Originally Posted by bwdial
When it comes to individual sports, "major" events define a career. People remember who wins the Indianapolis 500 or Daytona 500 more than who wins at Milwaukee or Martindale.
You are right. And like k-troop said, they define a career whether you win one or not. I just don't know how much it really matters to most professional athletes what "people" remember. We, the fans, and the media as well, like to think about their legacies as the most important thing. We all have an opinion as to when Michael Jordan or Rickie Henderson should retire to "protect their legacy," but maybe they don't care about their legacy and they just love to play and compete?
If I was a professional golfer, and had the choice between a career the likes of Steve Jones, Rich Beem, Todd Hamilton vs. a career of Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald (assuming the latter 2 never win a major), I am taking the Brits over the Americans all day long.
I would rather compete successfully for a long period of time, than "get lucky" once ... no matter how big that one check, or how extra shiny that one trophy.