alot of non pro golfers that are very good are great athletes. thats why NFL quarterbacks always manage to be great golfers- they are athletes that can figure out a new sport.
most just about every top pro golfer ive ever known of pretty much just played golf for his whole life. you pretty much have to in orer to do this one thing over and over again so well and consistently
every person ever described as a great athlete was basically labelled that because of their movement. tiger is black and works out. other than that he doesnt do the physical things everyone else' athleticism is based on.
dont get me wrong, I root for the guy often. he ran the 400 meter and cross country in high school? the white guy races, I rest my case
i think he's earned the right to be arrogant... i would be if i had that much talent and a work ethic like that.
the level of competition that jack had was only realized years later, when those said "players of competition" had reached a certain point in their carrer (other than arnie or player, etc. that were established). years from now people will say how good sergio, adam scott, kj, zach johnson, mike weir, etc were as far as tigers competition but the fact remains that tiger is a step above and ahead all the time.
and if you really think that people fold to tigger, then he must have a notch over jack, since i dont recall hearing of jacks competition laying down when he showed up to the course.
there is moe competition today than there ever has been in the past.
jones and nicklaus were the only others that were that far above their competition at the time... jones being the furthest ahead by far, even moreso than tiger today.
Tiger Woods is done for the year, but not without one last major that he said might have been his best ever. Woods explained why Wednesday when he revealed he will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee that he injured 10 months ago.
He also suffered a double stress fracture of his left tibia two weeks before the U.S. Open, ignoring doctors' advice to take six weeks off to let it heal. And he still won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, going 91 holes over five days on a knee that was getting worse.
"Now, it is clear that the right thing to do is to listen to my doctors, follow through with this surgery and focus my attention on rehabilitating my knee," Woods said on his Web site.
He had arthroscopic surgery April 15 to clean out cartilage in his left knee, bypassing ACL surgery with hopes it could get him through the 2008 season. But the stress fracture and a ligament that could no longer sustain a powerful swing made it impossible to keep going.
Woods did not say when he would have surgery. His swing coach, Hank Haney, said the recovery is typically six to eight months.
"He's been playing way less than 100 percent for a long, long, time," Haney said. "It has limited him a lot in practice. He's going to come back better than he's ever been."