Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tiger Vs. Roger, Who Ya Got?

They are both simple champions, solely focused on winning, winning and more winning. Without creating much controversy amidst heaps of media attention and world-wide pressure, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer define greatness in their respective sports. So who is the better champion?

(unmatched Focus when wearing red)

Woods has won fourteen professional major golf championships, the second highest of any male player, and 66 PGA Tour events, third all time. He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour.

Woods has held the number one position in the world rankings for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record nine times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has tied Jack Nicklaus' record of leading the money list in eight different seasons. He has been named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year a record-tying four times, and is the only person to be named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year more than once.

Since his record-breaking win at the 1997 Masters Tournament, golf's increased popularity is attributed to Woods' presence. He is credited for dramatically increasing prize money in golf, generating interest in new audiences as the first person of African American descent to win the Masters, and for drawing the largest TV audiences in golf history.

(pinpoint skills with the racket... even on clay)

Federer holds numerous records in the sport, including 14 Grand Slam men's singles titles (3 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 5 Wimbledon, 5 US Open), equalling the all-time record with Pete Sampras. Federer is only the sixth male player to achieve a career Grand Slam.

As of July 2009, he has reached at least the semi-finals of 20 consecutive grand slam tournaments. Federer has also equaled Ivan Lendl's all-time record of 19 grand slam finals. As a result of Federer's success in tennis, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 4 consecutive years (2005–08).

(They also enjoy a clean shave)

Clearly Tiger is the more decorated athlete of the two, but Roger Federer is no slouch himself. His rivalry with Rafael Nadal is on par (no pun intended) with that of Tiger and Phil Mickelson. They are the pinnacle of their games and both at the top of their careers talent-wise. That being said, the future looks very scary for the rest of the Tennis and Golf worlds respectively. My vote says Tiger in the long run will go down as the greater champion all around, but if Roger wins one more major championship he will certainly be remembered as the greatest tennis player of all time.


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