Originally Posted by New York Red
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.
The fields in today's golf are much deeper. While there may not be another player to win tournaments at a high level during Tiger's era, the quality of competition is much stiffer.
I also wonder about the impact of money pouring into golf has had on total win numbers. When Jack played it was your job. Heck go back to Hogan's era and you were playing in a tour event every single week to make ends meat. In today's golf you can pick and choose which tournament you want to play in. You show up with an advertisement on your shirt, hat, golf bag, play a particular type of ball and swing a brand name club and your walking off the course with nice pay day regardless of what you shoot. For example a guy like Hunter Mahan has played in 19 of 36 events so far this season. He is a nice player, a top 20 type player, but a guy who tee's it up about half the time.
I guess my point is you will never see high win totals out of golfers anymore. Financially there isn't that incentive anymore. The only guys out there week in week out are the fringe tour guys hoping to gain their card again for next season.