Dominance or Parity: What is better for golf?

Who is the best golfer in the world right now?  Some will say Dustin Johnson, he’s the #1 ranked player in the world.  But that is just a ranking.  If I was asked this question, I would have a very difficult time answering.  And it may simply depend on who I think is playing better on the day I was asked.  That’s how close it is these days.

Flashback 10 years to June 2008, who is the best player in the world?  Well Tiger Woods just beat Rocco Mediate in a playoff to win the US Open, his 14th major championship.  The answer was easy, it’s Tiger.

So what is better for the overall state of golf, the 2018 parity or the 2008 dominance?

When Tiger Woods won 14 majors in an 11-year span from 1997-2008, the golf world was in awe.  He won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 shots at Pebble Beach.  He had 38 Top 10’s in Majors including 24 Top 3’s.  There was no doubt in anyone’s mind who the best golfer in the world was and fans were more than ok with that.  He WAS golf.  His brand completely took over and revolutionized the game, attracting fans for all backgrounds sports or otherwise.  Then personal matters, injuries, and long layoffs from the game happened.  Golf ratings were down, the “Tiger Effect” was a real thing and revenues were taking a hit.

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