Tiger Woods almost won for the 80th time in his PGA Tour career at the Valspar Championship near Tampa, a tournament which he had never played in and contested on a course he hadn’t seen in 22 years. He finished tied for second with Patrick Reed, a shot behind winner Paul Casey, who ended an eight-year winless drought on the PGA Tour with his victory at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course.
While Woods’ latest comeback now appears to clearly portend an inevitable win, Tiger Woods still hasn’t won on the PGA Tour in a long, long time. In fact, the last time Tiger Woods won on the PGA Tour was in the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Woods won by seven shots on Aug. 4, 2013, over Keegan Bradley.
So, it hasn’t quite been five years since Woods last won on the PGA Tour. However, when he plays in the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational seeking a ninth win in that event at Bay Hill, Woods won’t be able to win until Sunday of course (maybe Monday, God forbid). So, if Tiger Woods wins on Sunday at Bay Hill, he will have gone 1,687 days between PGA Tour wins.
Here’s where your mind is about to be blown.
When Phil Mickelson ended his nearly five-year winless drought on the PGA Tour with a win at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship, he had gone, yes, 1,687 days between wins.
Per our @JustinRayGC, Phil Mickelson's win drought lasted 1,687 days.
Sunday at Bay Hill will be 1,687 days since Tiger Woods' last victory. pic.twitter.com/Mo4CZ4C1fV
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) March 11, 2018
And that’s because Phil Mickelson’s last PGA Tour win before winning at Club de Golf Chapultepec was in the 2013 British Open Championship at Muirfield in Scotland. He won that two weeks prior to the WGC-Bridgestone Championship that year.
How nuts would that be?