It is true that some of the greatest players had a 2 stage career. First, the long balls, the long putts, and the ability to get out of trouble. Second, a little less power, more accurate, less troubled lies, and in general playing a smarter game.
Those who can do both seem to be the ones most thought of as being a superior player over time.
Comparisons will always be made and it is fun to argue the merits of the player you favor, but it can only end in conflict with no clear answer. my nickle.