Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Toight Like a Toyger
Tigger actually broke a tie with Nelson to move into 5th on the All-time list with 53 wins. Sam Snead tops that list with 82 followed by the Golden Bear's 73. Tiger eagled two of the first seven holes in the final round to surpass Vijay Singh for the win. Let's say (for now) that he is definitely one of the top 3 most dominant athletes of all time, and leave that open-ended since his career is not nearly over.
Interesting note about Byron Nelson: He only played on the tour for 12 years, and his competition included both Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. He won 18 tournaments in a single year (including the 11 straight), and missed several majors because of WWII. He also finished in the top 20 an incredible 113 consecutive times (Tiger's longest streak was 21 top 20's). This is not to say that he is better than Tiger or not, but it's damn impressive.
I said that he wasn't the most dominant because of the capri-wearing Spanish toolbox named Rafael Nadal. He countered with the number of tournaments Federer has won something 7 of the 12 tournaments he has played in. He has a 68-6 record at the time of this post for the year, but only a 1-4 record against Nadal.
He claimed most dominant in any sport, I claimed not even the most dominant in tennis. Any thoughts?