Big three, or big four inclusivity conversations aside, are they better as a group for the game than, say, a single, dominant Tiger Woods? As the top tier of golfers have declared their global dominance over the sport, they have drawn comparison as a group to the generation prior, which was defined largely by Woods as a lone wolf.
According to the Top 100 Teachers at GOLF, the more "big" stars, the better, as 83% of the teachers surveyed selected a mix of stars as a better driving force than one superstar. Brady Riggs of Woodley Lakes GC in California even went so far as to say: “This could be the best threesome since Hogan, Nelson and Snead.”
That’s high praise, no doubt.
When it comes to which of those players has a higher ceiling when their game is at its best, Rory McIlroy was the clear choice, earning 63% of the vote while Jordan Spieth and Jason Day earned 27% and 10%, respectively.
Brian Mogg from Orlando preferred to make a distinction between best player right now, and best player at their best.
“When all three are on, Rory’s game is the best,” Mogg said. “At the moment, Jordan is the best player.”
It was Spieth who was singled out for a pace of play infraction while in Abu Dhabi just weeks ago. He later said he didn’t understand the ruling, but wasn’t fined since it was his first penalty. But was the pace of play infraction a sign of a problem on the various worldwide tours? The Top 100 teachers seem to think so.
73% agreed that yes, pace of play is a problem in professional golf. Henry Brunton of Maple, Ontario looked to the hardwood for some relief.
“Golf needs to go to a shot clock like basketball,” Brunton said. “This will have a trickle-down impact on all levels of golf.”