PGA Tour Milestones That Could Happen in 2011

There are several significant milestones that can be reached in the PGA tour in 2011.

Tiger Woods’ 74th PGA Victory – Tiger currently stands at 71 PGA tour victories, good for third place of all-time. Two more wins would give him 73 on his career, tying him with the legendary Jack Nicklaus, and three victories in 2011 would give Woods the number two spot all to himself. Despite his down 2009 season, given the way Tiger’s racked up victories in the past, it’s easy to think he could pass up Nicklaus this year. Sam Snead holds the number one spot with 82 career PGA wins. While 11 wins is probably too much to ask for this season, a solid 2011 might give Woods a shot at Snead’s record in 2012.

Martin Kaymer 10th Career European Tour Victory – Kaymer has quickly turned into one of the world’s best golfers and he already has nine total victories on the European Tour. He recently surpassed Tiger Woods for the number two spot in the world golf rankings and already has a 2011 victory to his name. Kaymer won four times on the tour last season and winning once more this season appears imminent. Winning his tenth European tournament would already vault him into the top 25 all-time on that tour.

Phil Mickelson’s 39th PGA Victory – With 38 career wins, Lefty is only one win behind Gene Sarazen’s and Tom Watson’s 39. Both Sarazen and Watson are in the top ten for career PGA wins and one more victory by Mickelson would place him into the top ten on the all-time list. For Mickelson, there’s a good chance that his 39th win will come this season and it’s more a matter of when, not if.

Phil Mickelson’s 5th Major Victory – Mickelson can knock out another milestone at the same time if he manages to win a major. Another major victory would give Mickelson five for his career, something accomplished by only 18 others.

Miguel Angel Jimenez 20th Career European Tour Victory – With 18 wins, Jimenez has been one of the most successful golfers on the European Tour. Only two more victories, and he will move into the top ten on that tour’s all-time list. Jimenez appeared to be slowing down, but with three 2010 tour wins, two this season certainly isn’t out of the question.

Tiger Woods: Most Wins In A Single Tournament – If Tiger plays in this year’s WGC Bridgestone Classic, he’ll have the chance to tie one of golf’s longest-standing records. Woods has won the event seven times and if he can win his 8th in 2011, he’ll tie Sam Snead’s record for winning the same tournament eight times. From 1938 – 1965, Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open in eight of those years and his record has stood ever since.