Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I would put Jack #1 overall but I don't buy the stronger competition argument. What Tiger had done is phenomenal when you take into consideration golf's growth as well as the added conditioning each and every player takes serious.
I have often wondered this. What would Phil's legacy have been had he not come to prominence when Tiger was at his prime. Phil will go down as a great golfer, but if he wasn't going head to head with Tiger he may be an all time great up there with the likes of Hogan.
Phil started five years before Tiger. Phil was considered the next great thing, until Tiger came along. Since Tiger came on the scene, it's just those two, as far as obvious future HOFers in their prime the entire time.
Look at the all-time PGA wins list. Tiger is 2nd and Phil is 9th (37 wins behind Tiger). Then, for players in a similar time frame, it drops down to Davis Love III (tied for 33rd), Ernie Els (tied for 38th) and Jim Furyk (tied for 51st). Next on the list, believe it or not, is David Duval. Think about that. David Duval. So, IMO, there is no comparison between the caliber of player Jack regularly faced, compared to what Tiger has faced.