Tiger Woods, the greatest golfer in this generation and perhaps the most recognizable current athlete on the planet, has never truly had a rival. Sure Phil Mickelson has his followers, Vijay Singh had his run-ins with Woods, and Rory McIlroy may be the next thing. But Tiger Woods has never had that one person who could consistently challenge him on the course, draw the best out of him, and occasionally beat him head to head while looking him in the eye. Palmer had Nicklaus, Nicklaus had Watson, and Woods has... Bob May? Y.E. Yang?
While never being able to best him on the course, Sergio Garcia has been the closest thing Woods has had to a rival off the course. The two golfers have never been close and Garcia's exuberance and emotion, especially seen during intense Ryder Cup matches with the two on different sides, paints a completely different portrait compared to Woods' stoicism. The differences between Woods and Garcia reportedly date back to the made-for-TV Battle at Bighorn in 2000 when Garcia beat Woods in a match play event and celebrated his victory a little too much for Woods' liking. Over the years, resentment grew and came to a boiling point at this year's Players Championship.no comments