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PGA Tour Com­mis­sioner Tim Finchem be­lieves Tiger Woods is the great­est golfer ever to play the sport, rank­ing his achieve­ments ahead of Jack Nick­laus de­spite win­ning fewer ma­jors than “The Golden Bear.” Finchem, who is pre­par­ing to head into re­tire­ment, said for­mer world No. 1 Woods had played a trans­for­ma­tive role in the his­tory of the sport sim­i­lar to the ef­fect Michael Jor­dan had in the NBA. “He’s the only liv­ing player to win 79 times, and only one player has ever won more,” Finchem said of Woods (car­i­ca­ture). “He’s the only ac­tive player to have won 14 ma­jors, and only one player has won more,” he added. “I love Jack Nick­laus be­yond be­lief, but I have to put Tiger down as prob­a­bly the great­est player to ever play, and the way he did it and his dom­i­na­tion at a time when you’re bring­ing more and more good play­ers along, is in­cred­i­ble. It lifted all boats. I al­ways re­fer to it as kind of like Michael Jor­dan in the NBA. He just lifted boats and brought in so many new fans to the game and changed it.” Woods is pre­par­ing to make his come­back in Cal­i­for­nia next month after miss­ing the past year with a nig­gling back in­jury. The 40-yearold trails Nick­laus’s haul of 18 ma­jors by four and is widely seen as a long­shot to sur­pass the 76-year-old’s tally.

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