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I recall reading somewhere that he was about a combined 20 strokes total over his career of having 30 majors. If anyone saw the Golf Channel special "Jack" at the end it showed several of todays golf stars reviewing Jack's various records in the majors and commenting on his accomplishments. Obviously the 18 majors stand out but to me the one record that may never be broken was that for a ten year period he never finished out of the top ten in all the majors.

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What if they

 

Didn’t have to tee up with a throng of people surrounding them and a live international audience?

 

Hit a crap shot and show up at their ball behind a tree and a hoard of people edging up all around talking as they try to gather themselves and figure out their shot?

 

Hit a ball in the water with a lead and have millions of people watching live?

 

Or get to the ball in the fairway and have a camera crew standing directly behind them in their sight as they line up and swing?

 

Id say the occasional deflection is well earned ; )

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With the new 3 minute search rule that might be more of an issue but did you know these guys are good? Look at their college, Hogan tour, Nationwide tour, web.com tour, Kirn Ferry tour scoring averages. Not a lot of fan assistance there.

Maybe one shot per event at most for the wilder players?

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I can't find it, but I believe that Tom teed off in one of the PGA Championships (maybe Chicago area), and three putted the first two holes. At that point, he had short putt problems, maybe caused by the vino. What if he doesn't three putt the first two holes? Grand Slam?

Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove.  P.G. Wodehouse
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a few others to ponder...

 

What if St. Andrew's stayed at 22 holes?

What if Allan Robertson didn't fire Old Tom Morris?

What if 100 Scottish pros at Carnoustie didn't emigrate to the US in the 1890s and 1900s?

What if Harry Vardon doesn't get Tuberculosis?

What if the 1913 US Open hadn't been postponed from June to September to allow Harry Vardon to play? Francis Ouimet most likely doesn't get an invite to a June US Open.

What if Walter Hagen goes to the Philadelphia Phillies tryout in 1914 instead of winning the US Open that week?

What if a hurricane didn't wipe out Commodore Perry Stotlz's fortune in 1926 and halted his plans for a large hotel on the property of the old Fruitlands Nursery in Augusta, Georgia?

What if Bobby Jones wins his first match at Pebble Beach in the 1929 US Amateur and doesn't visit Cypress Point?

What if the members pulled the plug on the club after Augusta National's bankruptcy in 1935?

What if Jack Nicklaus putts OK and takes away Arnold Palmer's only US Open in 1960 as an amateur?

What if Arnold Palmer plays the Canadian Open in 1960 instead of the British Open?

What if the touring pros don't leave the PGA of America in 1969?

What if Jack doesn't suggest the Ryder Cup team include players from the rest of Europe?

What if Deane Beman never became tour commissioner?

What if Pete Dye never designs the TPC Sawgrass?

What if the PGA Tour doesn't go the all exempt route in 1983?

 

 

 

 

 

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Jack then missed the cut the the last major in 1978. He had 9 more top tens in his next 12 majors from 1979-81. 31 top tens in 36 majors from 1973-81. If you go back and include 1970-72 Jack had 41 top tens in 48 majors from 1970-1981. Ridiculous. Of course Tigers run is a different kind of amazing. Both phenomenal in their own way.

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Great list.

If St Andrews had stayed at 22 holes, golf would have a lot more par 3's, as the 4 extra holes were short and close, or on, No.s 1 and 18.

By the way, what if they were still playing the Old Course counter clockwise one week, and clockwise the next? They could play the Open Championship "backwards" from time to time. And there would probably be a whole bunch of other courses designed to be played in both directions.

Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove.  P.G. Wodehouse
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What if Dustin Johnson hadn't fallen down the stairs a few days before the 2017 Masters? He had just won 3 elite tournaments in a row. He finished T10 and T2 in the previous two years.

Similarly what if Rory hadn't broken his ankle playing soccer in 2015 before St Andrews Open? Not quite the form of DJ but he had won 2 majors the previous year and had won twice that year going into that major. He shot 63 there in 2010 and St Andrews suits him.

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