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I suspect good genes have a lot to do with it.  Looking at the pga site, a lot of the profiles mention that the players were excellent high school athletes in multiple sports.   The ten-thousand hour rule is largely nonsense.  If you have the genetic potential, lots of practice can make you superior.  If you don't have the genetic potential, lots of practice will only help you reach your peak.  This appears to be true with everything in life that has a talent...
It seems to me that people need to define their terms.  In my mind, the greatest player of all time can't be determined in this world.  In heaven, the angels inclined to bet on such things could take all of the players in question, give them perfect health, give them their choice of equipment of varying styles, time to practice, and then have them play against each other for a billion tournaments on a million different courses.  The player who accumulated the most wins,...
Thanks, brocks, that is some interesting stuff.   The shear size of the field increasing the difficulty in winning makes sense.  The more players, the greater the chance of a weaker player either getting lucky or just having a good tournament, so the results are more random.  
I don't play golf.  I watch is casually (I find it restful), and I have a bit of a mathy streak.  Has anyone figured out a way to evaluate how much more difficult it is to win a major vs. a typical weekly PGA Tour tournament?  Obviously, the majors tend to have almost all of the best players in the world contending, whereas the week-in-week-out tournaments only have a fraction of them. I've looked at the way the Official Golf World Ranking awards points.  It doesn't...
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