Tiger Woods places himself on his Mt. Rushmore of the four greatest golfers of all-time
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Tiger Woods places himself on his Mt. Rushmore of the four greatest golfers of all-time


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Tiger Woods is back. In case you haven't heard, Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship for his first PGA Tour win in five-plus years, coming into the Ryder Cup with momentum for the United States team.

Of course, this entire 2018 year has been remarkable for Woods, who came back from four back surgeries, including a spinal fusion in April 2017, to reach the 13th spot in the current Official World Golf Ranking on solid, fairly consistent play, including runs at winning two majors this year.

Depending on who you ask, Tiger Woods is easily one of the three greatest golfers of all-time. Most would say he's in the top two. Many would say he's the greatest of all time (GOAT). But who does Tiger Woods thinks belongs on golf's Mt. Rushmore (a dated expression, but go with it)?

Woods was asked by the PGA of America to name his top four, and here's his answer:



"Probably (Sam) Snead...(Bobby) Jones...(Jack) Nicklaus...me."

I mean, he's right. Maybe Hogan in Snead or Jones' place, but he's in the conversation. Everyone knows it. There's no reason to be particularly modest about it. Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers to ever live, and letting everyone know it is more of a statement of fact than anything else. Woods has 14 major wins, six other USGA titles, 80 PGA Tour wins, lots more international victories, holds a slew of PGA Tour records that'll never be touched -- and he's not done yet.

With swagger like that, Tiger Woods is back.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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