What Happened to the PGA's Big Five?

Nate PowersCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2008

Remember a few years back, when week in and week out, the PGA tournament was won by one of the same five guys every Sunday?

The men were Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Retief Goosen.

Everyone knows that Tiger is by far the best golfer in the world, and he has been for a long while now.  Woods' injury at the U.S. Open was devastating for the PGA. 

When he returns, he will take back the PGA to rule for years to come, on his way to becoming the greatest golfer ever.

Second to Tiger would have to be Phil Mickelson.  Lefty has shown the most consistency out of the other four golfers, but has lost control of his game since blowing up in the final round of the Masters a few years back.

Remember "I can't believe I just did that. I'm such an idiot!" ?  Indeed you are, Phillip.

Ernie has had some major back problems over the past couple of years.  Before he was sidelined, he gave Tiger a run for his money by gaining fans and winning tournaments.  It's too bad he has never returned to his same form since rehab.

Vijay Singh seemed to get old after he passed Tiger on the money list early in the 21st century.  Due to Tiger's injury, Vijay has taken control of the FedEx standings and regained his composure.  Maybe he can keep this up and give the PGA a rivalry once more.

Retief Goosen won two U.S. Opens and was on the rise when he, too, suffered injuries.  Like Els, he has never truly returned to his form.

All in all, Tiger has shown that either he is way more advanced than the other PGA golfers, or he just doesn't have any competition.  The PGA would really benefit from having another big-time player, but I don't see any takers in the near future. 

So sit back and watch Tiger, because golfers like Woods don't come around often and we may never see one as remarkable as he.