Jordan Spieth On Pace With Jack Nicklaus, Ahead of Tiger Woods
Stop Ignoring Jordan Spieth’s Greatness
In a way, Tiger Woods ruined golf for some people.
His days of dominance, (steroids), winning and swagger had everyone in awe.
He was a polarizing figure from his Sunday red, his fun little tiger headcover, or his famous reactions to some of the most famous shots in golf history.
It may also help he was a child prodigy that actually panned out.
Either way, before the divorce, DUI and switch to Taylormade, Tiger was everything golf needed.
But that persona and dominance, may be hurting one of the best in the game right now.
Jordan Spieth recently got the third leg of the career grand slam at 23, something only one other golfer has ever done.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t Tiger. It was Jack.
Majors wins before turning 24 (since 1934):
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But yet after all his wins, all his majors, all his close calls.
“He is terrible off the tee.”
“He can only putt.”
“He will never be Tiger.”
These takes and attitude towards Spieth are ridiculous.
People are trying to compare a 23-year-old kid who may not have even peaked yet to arguably the best to ever do it…
I have a few theories.
- It is almost the Jordan and LeBron argument. I feel that people that watched them at their peaks, have a weird connection and think it is their responsibility to continue their legacy. Not often you meet and older person who watched Jordan in the 90’s say LeBron is better. I think this is the case with Spieth and Tiger. People who watched Tiger come up and dominate people year in and year out, will never admit Spieth is better. Even if he is. For us young golf fans, we need someone to cling on. Spieth’s victory at Chambers Bay brought us in now we love him. But we have old guys telling us to calm down when we see his greatness in front of our eyes because “You were too young to remember Tiger”.
- People saw Tiger or heard of how great Tiger was. And that set the bar for them. So as long as people aren’t winning tournaments by double digits, outdriving everyone off the tee and dominating every weekend they wont be great or even close to Tiger.
If we don’t wake up, we may miss the greatness of one of the best golfers of all time, just because of another golfer.