Tiger Woods

20 Greatest Golfers of All Time (Updated)

Athlon Counts down the best in the game's history
<p> Athlon Counts Down the Best in the Game's History</p>

He hadn't struck a meaningful shot in many years — aside from the ceremonial tee shots that launched each Masters — but Arnold Palmer remained the world's most important golfer until the day he died, and his legacy will live on as long as there's televised golf. In fact, were it not for Palmer, you wouldn't be reading this list, and golf would still be struggling to gain a foothold on the American sports landscape.

 

The 7 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.

 

Is Rory McIlroy the New Tiger Woods?

At age 25, Rory Stacks Up Favorably to the Game's Former King
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<p> Is Rory McIlroy the new Tiger Woods?</p>

Jack Nicklaus once said of Tiger Woods that he "could win as many Masters as Arnold (Palmer) and me combined." That's 10 green jackets, if you're counting.

 

Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus: The Tale of the Tape

Tiger Resumes His Pursuit of the Golden Bear at the British Open
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<p> A Comparison of Woods and Nicklaus at Age 38</p>
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Tiger Woods came out of the gate with Jack Nicklaus' major championship record as his ultimate target. That number — 18 career major championship wins — seemed utterly out of reach, until Tiger started winning majors with alarming regularity.

 

The 7 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.

Tiger Woods To Miss The Masters Following Back Surgery

Athlon Presents a Visual Breakdown of Tiger's Injury History
<p> Tiger Woods' Injury History: A Visual Breakdown</p>
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Even while winning 79 PGA Tour events and 14 majors, Tiger Woods has suffered an alarming litany of injuries, to the point that we have to wonder whether he’ll ever be truly healthy again. Tiger announced today that he would miss The Masters, where he's a four-time champion, after surgery to correct a pinched nerve in his back.

Tiger Woods' Injury History: The Visual Breakdown

Tiger's Body Has Betrayed Him Over the Years
<p> Tiger Woods' Injury History: A Visual Breakdown</p>
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Even while winning 79 PGA Tour events and 14 majors, Tiger Woods has suffered an alarming litany of injuries, to the point that we have to wonder whether he’ll ever be truly healthy again.

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.

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