He is, the best that ever lived, like it or not.
Dear dear SP... We're going to have to disagree on that.
Eldrick is the best golfer of this generation; period. Well, he was and maybe again, but to see him over the last year one has to doubt it. As he said yesterday, things are not the same now that he has his children to think about. (Amazing how he never thought of them when he was out whoring.)
Back to the point. There are three main reasons why he will not be considered the GOAT to rational, non jock-sniffing, golf fans.
- Technology. Today's golf technology makes normal golfers look like gods (small g) when compared to generations past. One would have to imagine what pure ball strikers like Vardon, Hagen, Hogan, Snead et al, could have done with today's equipment before you could claim Eldrick was better (and could hit shots that no other pro dreamed of.) I wonder how well Moe Norman could have done with Tiger's bag of sticks?
- Competition. The greatest player with the most Majors to date is Nicklaus... yet Nicklaus had Palmer, Player, et al to challenge him at every tournament. Yes, Eldrick is (ahem "was") better than the other competitors when he was winning by 10 strokes or more. How many Majors did he win by 6 or more? Plenty. How many Majors did Nicklaus win by 1 or 2. Palmer and Player, et al, were on Jack like stink on poo around every turn when he won his 18. It is my opinion that if Nicklaus had the same competition level that Eldrick had to date, the record would not be 18.. it would be closer to 30.
- Tie .... Attitude/Aptitude & PEDs. Just like Barry Bonds, A. Rod, Pete Rose, et al, have all come tumbling back to earth/disgraced/capacity diminished etc... you will find Eldrick in the same boat. His winning ways have been exposed as a fraud and a fake. Most of his life, to now, was a lie and now you are seeing the results on someone trying to get his train back on the tracks.
Will he win again? Probably. Will he break Jack's record? Probably not.
So, while he may be (or may have been as we look on it today) the greatest golfer of his generation he should never be considered the Greatest Of All Time.
Besides, have you seen some of the kids playing today? Out there, right now, is someone who will in all likelyhood make us look at Tiger as some middle of the road Pro golfer.
Just my 2¢ on E. Tont Woods.