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April 30, 2012
In sports, greatness is judged in part by your competition. While both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are great, Nicklaus won 18 majors against golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Other than Phil Mickelson, who else has Tiger Woods taken down in majors who can compare with Nicklaus's rivals throughout his career?
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April 30, 2012

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In sports, greatness is judged in part by your competition. While both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are great, Nicklaus won 18 majors against golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. Other than Phil Mickelson, who else has Tiger Woods taken down in majors who can compare with Nicklaus's rivals throughout his career?

John Pearce, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Amateur Status

Just think of how many majors Woods would have (Scorecard) if the PGA still included the U.S. and British Amateur tournaments as major championships. Bobby Jones held the record for most majors (13) before Nicklaus bested him in 1973. Six of Jones's 13 majors were in those amateur tournaments. Nicklaus won the 1959 and '61 U.S. Amateur championships, while Woods won in '94, '95 and '96. If you added these wins, Nicklaus's total would be 20 and Woods would have 17, just three shy of the record.

Steven Chappell, North Syracuse, N.Y.

Forgotten Bests

I enjoyed reading your package on the No. 1 fan experiences in sports (Oh, the Places You Can Go). However, I wondered about the omission of the Kentucky Derby. Every year on the first Saturday in May, more than 150,000 people flock to Churchill Downs in lavish attire, sip mint juleps and watch the most exciting two minutes in all of sports.

Adam Edwards, Laguna Hills, Calif.

I fully understand that when "Best of ..." lists are created, something is always left off. Still, how could you not include the Army-Navy game? No matter where the teams play, this rivalry is a wonderful sporting experience, rich in both history and tradition, that all fans enjoy.

Tim Cole, St. Louis

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