The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 on Wednesday night to pick up an NBA-record 73 wins. The Warriors had their eyes set on the mark all season, and they got it.
The previous mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls was long-considered basketball’s most “unbreakable” record, so the Warriors’ record-setting season got us thinking about “unbreakable” golf feats. There is Tiger’s crazy cut streak, Bobby Jones’ incredible season and Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships.
Here are seven golf records that are “unbreakable,” at least until they’re broken.
1. Bobby Jones’ calendar-year Grand Slam in 1930
It’s only been accomplished once, and it might not ever happen again. In 1930, amid the stock market crash, Jones completed the greatest year in golf ever, winning all four major tournaments in the calendar year. At that time, the Grand Slam consisted of the British Amateur, British Open, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. The closest any golfer has been to the mark since was in 1953, when Ben Hogan won the first three.
2. Tiger’s 15-stroke victory in a major
Tiger Woods didn’t even give the field at chance at the 2000 U.S. Open. Woods won the event by a ridiculous major-record 15 shots, two better than the one set by Old Tom Morris at the 1862 British Open.
3. Byron Nelson’s 11 consecutive wins in 1945
Winning one tournament is hard enough, but Byron Nelson won 11 consecutive PGA Tour events during the 1945 season. His 11th was a four-stroke romp at the Canadian Open. That incredible streak vaulted him to another “unbreakable” record…
4. Byron Nelson’s 18 wins in 1945
Byron Nelson finished his storied career by winning 54 Tour events, but an astounding 18 of them came during his epic 1945 season. And, oh yeah, he was the runner-up seven times that year, too.
5. Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major titles
His last major title was his 1986 Masters title at age 46. Tiger Woods, the closest to that mark, reached his 14th major at the U.S. Open in 2008, but he hasn’t been able to win another since.
6. Tiger’s cut streak
On Feb. 6, 1998, Tiger made the cut in the Buick Invitational and played on the weekend. He didn’t miss a cut for the next seven years. Woods went on to make 142 straight cuts until his streak ended on May 13, 2005, when he missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship.
7. Tiger’s better than the field steak
From August 1999 to November 2000, Woods beat the field’s average score in 89 consecutive PGA Tour rounds, which is about three-times the length of the next-best streak. Nothing measures consistency like this stat, and Woods was in a league of his own during this stretch.