Who has been the best golfer of the last 10 years?
Posted: Friday November 25, 2005 2:52PM; Updated: Friday November 25, 2005 2:52PM
Annika and Tiger -- dominant forces on different tours.
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In the past few years, two players have stood head and shoulders above the crowd. Think I'm referring to Tiger and Vijay? Nope, I'm talking about Tiger and Annika.
An ongoing friendly debate has ensued with my co-host on our syndicated weekly radio show (Real Golf Radio) as to who is currently the best player in the game. Strong cases can be made for Mr. Woods and Ms. Sorenstam, but to reach a valid conclusion, you must look at the facts, break it down and see where the chips fall.
Ladies first, so here's how 2005 went for Annika.
It was a career year for Sorenstam, who was able to fashion a 10-win season (including two majors) in 20 events. For those without a calculator, that's a winning percentage of 50 percent.
Additionally Annika finished in the top ten 75 percent of the time. She posted a 69.33 scoring average and earned $2,588,240 on the LPGA Tour. This season was indeed one for the record books.
Coming off a one-win season in 2004, Tiger once again proved his dominance on the PGA Tour, winning six times (also with two majors) in 21 starts. That's a winning percentage of .285.
Additionally Tiger finished in the top ten 62 percent of the time. His scoring average was 68.66 and he ended the year with PGA Tour earnings of $10,628,024. If you rank Tiger's season, this was the second-best of his career.
So how have Tiger and Annika compared from 1996 thru 2005?
Tale Of The Tape
Top Ten Finishes
Player of the Year
Career Grand Slam
Hall of Fame
Oct. 10, 2003
Due to the difference in pay scale between the PGA and LPGA, we'll throw out that number. Wins should be the determining factor, especially majors.