Sam Snead, when asked about who was the greatest of all time, said that all you can really do is beat the guys you play against. Tiger, without a shadow of a doubt, was the greatest player of his generation. Should that not be good enough?
It seems that Tiger may never be fully fit again. But I find it hard to imagine that he won't play again. In fact, I've already suggested that he'll tee it up at the Masters in the Spring. He has even talked, after his Time magazine interview, about being a playing assistant captain at the next Ryder Cup. That doesn't sound like a guy who is about to retire from the game. That doesn't sound to me like a guy who is ready to throw in the towel.
Tiger Woods was the greatest golfer of his generation. He may not break Jack's record for Major wins. He may not even surpass Sam Snead for most PGA tour wins. He will definitely never win eighteen in a season and eleven in a row, like Byron Nelson. But the guy was the best of his day. He was in a league of his own.
That, I would think, should be good enough.