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Do you think we live in the most interesting times, golfwise, ever?

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You had the big three when they dominated - JN, AP & GP plus Seve B. Going back further you had Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, etc...

 

Now we have Tiger Woods, but also advances due to tech. internet, easy communication, video, radar, Aimpoint, 3D vests, putter fitting, pressure plates, design and materials in golf clubs, it goes on. Plus what is arguably a kick in the butt in improving instruction.

 

IMHO, we currently live in the most interesting era w/regards to golf.

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Tough to say without experiencing history as it happened. I definitely think we're lucky to experience the drama/competition/records that we do. We are lucky to live in Tiger era.

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I grew up watching the "Big 3", so my vote goes there.  As for interesting times, I might also have to consider a vote for golf at the time of Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century. Sally Jenkins writes that Mary - who was one of the first female golfers - kept a cottage at St. Andrews. I just don't know how much she got to play before she was beheaded.

 

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To me:

 

Best golf played by the best athletes: Today hands down.

 

Most interesting: 1910 to 1920. Differing views on professionalism and amateurism, status by birthright and class against the common man starting as a caddie,  and the take off of golf in America.

 

Professionals having to make hard choices between scraping by playing golf or getting a "real" job, many times down to their last straw and winning because it was either win or quit.

 

Amateurs without means struggling to compete and maintain amateur status against the rich that didn't have those pressures.

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