer, beginning on the 12th hole (he played the back nine first).
Calcavecchia would tie for eighth in the event. His nine straight birdies topped the previous mark of eight set by Bob Goalby in his 1961 St. Petersburg Open victory and matched by Fuzzy Zoeller (1976 Quad Cities Open), Dewey Arnette (1987 Buick Open), Edward Fryatt (2000 Doral-Ryder Open), J.P. Hayes (2002 Bob Hope Classic) and Jerry Kelly (2003 Las Vegas Invitational).
MOST CONSECUTIVE BIRDIES TO WIN: 7
With seven holes to go in the 2014 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, Kevin Streelman couldn't have known he was about to put on a historic blitz to win for the second time in his career.
Alas, that's what he did.
Beginning on the 12th hole, Streelman would birdie every hole back to the house -- seven in a row -- to fire a final round, 6-under 64 for a shocking one-stroke victory over K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia.
Talk about a late rally.
MOST CONSECUTIVE ROUNDS PAR OR BETTER: 52
Consistency is the key to playing great golf.
Can you even imagine playing 52 consecutive rounds at par or better? That's precisely what Tiger Woods did from the third round of the 2000 GTE Byron Nelson Classic through the first round of the 2001 Phoenix Open.
Over that stretch that ran 13 events, Woods won six times. Twelve of those 13 starts resulted in top-5 finishes, including the Phoenix Open -- T5 -- where the streak ended when Woods shot a 2-over 73 in the second round at TPC Scottsdale.
MOST CONSECUTIVE YEARS WINNING AT LEAST ONE TOURNAMENT: 17
One of the things that makes the "greats" great in golf is their longevity.
Arnold Palmer (1955-1971) and Jack Nicklaus (1962-1978) share the PGA Tour record for most consecutive years winning at least one tournament with a remarkable 17 apiece.
MOST CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES: 11
There's that saying that goes, "records were made to be broken."
File this one under, "record that will likely never be broken."
Over a five-month period from March 8-11, 1945, to August, 2-4, 1945, Lord Byron Nelson won an eye-popping 11 consecutive events.
Over the course of that entire season, Nelson tallied a record 18 victories in 35 starts. He finished second seven times.
CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AS WORLD NO. 1: 281
Tiger Woods holds both the record for consecutive weeks as world No. 1 (281) from June 12, 2005, to October 30, 2010, and overall weeks at world No. 1 (683).
Remarkably, Woods is also second on the list of consecutive weeks at world No. 1. He went 264 straight events at the top spot from August 15, 1999, to September 4, 2004.
MOST CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES IN SINGLE EVENT: 4
For most players, winning once on the PGA Tour is a dream come true. But what about winning four times, in the same event, in consecutive years?
That's something, isn't it?
Four players in history have accomplished this feat with one player -- Tiger Woods -- having done it on two occasions.
Here they are:
- Tom Morris, Jr., The Open Championship, 1868-70 (no event 1871), 1872
- Walter Hagen, PGA Championship, 1924-1927
- Gene Sarazen, Miami Open, 1927-1930
- Tiger Woods, Bay Hill Invitational, 2000-2003
- Tiger Woods, Buick Invitational, 2005-2008
MOST CONSECUTIVE TOP-10s (CAREER): 65
A player finishing inside the top 10 at a PGA Tour event has had a good week.
Now, imagine having 65 of those kinds of weeks in as many starts.
That's what record-holder Byron Nelson did between the 1942 Texas Open through the 1946 New Orleans Open. That's an astounding four years without finishing outside the top 10.
MOST CONSECUTIVE EVENTS WITHOUT MISSING CUT: 141
This is arguably the most underrated stat on the PGA Tour.
With the depth of fields, the number of players in the field (typically 144 or 156), you need to be on top of your game just to make the cut.
Starting with the 1998 Buick Invitational through the 2005 Wachovia Championship, Woods made the cut in a record 141 consecutive starts.
His streak -- 28 starts better than that of Byron Nelson's 113 -- came to an end when Woods missed the cut at the 2005 EDS Byron Nelson Championship.