Is Tiger Woods the Destroyer of The Triumvirate?

Peter HughesSenior Analyst IAugust 14, 2008

Who would believe, behind the smile, lurks one of golf's deadliest annihilators?

Consider the facts.

Since 1894, every decade has produced one man who has dominated the game for a year or two. However, inevitably two, perhaps more, have rose to issue a challenge.

James Braid was probably the first to dominate the sport, and within months he stimulated John Henry Taylor and Harry Vardon to claim his throne.

Their success resulted in the trio becoming the first to be known as "The Triumvirate."

During the 1915 era, Walter Hagen mounted the pedestal and alongside him in a matter of months, he was joined by Gene Sarazen and Tommy Armour.

The 1940s witnessed another battle for supremacy among Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead and there is still arguments today, who among them was "Top Dog."

Arnold D. Palmer, during the immediate post war years, for a short time, became "The King", before Gary Player arrived from South Africa to claim his crown and from Ohio, another triumvirate was formed with the advent of Jack Nicklaus.

Even a little country like Ireland got into the act when Fred Daly claimed his place in history, but Harry Bradshaw and Christy O'Connor ensured he was not alone.

Eldrick "Tiger" Woods has reigned supreme since 2000.

A few have attempted, without much success, to overthrow him and unless his current knee problems curtail his prowess, things are not likely to change during the next decade.

Will Tiger be known as the man who eliminated triumvirates?

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