When it comes to Tiger, there is no debate

When it comes to Tiger, there is no debate

Tiger Woods will not win the Masters this weekend. In fact, he hasn't won a major since 2008. And he hasn't slipped on a green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

His victory in 2008 at Torrey Pines, where he played basically using one leg and defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff, is the greatest U.S. Open to date. 

"I think this is probably the best ever," Woods said after winning his 14th major. "All things considered, I don't know how I ended up in this position, to be honest with you."

Without a doubt, Woods is the best golfer ... of his generation. He has won four Masters, three U.S. Opens, three British Opens and four PGA Championships.

Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 majors and had 19 runner-up finishes on golf's grandest stages, is the best of all time.

Tiger helped to introduce golf to the masses, and the game owes him a lot. In his heyday, Woods competed against Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els -- all solid professionals.

Nicklaus squared off against Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Not too shabby.

If Woods' career hadn't been derailed by injury and personal problems, he might have caught Nicklaus. We will never know. The game hasn't passed Woods by, but he is in the twilight of his career. A new generation, headlined by Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, is taking aim at Woods' and Nicklaus' marks now.

The Golden Bear is the gold standard in golf.

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