Bragging about this would be akin to bragging about tying my shoes, so I’ll just shrug and sigh, and laugh at how predictable (and awful) the golf media is.
For, you see, Fox Sports’s Shane Bacon has pulled the precise same subterfuge ESPN used in the tweet I analyzed just this morning.
Bacon sees ESPN’s Watson and raises them a Nicklaus. The topic is player performance following a multiple-major-winning year:
- Rory McIlroy (2014) — 0 majors, 2 PGA Tour wins
- Padraig Harrington (2008) — 0 majors, 0 PGA Tour wins
- Tiger Woods (2006) — 1 major, 7 PGA Tour wins
- Woods (2005) — 2 majors, 8 PGA Tour wins
- Woods (2002) — 0 majors, 5 PGA Tour wins
- Woods (2000) — 1 major, 5 PGA Tour wins
- Mark O’Meara (1998) — 0 majors, 0 PGA Tour wins
- Nick Price (1994) — 0 majors, 0 PGA Tour wins
- Nick Faldo (1990) — 0 majors, 0 PGA Tour wins (1 European Tour win)
- Tom Watson (1982) — 1 major, 1 PGA Tour win
- Jack Nicklaus (1980) — 0 majors, 0 PGA Tour wins
Here’s Bacon’s little summation:
What this tells us is, outside of Tiger Woods in his prime, it’s really, really tough to follow up a multiple-major season with anything that looks remotely close to what you just accomplished.
Damn! Nicklaus ain’t shit, is he? He couldn’t even win a damned event after he won multiple majors. Of course, he was 41 years old, having won two majors in his 40th year. Watson, for his part, won one event, which happened to be a major.
Let’s add Watson and Nicklaus prior to Bacon’s very convenient cutoff year of 1980:
- Watson (1977) — 0 majors, 5 wins
- Nicklaus (1975) — 0 majors, 2 wins
- Nicklaus (1972) — 1 major, 7 wins
- Nicklaus (1966) — 1 major, 5 wins
- Nicklaus (1963) — 0 majors, 4 wins
Now, reconsider Bacon’s words:
What this tells us is, outside of Tiger Woods in his prime, it’s really, really tough to follow up…
No, what this tells us is that you are dishonest. The Prop Up Tiger movement needs to either (1) show the complete data for Watson, Nicklaus, et al, or (2) leave them off your idiotic Woodstistics.
[By the way, I’m open to alternative names for “stupidstics” (example: this is historic; he is the fourth player to make a hole-in-one after an earlier triple bogey on the same nine on a course with Bermuda greens) and “Woodstistics” (Example: Woods had a better year at age 21 than Spieth at age 21 because Woods only missed one cut whereas Spieth missed four. Just ignore the fact that Spieth had more wins, including two majors.)]