Wire-to-wire is a term used in competitive events and sports for a champion who maintained the lead during an entire competition. The term originated from horse racing where a wire would stretch across the start and finish line thus the euphemism describes a horse that lead from wire to wire or start to finish.[1] [2] The term is most commonly associated with golf referencing a player who wins a title while holding the lowest aggregate score at the close of each round.[3][4][5]

Horse racingEdit

Since 1875 the Kentucky Derby has only had 23 winners complete a wire-to-wire run with Authentic completing this feat in 2020.[1][6]


Since 1934 the Masters Tournament has only had 5 winners complete a wire-to-wire tournament, those players being Craig Wood in 1941, Arnold Palmer in 1960, Jack Nicklaus in 1972, Raymond Floyd in 1976 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.[1]

Major League BaseballEdit

Only five teams have completed wire-to-wire seasons in the Major Baseball League, occupying top position of the standings for every day of their season and winning the World Series, with those teams being the 1927 New York Yankees, 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1990 Cincinnati Reds and the 2005 Chicago White Sox.[1]

Australian footballEdit

Only seven teams have completed a wire-to-wire premiership season in the Australian Football League (formerly called the Victorian Football League from 1897 to 1989): Fitzroy in 1904, Collingwood in 1915, Essendon in 1923 and 2000, Geelong in 1953, West Coast in 1991, and Port Adelaide in 2020.[7][8]


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  2. ^ Oser, Christine (June 27, 2020). "Mean Mary Extends Win Streak in New York Stakes". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Ferguson, Doug (April 10, 2016). "Danny Willett wins Masters after Jordan Spieth's shocking stumble". PGA of America. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Ferguson, Doug (March 20, 2016). "Day closes out wire-to-wire victory at Bay Hill". Golf Channel. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Park, Do-Hyoung (April 6, 2016). "Women's golf leads from wire to wire in dominant Silverado Showdown showing". Stanford Daily. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Authentic stuns Tiz the Law in wire-to-wire Kentucky Derby win". ABC News. September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (September 14, 2020). "Rucci's Monday Review: History in the making". Port Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Laughton, Max (September 21, 2020). "Port Adelaide go wire-to-wire and finish on top for first time since 2004... when they won the flag". Fox Sports. Retrieved September 21, 2020.