Top Rivals to Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is the best golfer of all time.  But, have you ever wondered who his biggest rivals were?  Not just he played against, but in the annals of history how does he compare with the all-time greats?

These are players who have played the best and provided the toughest challenge to Tiger being known as the best player. Throughout the years that he has played golf, he has been able to provide the best opposition to the players who he has played with.

He has been compared to some players with extra ordinary skills who have given him the biggest rivalry in the game.  Here is our top list.

1. Jack Nicklaus

This is the opponent that many people regard as the best.  His accomplishments offer the highest level of competition to Tiger Woods. Many people also say that to some extent this golfer is better than Tiger Woods but it’s difficult to make a direct comparison due to playing in different eras.

He had the skills and knowledge on how to best play the game and even Tiger himself has acknowledged that he is one of the best players ever. He has the record that Tiger sought most in terms of total major victories.

2. Trevor Immelman

Many people refer to him as the one hit wonder who was able to offer the best competition to Woods in his career. He took Tiger down in one of the best Masters tournaments of all time.  Though he didn’t go head to head with Woods many other times and didn’t win near as many tournaments.

3. Phil Mickelson

This is one of the players who have had the ability to win three major tournaments. He took down Tiger at the Masters back in 2004.  How good would Mickelson have been if he didn’t have to go directly against Tiger in his prime?  He could have won a lot more golf tournaments.

4. Ben Hogan

Though he struggled for many years to become a good golf player, Ben was able to accomplish a lot after he figured things out.  Known as having an excellent swing and an unmatched work ethic, he really paved the way for Palmer and Nicklaus.

5. Bobby Jones

The original pioneer of American golf.  He won more times than anyone else during his era.  He dominated all amateur and professional golf.  He won the grand slam of golf and is considered to be one of the all-time greats for good reason.

You might also want to check out Tiger’s best wins of all time.  We include videos so you can check out all of the highlights.