How Many Wins Does Tiger Woods Have on the European Tour?

by Joe Dorish about a month ago in culture

This List Shows How Great a Golfer Tiger Woods Really Is

How Many Wins Does Tiger Woods Have on the European Tour?

Without any doubt, the European Tour is the second best golf tour in the world trailing only the PGA Tour. Going into the 2021 Ryder Cup, the European players actually have a 11-8 advantage in wins over American players.

One cannot argue that the European Tour is better than the PGA Tour, though, since the best players in Europe always matriculate to playing on the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour offers far better prize money for the players than the European Tour does including the whopping $15 million payout to the annual winner of the Fed Ex Cup.

The European Tour has a similar bonus system to the Fed Ex Cup called the Race to Dubai. The winner of the Race to Dubai season long competition, Jon Rahm from Spain, earned a $2 million bonus in 2019. That is a very far cry from the $15 million that Dustin Johnson earned winning the 2020 Fed Ex Cup.

Looking at the career wins on the European Tour for Tiger Woods once again points out just how great a golfer he is. In addition to having the 2nd most wins on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods has the 3rd most career wins on the European Tour. How many wins is that?

How Many Wins Does Tiger Woods Have on the European Tour?

  • 41

Tiger Woods 41 career wins on the European Tour is the 3rd most trailing only Seve Ballesteros (50 wins) and Bernhard Langer (42). Since Bernhard Langer is 18 years older than Tiger Woods it's unlikely he will ever win another European Tour event so it's not impossible that Tiger Woods could surpass Langer for 2nd place all-time.

The main reason Tiger Woods has 41 career wins on the European Tour is because all the golf majors and all the WGC (World Golf Championship) tournaments are co-sanctioned by both the PGA and European Tours.

Tiger Woods has 15 wins in the golf majors and has 18 wins in WGC events. All of those 33 wins count on both the PGA and European Tours. Tiger Woods has also won eight other tournaments on the European Tour as follows.

1998 Johnnie Walker Classic

1999 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe

2000 Johnnie Walker Classic

2001 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe

2002 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe

2006 Dubai Desert Classic

2008 Dubai Desert Classic

2009 JBWere Masters

Add up all those wins and you get 41. The 41 wins on the European Tour, good for 3rd best all-time, are another reminder of just how great a golfer Tiger Woods is.

For comparison purposes, Phil Mickelson has just 10 wins on the European Tour (five in golf majors and four in World Golf events plus one Scottish Open win). Phil Mickelson has 44 career wins on the PGA Tour a little more than half of what Tiger Woods has at 82.

Jack Nicklaus cannot really be used as a comparison here. Nicklaus officially has nine career wins on the European Tour. But that is misleading because the European Tour did not start until 1972. Nicklaus won 18 golf majors but many of his golf major wins were before the European Tour was established in 1972. All his golf major wins would count today.

Plus, Jack Nicklaus played before the co-sanctioned World Golf events were played. Since Nicklaus won 79 times on the PGA Tour, one has to believe he would have won many co-sanctioned WGC events had they been played in his lifetime.

For his career, Jack Nicklaus did win overseas a few times. He won four times in Australia, including three Australian Open wins. He also won 19 other times with many of those wins coming in events like the World Series of Golf and the World Cup of Golf.

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