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.

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.

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