They are all chasing Jack Nicklaus. If any golfer has a hope of becoming known as the best golfer of all-time, he will have to overthrow Nicklaus.
He is widely considered to be the game's greatest player, largely on the basis of his 18 major championships.
However, that's just the quantitative analysis. Nicklaus also passes the eye test. Any time he walked up to the tee during the prime of his career, he was simply the man to beat. If Nicklaus played his best game, nobody was going to beat him.
Nicklaus was not a perfect golfer. He often looked uncomfortable as he contorted his body when preparing to putt, but when he had a shot that mattered, he was always razor sharp.
Nicklaus had remarkable distance off the tee and he combined that with sensational fairway play. When he needed to make clutch putts, he did.
Nicklaus remains a popular and almost mythic figure in golf history. However, when he turned professional in 1961, he was not loved by the golfing public.
Nicklaus was overweight and wore a serious demeanor and had to challenge Arnold Palmer for his status on the tour. He was not received warmly by the fans or media and some referred to him as "Fat Jack."
Despite having to face that kind of ridicule, Nicklaus let his game speak for itself and he eventually rose to the level of golf's best player.
He is rightly revered as one of the sport's all-time leading figures.