Tiger Woods: Is He Still the Best Golfer in The World?

Shane PattonCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2010

PARAMUS, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Tiger Woods reacts after he hit a shot from the fairway on the third hole during the final round of The Barclays at the Ridgewood Country Club on August 29, 2010 in Paramus, New Jersey.  (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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“Tiger Woods only won 27% of the tournaments he entered” stated the radio sports guy.  When I heard this I mentally responded “how can that be when everyone is saying he is the greatest golfer in the history of the sport”?

Well according to www.pgatour.com Jack Nicklaus only won 12% of the tournaments he entered.  Jack’s historical rival Arnold Palmer only won 8%.  Tiger’s current rival Phil Mickelson has to this point only won 9%.

As fans and intelligent listeners of sports-talk radio, Please be careful about swallowing statistics and making snap judgments about those statistics without researching their veracity.  If I had not gone to this web site and found these other stats I would have lowered my opinion of Tigers abilities.
 
Oh by the way, Tiger has finished in the top 10 63% of the time and 83% in the top 25.  Jack Nicklaus finished 48% and 65% respectively.
 
Apparently all golfers have a lower percentage of success than we might expect.  Yet when compared to their current and past contemporaries the cream rises to the top and Tiger remains at the top.