PGA Tour filled with talent top to bottom

Ryan Palmer holds the trophy after winning the Sony Open.
Ryan Palmer holds the trophy after winning the Sony Open. ( Associated Press )

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ryan Palmer’s Sony Open victory is the latest evidence that the PGA Tour is deeper with talent than ever. More so than a generation or three ago, winners can come from far down in the pack. In Palmer’s case, he rose from 150th in earnings last year to winning the first full-field event of 2010.

It follows that I agree with Gary Player's take regarding the competition faced by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods (made years before The Hydrant incident):

Nicklaus had a more difficult task winning major championships because he competed against more upper-echelon, Hall of Fame type players. And it’s harder for Woods to win regular Tour events because there is much more depth now than when the Golden Bear played.