Title: Woods finally got magic number 18 ... sort of
Description: AKRON, Ohio – He finally did it. What once seemed like an inevitable journey had stalled in recent years, but came to fruition here at Firestone Country Club on an historic Sunday afternoon. Tiger Woods won No. 18. That’s right – Woods now has 18 career World Golf Championships titles. OK, fine. So it’s not “the” 18. It’s not the magic number he’s spent a lifetime chasing and the rest of us have seemingly spent a lifetime debating. Despite his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn’s post-round tweet saying, “So proud!!!! #79 #GOAT” there are plenty of observers who believe that as long as Woods still hasn’t passed Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major championship titles, he won’t hold the title of Greatest Of All Time. And for good reason. The opinion is inarguable considering even Woods places himself on that side of the debate. It’s exactly why he wants so desperately to break the record. So that he can be considered the greatest. It’s impossible to argue in favor of a guy who doesn’t argue in favor of himself. Winning the most majors should come affixed with the title of Greatest Of All Time. It makes sense. The player who wins the most at the ones that mean the most deserves to hold that honor. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other superlatives which should belong to Tiger. He is the Most Commanding Of All Time. Tiger’s record when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead at a major is the stuff of legend. He is 14 for 15, the only misstep coming at the 2009 PGA Championship. The rest of his closing numbers easily resemble those. Woods is now 53 for 57 in that position on the PGA Tour; he is 42 for 44 when holding the outright 54-hole lead. Such numbers aren’t available for legends of previous generations, but know this: They weren’t close to what Woods has compiled.