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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 00:57 GMT 01:57 UK
Tiger on for Grand Slam?
Tiger Woods wins the US Open as he continues his quest to bag all four majors in a single season.
Can he be stopped?
This debate is now closed. With the Masters, and now the US Open already in the bag, a single season sweep looks a distinct possibility for the seemingly invincible Woods.
He finished three shots ahead of compatriot Phil Mickelson at the Bethpage Black course, becoming the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 win the first two majors of the season.
Can he go on to complete the 'Grand slam'? And is his domination bad for the sport?
Phil Mikelson has enough talent to stop Tiger but he needs to get into shape. Tiger has shown that golf is not just about finesse but also about strength.
Tiger Woods is amazing, but not invincible. In the US Open Nick Faldo shot a 66 - better than anything even Woods could put together. If he could keep it together for four rounds he is someone with the mental toughness to face the great man. The Open is going to be awesome!
Nigel Haig, England
Tiger's success is not only a result of his immense talent but also because of a killer mentality and unmatched mental strength. In today's game, there are many golfers of immense physical talent but few, if any, have what Tiger has from the shoulders up.
Many may consider his accomplishments somewhat monotonous, but I just sit back and relish the fact that I'm witnessing an athlete of historical proportions. And to think he's only 26 years old. Barring injury he'll have ten or more highly competitive years.
Tiger has his best chance yet to complete the ''Grand Slam'. He has seized opportunities throughout his career. It's going to be a great thing to watch if he does do it.
Tiger Woods is without doubt the best golfer to emerge since the days of Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and Watson. All players had to contend with the atrocious weather and conditions at Bethpage and I think Garcia, especially should learn to put his brain in gear before he opens his mouth.
Joe Harper, UK
Tiger must be the most individually talented sportsman in the world today, and by some margin. No wonder the Americans aren't interested in the football (soccer) while Tiger is playing in a major!
Can any body stop Tiger? Yes - in the year 2001 he was stopped in majors by other players. He has some bad days as any one else does in any sport but he is a great player and plays with character and dignity.
I hope this puts to rest any discussion of Sergio Garcia being a serious challenger to Woods. Sergio's about as close to Woods now as Weiskopf was to Nicklaus 30 years ago.
We need young golfers who are, or will be as fearless as Tiger was when he came to the golfing scene. For the time being though, Tiger will still dominate and continue to win majors
As with everything, his run will finally end and someone will catch up to him. But I am enjoying every minute of his success. He is the Niclaus or Palmer for this time period. It would be nice to see him have a rival to dual with on a consistent basis though. Good job, Tiger!
It has to be said Tiger's contribution to the game of golf is invaluable. I, like many others only got interested in golf when Tiger came on the scene. I regard him as my role model even though we're the same age. It is his mental power that wins for him. Can't you draw comparisons between him, David Beckham and Michael Owen? They're all gifted but with that they had good upbringings in stable families plus they are very humble in success.
Tiger Woods is without doubt the best golfer in the world both at a mental level as well as talent wise. However, surely it is about time that the golfing authorities realise that by lengthening courses like Augusta and Bethpage they are playing straight into his hands.
This plus the technology used today, make's him unstoppable just because he hits the ball so far. Unless these issues are addressed and the players start having to use their brains or the weather is foul at Muirfield, I doubt if anyone can stop him.
Tiger has gone beyond being a legend; he now represents the game of golf!
I find it curious and spurious that people continue to blame other golfers for the lack of rivalry to Tiger. It's even more ridiculous when people try to throw Justin Rose or Adam Scott into the mix.
The fact is, Tiger is one of those special athletes that come along once in a few generations, ala Michael Jordan, Pele, Ali, Jack Nicklaus. That Tiger does not have any close competition reflects more on his greatness than the other players' mediocrity.
Phil, David, Ernie, Sergio et al are really good players, perhaps as good as Trevino, Miller, Weiskopf, in Jack's day. But Tiger is SO good that he is head and shoulders above them. There will be another Tiger, but not in another 50-100 years. Give credit where credit is due and sit back and appreciate the greatest golfer ever to play.
In America they say there are two things you can count on - death and taxes. Well, it's time to add a third item. Tiger Woods will win the Grand Slam this year. Ours is not to question why or even how but to simply sit back and marvel as a true master hones his craft.
Tiger is so dominant; however, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose will pose his greatest challenge over the next decade. What a prospect for golf fans.
I really ask myself when Tiger Woods is playing a major tournament whether there is any one who can stop him. He is a phenomenon and I really don't know whether he has any challengers. I think he's his own challenger together with the golf courses.
Phillip Corry, Uganda
Am I the only one who is now beginning to tire of the superlatives being placed on Woods. I find golf becoming an increasingly boring spectacle, much as Formula 1 has become.
You have got to reckon that if Tiger needed to shoot 65 on the last day at Beth Page to win, he would have done so. Can anyone honestly say that about any of the other contenders? I don't think so!!
Tiger is the best thing to have happened in golf since Palmer. He brings new excitement and credibility to the game, raising its profile to new levels. Like Palmer though, he needs a Nicklaus to keep things interesting. For all Tiger's impact on the game, I'm afraid one golfing great at a time is not enough.
Tiger has taken the game of Golf to a new level. He is fun to watch. It will take more than hard work to beat him. I wish him all the best in his quest for a Gram Slam.
It's Tiger's superior mental strength that the other golfers have to come to terms with, not just his technical ability.
Congratulations to Nick Faldo, it was nice to see him near the top of the leaderboard again.
Tiger is indeed a truly great golfer. But I feel this 'gap' between him and the rest is being over-played. Mickelson and Garcia are close - their times will come soon. And when one or both do break through they will then have the self-belief to sustain a genuine challenge for future majors.
The challenge will then be for Woods to step up a level from them and emerging talents such as Adam Scott. I really feel Mickelson will stop the Slam - Tiger is good, but he's not in any way invincible. C'mon lefty!
He is a colossus. Supreme in every department. If he is on top of his game, no one can match him.
Tom B, UK
I think that Tiger's dominance tells us as much about the quality of the opposition as it does about his own ability. Once again in the final round of a major the chasing pack fail to put him under real pressure. Nobody seems able to grind out a final compettive round, Garcia is in and out as is Mickleson.
He is awesome and could well win the Grand Slam. Let's face it he wasn't that hot on Saturday and Sunday. When he's in full flight, he's unstoppable. I think it's good for the game in the short-term to have such a great role model for young people so that golf can lose its stuffy middle class white male image.
In the longer term, it'll be monotonous if he continues to win - but don't complain, he's great to watch.
Alan Gordon, United Kingdom
Tiger can only be stopped by himself
When Tiger is on the prowl, it is time to run for cover.
I got interested in golf only after Tiger came, so it is the game that benefits from Tiger's domination. About the 'Grand slam', let's pray he does it. Best wishes to Tiger from India to finish the Grand slam in style.
Apparently, if Tiger shows up w/his B, B+ or A game, he wins. Who stops Tiger? Tiger does -by not showing up w/one of those games. Now, the question is, can Mickelson, Garcia et al beat Tiger on his B-game with their A-game?
It is not a question of Tiger being too good to beat....it is just that the other golfers are not good enough. Someone will come along to beat Tiger - another Tiger Woods, maybe. in a few years' time. Maybe.
Peter Wanyonyi, Nairobi, Kenya
Tiger might well go on and win the grand slam this year.. even the next! especially with the current lack of competition he's getting. He has set a new benchmark, and the current crop of players are just not up to it... but there will always be new players on the scene, and it is natural that a challenger will emerge. It is this that makes Tiger's domination exciting and great for the game.
Based on his fitness, age, advancing skill level, Mr. Woods will continue to win the majority of "majors". I vote a "yes" on the grand slam.
I do not think that there is anyone who can stop Tiger Woods in his current form-not for the next 2-3 years
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