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TRUE - I once tried it. I drew lines on my ball and just to test my eyesight, I lay down behind the ball for a three footer and made sure the ball was perfectly in line. When I stood up and addressed the putt, lining up the line with the putt, it would appear that I was 8 inches to the left of the hole - and that was from three feet! It's amazing how the brain can adjust for what you see and what you think you see.
This is not a GOAT comparison.
Since this thread was about strength of field, I'll pick some players in each decade of this "study" for the topic. Then you guys can decide for yourselves... I will go through and name all 40 major winners of each decade (I probably will have to Google some of the 60s, because I honestly don't remember back that far). If a player won multiple majors in the decade I will put the number they won that decade in parenthesis and only mention them once.
1960s: Arnold Palmer (6), Kel Nagle, Jay Hebert, Gary Player (4), Gene Littler, Jerry Barber, Jack Nicklaus (6), Julius Boros (2), Ken Venturi, Tony Lema, Bobby Nichols, Peter Thomson, Billy Casper, Al Geiberger, Gay Brewer, Roberto Di Vicenzo, Bob Goalby, Lee Trevino, George Archer, Orville Moody, Tony Jacklin, Ray Floyd
1970s: Billy Casper, Tony Jacklin, Jack Nicklaus (9), Dave Stockton (2), Charles Coody, Lee Trevino (4), Gary Player (4), Tommy Aaron, Johnny Miller (2), Tom Weiskopf, Hale Irwin (2), Lou Graham, Tom Watson (3), Ray Floyd, Jerry Pate, Hubert Green, Lanny Wadkins, Andy North, John Mahaffey, Fuzzy Zoeller, Seve Ballesteros, David Graham
1980s: Seve Ballesteros (4), Jack Nicklaus (3), Tom Watson (5), David Graham, Bill Rogers, Larry Nelson (3), Craig Stadler, Ray Floyd (2), Hal Sutton, Ben Crenshaw, Fuzzy Zoeller, Lee Trevino, Bernhard Langer, Andy North, Sandy Lyle (2), Hubert Green, Greg Norman, Bob Tway, Larry Mize, Scott Simpson, Nick Faldo (2), Curtis Strange (2), Jeff Sluman, Mark Calcavecchia, Payne Stewart
1990s: Nick Faldo (4), Hale Irwin, Wayne Grady, Ian Woosnam, Payne Stewart (2), Ian Baker-Finch, John Daly (2), Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Nick Price (3), Bernhard Langer, Lee Janzen (2), Greg Norman, Paul Azinger, Jose Maria Olazabal (2), Ernie Els (2), Ben Crenshaw, Corey Pavin, Steve Elkington, Steve Jones, Tom Lehman, Mark Brooks, Tiger Woods (2), Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Mark O'Meara (2), Vijay Singh, Paul Lawrie
2000s: Vijay Singh (2), Tiger Woods (12), Retief Goosen (2), David Duval, David Toms, Ernie Els, Rich Beem, Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Ben Curtis, Shun Micheel, Phil Mickelson (3), Todd Hamilton, Michael Campbell, Geoff Oglivy, Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera (2), Padraig Harrington (3), Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Y.E. Yang.
2010-2017: Phil Mickelson (2), Greame McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer (2), Charl Schwarzel, Rory McIlroy (4), Darren Clarke, Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson (2), Webb Simpson, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth (3), Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas
If you look through every major champion of the two eras and there was a little time before Jack Nicklaus on here (actually he was involved in the whole first 4 decades). There were a lot of guys in the first half (1960-89) that we're one and dones didn't have a lot of other wins in their careers... but there were also players in that era who should of won a major or two (Tom Kite comes to mind) or won more majors than they did (Hal Sutton comes to mind), But this era was dominated by Jack until the end of it, where it was dominated in the second half of the era by Ballesteros, Watson, Norman, and Faldo.
The transistion period (1990-94), is when some of the other players broke through, Kite comes to mind here as does Fred Couples and Payne Stewart.
The next generation, by all means everyone and their mother knows was dominated by Tiger. However look at how many other guys had multiple majors when Tiger was in a "slump". Tiger's era by far has deeper field than Jack's. Jack's era was more broken into sections, where Tiger's is more "halves" if you will. Does it make Tiger's 14 majors more impressive than Jack's 18? Who knows. Have the fields been stronger since Tiger has been around? Yes... The transition period was full of Faldo and Price winning multiple majors, and a lot of guys getting one. Once Tiger showed up, if you won one, you earned it. Why because Tiger raised the bar so high, that the other players knew they had to get better to stand a chance against him, that's why. Did Jack do the same thing? Absolutely. But not nearly as many could get to Jack's level, as there are that could compete with Tiger.
We even play skins by flight in club stroke tournaments as a side pot. if you have the single lowest score on any hole among the players in your flight, you get a percentage of the total money in the pot, based on the total number of skins in the flight. Say your 2 on the 7th hole is the only 2 on that hole in your flight, that gets you a share. If there are only 3 other skins out for the other 17 holes, each player gets 25% of the pot.
In a single group, you basically match scores for skins, but with carryovers, it's a bit off from straight match play, since you can win skins from 4 or 5 tied holes by winning a single hole. You can't win 4 or 5 holes by winning a single hole in match play. Since we usually have other side bets going as well, the stroke score still counts.