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A Conversation with Golf Great Arnold Palmer

Athlon Sits Down With Golf's Elder Statesman

There have been better players with prettier swings. But there has never been a more important golfer than The King, Arnold Palmer. He almost single-handedly quadrupled purses, grew the game beyond the country clubs and brought it into our living rooms, and assembled an Army of devoted followers. He won — and lost — with more flair than any other athlete.

Golf's Mt. Rushmore

Who would make the list for golf's ultimate foursome?
<p> Who would make the list for professional golf's ultimate foursome?</p>

All this talk about the Mt. Rushmore of this and the Mt. Rushmore of that reminded me that the concept works better for golf than any other sport, since golfers naturally organize themselves in groups of four. So who comprises golf's ultimate foursome?

In completing my list, I used two primary criteria: achievement and impact. Who won important golf tournaments, and who transcended the game while doing so?

Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus: Tale of the Tape

Woods Has Work to Do in Majors, but He's Still Far Ahead in Wins
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<p> A Comparison of Woods and Nicklaus at age 38</p>
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Jack NicklausTiger Woods makes his 2014 season debut at the Farmers Insurance Open at a course he loves, Torrey Pines. At this point in Tiger's career, every non-major tournament is merely a step toward his goal of peaking for the majors. You've heard this before, but this is a critical season in Woods' pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major championship wins.

Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus: Tale of the Tape (Updated)

Woods Has Work to Do in Majors, but He's Far Ahead in Wins
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<p> A Comparison of Woods and Nicklaus through 300 starts</p>
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Through last month's Masters, the 37-year-old Tiger Woods has 14 wins in 63 major championship starts as a professional; through the 1977 Masters, the 37-year-old Nicklaus had 14 wins in 61 major championship starts as a professional.

That's some amazing career symmetry right there, but it seems appropriate, given that Tiger came out of the gate with Nicklaus' major championship record as his ultimate target.

The Greatest Shots in Masters History

7 Epic Moments from Golf's Greatest Tournament
<p> 7 Epic Moments from Golf's Greatest Tournament</p>

We don’t have footage of Gene Sarazen’s famous double eagle from 1935, but on Masters Sunday 2012, we saw something just as good and just as rare — Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle, the first at the par-5 second hole in Masters history. Later, Bubba Watson joined our countdown with his stunning recovery shot from the pine straw in the playoff. Here are our choices for the seven greatest shots in Masters history.

Golf's Mount Rushmore

Who would make the list for professional golf's ultimate foursome?
<p> Who would make the list for professional golf's ultimate foursome?</p>

As my colleague Charlie Miller has continued to unveil his elite quartets for each major league baseball franchise, it got me to thinking: Who is on golf’s Mount Rushmore?

Arnold Palmer received the Congressional Gold Medal this week as that body's "highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions." Arnie is clearly one member of this elite foursome, as is Jack Nicklaus, who was also on hand for the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Is Rory McIlroy the Greatest 23-Year-Old Golfer in History?

Comparing Rory, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus Through Age 23
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After back-to-back wins at the Deutsche Bank and BMW Championships, 23-year-old Rory McIlroy is closing in on a FedExCup title. The accompanying $10 million would buy world-class WAG Caroline Wozniacki a lot of bling, but I'm more concerned about Rory's place in history should he close the deal at the Tour Championship next week.

The question before us: Is McIlroy the greatest 23-year-old golfer in history? There are only three clear candidates — Rory, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus — so let's take them one by one and let their numbers speak for themselves.

 

Rory McIlroy's Winning Moments from the PGA Championship

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