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In a tournament that Jack Nicklaus hosts and on a course that he designed, Tiger Woods won his 73rd PGA tournament yesterday at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, tying him with Nicklaus for second on the all-time wins list. (They trail Sam Snead who had 82 victories.)
Woods shot a five-under-par 67 to win by two shots over Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero. For Sabbatini, it was the second time in his career that he finished second to Tiger in a tournament. For Romero, he becomes the 70th golfer to finish second (or tied for second) to Tiger in a PGA event.
Ernie Els has finished in second place to Tiger in five tournaments, most of any competitor.
Here’s a look at the players who have finished second or tied for second to Tiger in his 73 wins on the tour.
Second-place finishes, Golfers
5: Ernie Els
4: Davis Love, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk
3: Chris DiMarco, Stewart Cink
2. Tom Lehman, Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Retief Goosen, David Toms, Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini
Did you know? Els and DiMarco aare the only two golfers to finish second to Tiger in two majors events.
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