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Tiger Woods was in a jovial mood when speaking to the media this week, ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods names his ultimate Mount Rushmore of golfers

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Ahead of the start of the Ryder Cup this Friday, Tiger Woods has given his pick for who would make his all-time Mount Rushmore of golfers.

Fresh from his victory at the season-ending Tour Championship - and his return to the winners circle for the first time since his much publicised back surgeries starting in 2014 - Woods has been in fantastic spirits when speaking with the media all week.

Woods' return to form, and first victory within golf for over five year, has dominated talk within the sport over the past fortnight.

Now, whilst preparing for one of the most anticipated Ryder Cup's in recent memory, Woods has named the four golfers that he thinks stand above all else, and deserve to sit on a golfing equivalent of the legendary Mount Rushmore.

In a video posted on the official Ryder Cup USA Twitter account, Woods remained true to his American allegiance, naming legendary golfers Sam Snead, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus, alongside himself.

Snead, who remained one of the world's best golfers across four decades (1930's to 1960s), won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven Majors.

Despite his unprecedented success in the sport, Slammin' Sammy - as he was famously termed - never managed to add a US Open title to his trophy cabinet, coming close on four occasions, however, as runner-up.

Bobby Jones, who founded the Augusta National Golf Club, and helped to co-found the Masters Tournament, dominated golf throughout much of the 1920's and 30's - remaining one of the most successful and dominant amateur golfers ever to grace the course to this day. 

Jack Nicklaus, more commonly known by his icon nickname 'The Golden Bear', retired in 2005 after a 25-year career which saw him rank third on the all-time list of PGA Tour wins, with an immense haul of 73 victories in total.

With Snead and Nicklaus sitting in first and third on the all-time list of PGA wins respectively, Woods' nominees for his Mount Rushmore of golf left room only for the man who occupies the second spot - Woods himself. 

Currently sitting on 80 career wins - just two behind Snead, and in seven years fewer (23 years currently, to Snead's 30 year career) - many have tipped Woods to fulfil the predictions made about him as a junior, and become the most successful golfer in the history of the sport.

And with Tiger back to winning ways, and with almost the entirety of the golfing community behind him once again, not a lot of people would bet against him doing so. 

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