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Is Tiger Woods the greatest golfer ever?
Mon, June 16, 2008

With a throbbing knee and a pounding heart, Tiger Woods made one last improbable escape Monday to win the U.S. Open in a 19-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate, his 14th career major and maybe the most amazing of them all.

One shot behind after a collapse no one saw coming, Woods birdied the 18th hole to force sudden death at Torrey Pines against a 45-year-old with a creaky back who simply wouldn't go away.
Full story: Tiger Woods wins U.S. Open

Is Tiger Woods the greatest-ever golfer?



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The best of his generation by quite a bit. Maybe of all time but we'll never know.

Comparing athletes (and golfers) from different generations is generally moot.

I would say Jordan was the greatest baller but a teenager would say Bryant and they were only 18 years apart.
Trev, 2008-06-18 07:32:05

I don't know about Tiger Woods being the greatest golfer of all time. His greatest skill is how easily he gets the ball out of poor lies. When most golfers hit drives into the rough or other difficult situations, the best result that they can hope for on that hole, is a bogey. This guy not only gets out of the situation cleanly but, he gets birdies and eagles out of them! Incredible!

I saw Nicklaus, and Palmer and Trevino and Tom Watson play. They did not do what Tiger does. Palmer was great at Driving. Nicklaus was great at Putting. Tiger excels at all of these.

I can't say that any of these golfers are better than the other. I just enjoyed watching all of them play. The 2008 US Open is possibly the greatest Major Open competition that I have ever seen. Rocco Mediate deserves plenty of credit as well, for making us sit at the edge of our seats for the entire competition. There should have been two winners of the US Open this year.


Vince in Ottawa, 2008-06-17 20:13:41

yes
garey johnson, 2008-06-17 16:20:55

I'll start with a rhetorical question, "Why is it that the least articulate people are the most likely to respond?" I'm talking to you Pete. "Your an idiot"!? The most basic of grammar rules - "You are" as a contraction is written "You're" (and that's not the only mistake).

Now on to the debate. This is a most ridiculous debate. Let's begin with a establishing the criteria and then answer the question. If the best golfer of all time is the one with the most wins - it's Snead. If the best golfer of all time is the one with the most majors, it's Jack. If I were asked to answer the question, "Jack in his prime vs. Tiger in his prime vs. Hogan or Jones in their prime." Tiger is the clear winner and therefore in my view "The best golfer of all time". Having said that, I have never seen Jones or Hagan or Moe Norman golf. This is as ridiculous a debate as the greatest hockey player of all time.

Even with the numbers - equipment is different, the courses are different, pay is different. Who practiced more, Jones or Woods. Jones earned a degree and practiced law while winning majors... does that count for anything?

Shut this debate down and enjoy watching history!
B - Lo, 2008-06-17 15:22:55

Hey Billy Bob, never judge a man unless you walk a mile in his shoes. Quite literally true in this case. How do you know how much pain either player was in during the round. Perhaps a lesser man than Tiger would not even be able to walk. Such an ignorant comment.

By the way, Arnie isn't even top 5 if you ask me. Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and of course Tiger were/are better.

I am confident that when Tiger retires there will be no arguement he is best we have ever seen. Snead's record of 82 PGA wins will be crushed (Tiger is at 65 already) and Jack's 18 majors likely to fall as well given Tiger is on pace to hit 18 with in 3-4 years.
John, 2008-06-17 15:17:43

It has nothing to do with the knee or the # of majors or other tournaments won. He flat out has the best long & short game we've ever seen in any one player. That being said, his antics and mood swings on the course would have any other person committed to the nuthouse. If it weren't for that i'd actually enjoy watching history in the making.
BP, 2008-06-17 15:06:13

To me he is the greatest golfer, I only watched him play besides Phil M. When he was with his knee surgery I waited for him to come on golf tourney's so finally he came on, last wekk and that's was awesome, I asked my hubby if Tiger is on yet n he'd say not yet, I would wait n wait n wait for him to come on so finally he comes on, I would sit in front of my tv and watch him play, he's the best!
Darlene, 2008-06-17 13:32:12

Heres a link to a letter the NHL put out to tiger: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=gallo/080604

So true!!!
Flint, 2008-06-17 13:20:35

Well he probably is the best golfer of the time but he is an idiot...I do not watch much golf, too dam boring, even the announcers have to whisper - highlights are more than enough for me - and I do not trash the sport like he did with hockey...

Poor Tiger had to take 2 months off for a scope and now he is fighting heroically through pain when playing, thats what some US reporter said the other night...Wow, heroically?? Really?? Tiger is the furthest thing from a hero, its not like he is risking his life to drive a ball...He is more of a wimp then any sports athlete I have ever seen, getting sookey on the course when some fans cheer too loudly and getting them to be quiet or be removed, grow up tiger, cheering and jeering is part of the game...Whats wrong, your not professional enough to handle the pressure...

Tiger, get a set of balls and play through a bit of pain like a hockey player...All your doing is walking/riding up a course and every now and then you get out and hit a ball, you do not even bring your own clubs with you - you gotta get someone to do it for you!!!

Get a grip tiger and watch a real mans sport!!!
Flint, 2008-06-17 13:12:52

Tiger Woods is NOT the best golfer ever, not even close. He is by far the best golfer of his generation though. You cannot compare him to the greats of yester year becasue the equipment, courses and lifetsyle were so much different than they are now. You also cannot compare them to him for those reasons. He is a modern athlete whose life is dedicated 100% to his sport. That was not the case for many of the legends of golf who often had other jobs becasue even winning a tournament didn't pay all of the bills. The sport has such a rich history that I think ther is no "greatest ever", simply greatest of their generation. Also, without the par 5's, Tiger wouldn't even have come close to winning this US Open, let alone half of his tournaments. He was -9 under on the 5's and +8 over for the rest of the course.
Shayne, 2008-06-17 12:36:44

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