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Woods & Nelson's cut streaks examined

When he reached 100 straight cuts on his way to breaking Byron Nelson's record, Tiger Woods said it was impossible to compare the two eras. The difference often cited is that Woods played in 31 tournaments that had no cut, such as the Tour Championship and World Golf Championships.

Take those away and his consecutive cut streak would have ended at 111 -- not 142 -- which seemingly would leave him two short of Nelson's mark of 113 in a row.

Nelson, however, also played tournaments that didn't have a cut.

During his streak from 1941 to the start of 1949, he played in at least 10 tournaments that had no cut. The PGA Championship was match play during those years, paying $85 for those losing in the first round. And the Masters didn't institute a 36-hole cut until 1957, long after Nelson retired.

Nelson also played the Miami Fourball four times during the streak, teaming with Harold McSpaden in match play. He also teamed with McSpaden in the Minneapolis Fourball and Inverness Fourball, although it was not clear whether either of those had cuts (in Nelson's era, making the cut meant getting a paycheck).

Eliminate those five PGAs and five Masters, and Nelson's cut streak would have been 103.

 

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