"If I make it, that would be great"
By mustang6560 on 8/2/12
Earlier in the week, I posed the question, Would Tiger Woods rather win a fifth green jacket or a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics?

I figured the question was rhetorical at best (Tiger would chose a fifth green jacket, right?). But, after reading the remarks from his pre-tournament news conference yesterday, I'm not so sure anymore.
"If I get in, it would be great," he continued. "I don't know how it's going to be scheduling wise. We have seven big events right now in this stretch, and we're adding an eighth. It's going to be a very, very busy summer for us as golfers. But it's also the Olympics, and it is a very big event and something that we haven't historically been involved in. It's always a first to be involved in something to that magnitude, and if I make it, that would be great."
I'm sure if Tiger was completely honest, he'd say his goal is to win gold in Rio de Janeiro AND win a fifth green jacket en route to passing Jack Nicklaus' major championship record. But, if he was forced to pick between 17 majors and 1 gold medal or 19 majors and 0 gold medals, I'm confident he'd give up the gold medal in order to end the Who is the greatest golfer of all time debate? once and for all.

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SteveMM says:
I don't think winning that 19th major will put an end to that debate once and for all. Sam Snead still holds the record for career wins at 82. One could make a case that total wins is more important than wins in majors.
mjaber says:
What if he got to 18, and had the gold to go along with it? He's got the same number of majors as Jack, but something Jack doesn't...
gpickin says:
Well, if tiger gets to 19 majors, I am sure he will pass Sam Snead too.
Do majors count towards Sam's PGA Wins?
Or only 3 of the majors on US soil are pga events?
Or only the PGA since the other 2 have PGA events at the same time.
Do WGC events count?
Now I'm confused :)
bobhooe says:
yea but the gold medal also comes with a $25k so that might get his attention, or he could just fart in a jar and sell it for twice that. 19 is his only goal.
Banker85 says:
He will beat both Sam and Jack's Record and add a Gold Medal to end the debate once and for all. In my mind he already is the greatest ever
bkuehn1952 says:
In tennis I have seen reference to a "Golden Career Slam" - win all the Grand Slam events at least once AND a gold medal in the Olympics. That achievement would probably interest Tiger but perhaps not at the risk of missing a major.
SteveMM says:
If he gets to 19 and 83 there will be no argument whatsoever beyond Internet trolls and drunk guys in the clubhouse ... each of which should be ignored anyhow.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
There will never be an end to that debate, because Eldrick's entire career was in the technology age. I don't think he'd be as good with 180cc wooden drivers.
Backquak says:
@banker... we know
Backquak says:
@spacemanyo the guy with the lowest score wins, so I think that if they were still playing with persimmon and balata, Tiger would still be in the same place at the top.
homermania says:
19 majors, 83 career wins and a bronze medal.
cmuidiot says:
I'm sure getting distance with a 180cc driver wasn't easy back then but I'm assuming the courses weren't as long as they are now.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Good points. It's one of those unanswerables, like Jordan vs. Chamberlain vs. Abdul-Jabbar vs. Russell vs. Bird vs. Maravich vs................
mustang6560 says:
@SpaceMaNy0- Easy answer - Pistol Pete. No debate!
falcon50driver says:
Ford vs Chevy
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