Tiger Woods' Reign Is Over: Why He Will Never Surpass Jack Nicklaus

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Tiger Woods' Reign Is Over: Why He Will Never Surpass Jack Nicklaus
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By: Michael Manbert

Tiger Woods.

Just the name evokes imagery the likes of which epitomized golf and the PGA Tour only two years ago. 

Nowadays, though, things are different. The perceptions of a generally forgetful public have shifted to a degree nobody could have foreseen. Woods was once regarded as the pinnacle of golf - the protege to Nicklaus, who had led and would continue to lead golf increasingly further into the mainstream sporting world. 

Woods' monumental downfall began with a November 25th, 2009 National Enquirer story alleging infidelity on his part with a New York City nightclub manager. Just a day later, the story gained national attention following Tiger's infamous car crash (in which he left his Orlando home at 2:30 A.M in his 2009 Escalade and hit a hedge, fire hydrant and a tree just down the street from his house).

You probably know the rest of the story - it was all downhill from there. Relentless attacks from various media conglomerates and less-reputable organizations alike. Countless allegations of infidelity from both credible and unbelievable sources. In the end, following allegations from over a dozen women, Woods would eventually release a statement on December 11th, 2009 admitting to and apologizing for infidelity, and announcing an indefinite hiatus from professional golf. 

However, the then-still-top-ranked Woods would announce a return to the PGA Tour during a March 10th press conference in which he announced his intentions to participate in the 2010 Masters - a tournament in which he would place 4th.

To date, Woods has only surpassed such a placing once.

With such subpar play (by Tiger's standards, anyway) has come questions, criticism and doubt - the latter of which will personify this article. 

Tiger Woods' reign has come to an end. 

Read on to find out why the PGA's former golden boy will never surpass Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major championships, and why his reign as the most dominant player on the PGA Tour has finally come to an end. 

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