What would Tiger Woods' handicap index be?

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Tiger Woods has the lowest handicap of any tour pro.

Technically, Tiger Woods hasn’t had an official handicap since he was 20 and playing off +8.

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But using the ‘old’ USGA method where the best 10 of 20 scores count for handicapping purposes (the new World Handicap System will use the best eight of 20), Lou Stagner, of Decade Golf, spent his lockdown calculating a differential for every round Tiger has ever played as a pro.

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He then kept a running tally of what Tiger’s index would have been had he submitted his scores for handicap.


How Tiger Woods' handicap index has changed

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As the table above shows, Tiger’s average index, from 1996 through to the present day, is +6.7 which is lower than any other pro’s average between 2016 and 2020 on the PGA Tour.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka are tied at the top of that list with a +6.5 index, while Rory’s is +6.0.

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2008 was Tiger Woods' best handicap year

Tiger’s current index stands at +6.5, but his best season was in 2008 when he won four times in six events and his average index was +8.8. Not even winning nine PGA Tour titles, including three Majors, in 2000 could beat that!

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