By Chuck Garbedian Special to Published Mar 31, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I have always answered the question by saying, "Tiger is the greatest of our time and when he passes Jack for career major wins, he will be the greatest of all-time..."

I have to tell you, if you're a golf fan and even if you aren't, Sunday's finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill provided some of the greatest golf drama in some time. As a matter of fact, the last time we had the sweet taste of something like Eldrick's come-from-behind victory at The King's course, it was last June. That's when El Tigre, playing on one leg, put a cherry atop the United States Open at Torrey Pines -- his 14th major championship.

Woods began Sunday in Orlando trailing Sean O'Hair by five strokes. While O'Hair didn't completely fold, he did buckle. While Woods didn't run over O'Hair, he did run him down and then pass him (with a wink and a nod) by playing the kind of golf we've come to expect him to play. Woods did his best Jack Nicklaus imitation, hanging around and letting the field come back to him while doing just enough to stay in the mix and ultimately notch his 66th PGA Tour victory.

Of course, when the tournament was his to be had, Woods did what he does best. He delivered. Some athletes are born with a sense of the moment. Although there is no clear-cut way to define this, Woods seems to make every pressure putt he attempts. When it counts, he delivers. If you are on the professional golf stage, you might put yourself in position and possibly win a major, but there is no way you win 14 majors by accident and Tiger Woods in no accidental golfer.

On Sunday's 18th green at Bay Hill -- with God, the King, NBC and all eyes on him -- Woods poured his final stroke of the fading day into the middle of the cup. You knew it was going in, I knew it was going in, Johnny Miller knew it was going in, Tiger knew it was going in and yet when it did tumble into the bottom of the glass, the concussion from that stroke was heard all around the game of golf.

Going into the 2008 season, Tiger spoke to the fact that he felt he could win the Modern Grand Slam, that he had won four tournaments in a row before and all he had to do was win the "right" four tournaments in a row to accomplish a feat no other professional golfer has attained. Last season that seemed so possible, simply because Tiger said he could do it.

Now, after an eight-month layoff, reconstructive knee surgery, the birth of a son and a victory in only his third start back on Tour, Tiger isn't talking about the Modern Grand Slam as he did last season. We are.

And should he (gasp!) win the Grand Slam in 2009? Well, then he would be tied with Nicklaus for all-time major wins with 18. As is often the case with Woods, it would be the kind of accomplishment that doesn't just answer a question, but instead makes a statement.


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Chuck has more than a decade of experience in many aspects of the golf industry -- from sales to teaching to hosting radio talk shows. He has been media chairman for the Greater Milwaukee Open since 1992, has served as women's golf coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College and is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America. He currently does work for PGA TOUR Network on SIRIUS XM Radio.