Nicklaus, Woods or Hogan? An extremely 'scientific' look at who had golf's most impressive comeback.
Nicklaus, Woods or Hogan? An extremely 'scientific' look at who had golf's most impressive comeback
It would be irresponsible to try to compare one improbable comeback to another. We did so anyway
Tiger Woods' comeback last year was the talk of the golf world, and deservedly so, but in our secret hearts, we all knew it wouldn't be complete without another major. That last peak still seemed far off in the misty distance, even though he was routinely competing well against the best players in the world, but at Augusta National, he reached the mountaintop yet again.
Taken in total, it's certainly the greatest sports comeback of the year, and the decade, and possibly of my sports lifetime. But is it the greatest in the history of golf?
To answer that question, we have to compare him to the only other two men worthy of the distinction: Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. And we just treat the question with care—it's not something to be tossed in the chaotic washing machine of loose opinion and removed sopping wet one hour later only to realize we forgot the bleach of cold hard logic and the stain remover of rigorous scientific examination. This puzzle must be hand-washed, air-dried and finally steam-pressed until it gleams with truth.
You get the picture.
So, using eight categories, let's assign each man a score from 1-3 in each, and at the end we'll tally it up and declare a winner. That's just good science.
It was an intense battle, but here's how it scored out in the end:
Tiger Woods: 17 points
Jack Nicklaus: 16 points
Ben Hogan: 15 points
There you have it! Science has proved, once and for all, that Tiger's comeback was the greatest in golf history, and science has never been wrong.**