Golf history has been well chronicled at Sports Illustrated and GOLF.com, but where does it belong among the rest of the sports world?
Well, SI.com took the idea to task, unveiling its 100 Greatest Moments in Sports History. As it turns out, there are many golf events, featuring the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, that rank highly across the sporting atmosphere.
Atop the list was the 1980 Miracle on Ice, but the peak in golf history, dubbed the Rise of Tiger by SI, is just six spots behind at No. 7. Twenty-one-year-old Tiger Woods won the Masters by 12 strokes in 1997, setting records along the way. It was his first major in his career, but just one of two moments in the SI ranking. Woods’ historic win at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach also made the list at No. 43.
Not far behind Tiger’s 1997 Masters victory is Jack Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters win at the age of 46. Nicklaus’ “Yes Sir” win ranks 17th.
Other golf moments to crack the list were Arnold Palmer’s incredible comeback at the 1960 U.S. Open (57), Bobby Jones’ calendar grand slam (69) and the Duel in the Sun from the 1977 British Open between Watson and Nicklaus (97).