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Not even you-know-who can match golf record for the ages

Tiger Woods made a valiant attempt last week to extend his winning streak to eight straight tournaments on the Professional Golfers Association Tour. But he fell out of contention in the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., when Australian Nick O'Hern outdueled him in a third-round match that went to a second extra hole. That cost Woods another opportunity to approach Byron Nelson's feat of winning 11 straight tournaments in 1945, an achievement that many observers believe will never be broken. More recent legends such as Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus couldn't do it. Even Woods came up short in four non-PGA Tour events outside the US along the way, causing some purists to call for an asterisk on his assault on the record. The pros with the longest winning streaks in tour history, with the number of consecutive tournaments each won:

Byron Nelson 11
Tiger Woods 7
Ben Hogan (tie) Tiger Woods 6
Byron Nelson (tie) Ben Hogan (tie) Jack Burke Jr. 4

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