Volume Three Hundred Six

We have a new Number One.

Hittin' the LinksHello again golf nuts and welcome to yet another Hittin’ the Links. We have a new World Number One! If you didn’t see this coming, then you haven’t been paying attention. Rory McIlroy has it all and I have a feeling he will be atop our beloved World Golf Rankings for some time to come.

In this edition of HtL we begin with a look at our new Number One, then investigate some rumors about Tiger, and take a peek at the guy with the smoothest putting stroke I have ever seen. Also, we check out the downside of professional golf, take a look back at some past World Number Ones, and do a wrap-up of the week’s events. Read on!

Tiger vs. Jack – A Different Perspective

This isn’t about the magical number of 18, or even 19, but rather about a magical year in golf.

Thrash TalkIf you only read the title of this article you might think this is another comparison on who is the best golfer of all time. No, considering the stall that Tiger has had in his current play it really ends the debate for now. Over the course of his career Jack is by far the better player. More major victories, 18 versus 14, but what really puts Jack over the top for me is the number of second-place finishes in majors, 19 versus six. And if you include top-ten finishes in majors Jack really starts to pull away.

In the bar last week I made the hypothesis that 2000 for Tiger was better than any single year that Jack had. When I started looking into it I was definitely right. Jack’s best year was 1972 when he won the Masters, the U.S. Open, finished second at the Open Championship, and tied for 13th at the PGA. Jack had an excellent 1980 when he won the U.S. Open and the PGA, but 1972 was better. To be frank when I looked into it Jack had an incredible run in the 1970s. He was in the hunt in almost ever major played during those years, but not only in the hunt but he had an enormous amount of top tens. Still 1972 was a great year but it was no match for Tiger’s 2000.