So the world rankings have caught up with popular opinion.
Tiger Woods' faltering form meant that he could no longer really be regarded as the world's best player, and now his 264-week reign at the top of the rankings has come to an official end.
No-one can argue with Vijay Singh's credentials - his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship was the USPGA champion's sixth title of the year.
Changing of the guard: Singh (right) has surpassed Woods
But although Woods can only boast one victory in 2004, he remains as tenacious as ever.
The US may no longer include the world number one in their ranks for next week's Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills in Michigan, but that just might make Woods a more dangerous opponent.
Woods' current inaccuracy off the tee has put pressure on the rest of his game, but all things are relative.
When the American was seemingly winning almost every tournament that he entered in 2000, his feats were unprecedented in their consistency and excellence.
It was a benchmark that he can clearly no longer live up to, but one that no-one else has managed to, either.
He still remains a pretty potent force - of that there is no question.
He will now be a wounded Tiger, and I suspect there will be a backlash. Woods could be in for a huge Ryder Cup.
It's the one area of his career where there has been a questionmark - over whether he can play in a team enviroment.
Two years ago, ahead of Europe's triumph at The Belfry, Woods was quoted as saying the American Express Championship was more important than the Ryder Cup.
But listening to him talk over the last month or so at various media conferences, the Ryder Cup has gone up in importance as far as he's concerned.
Iain Carter was talking on BBC Radio Five Live.