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This Day in Sports History: June 20

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day
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This Day in Sports History: June 20

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, June 20 is the day in which Tom Watson gave us one of golf's greatest moments and two MLB sluggers reached home run milestones.

 

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>

By his own admission, Tiger Woods has had his sights set on Sam Snead's all-time wins record since he crossed the 50-win barrier back in 2006. Now that Tiger has matched the Slammer with win No. 82, he has strengthened his grip on the top spot on our list of history's 20 greatest golfers — especially since he is showing signs of entering a new phase of achievement, one that is as welcome as it is unexpected.

 

7 Greatest Shots in Masters History

Golf's greatest tournament has had some amazing moments
<p> 7 Epic Moments from Golf's Greatest Tournament</p>

To celebrate the 2019 Masters, we look back at some of the tournament's greatest moments and amazing shots. Here are our favorites.

 

10 Greatest Masters Champions Ever

Jack, Arnie, Tiger and Phil Top the List of Augusta Aces
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The Masters is the world's greatest golf tournament, so it's not surprising that it has produced an elite list of champions. We've identified the 10 greatest, who collectively possess 32 Green Jackets and have provided countless classic moments.

 

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

Tiger's Tour Championship Win Puts him 7 Wins Ahead of Jack
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<p> A Comparison of Woods and Nicklaus at Age 42</p>
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Tiger Woods' win at the 2018 Tour Championship was one of the transcedent moments of his legendary career. It gave him 80 career wins, second only to Sam Snead's 82 in PGA Tour history, and it proved that he remains the world's most compelling individual sportsman when he's at his best. 

 

But how does he compare at this point to the game's gold standard? By some metrics — namely, major championship performance — Woods trails Jack Nicklaus, and he probably always will.

 

Rickie Fowler Talks Golf, Gear, Arnold Palmer and The Masters

One of golf's true trendsetters, Rickie Fowler shows off his new clubs and clothes.
One of golf's true trendsetters, Rickie Fowler shows off his new clubs and clothes.

Rickie Fowler burst onto the golf scene as a shaggy-haired phenom out of Oklahoma State, poised to lead golf’s next generation. Nearly a decade later, Rickie, 29, is among the one-named wonders that have taken over the Tour, along with Jordan, Justin, Dustin and Rory.

 

20 Best Golfers of All Time

The 10 Greatest Masters Champions of All Time

Jack, Arnie, Tiger and Phil Top the List of Augusta Aces
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The Masters is the world's greatest golf tournament, so it's not surprising that it has produced an elite list of champions. We've identified the 10 greatest, who collectively possess 32 Green Jackets and have provided countless classic moments.

 

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.

 

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