While golf has been around for a very long time, there was perhaps no bigger time in golf history than in the 2000’s. This was largely due to Tiger Woods who put golf in the mind of many casual sports fans. However, there were numerous other talented golfers around during this time that simply didn’t get the attention they deserved due to the presence of Tiger and other players. Here are three of those men.
1. Kenny Perry
This guy deserves a spot on this list simply because of the fact that maybe 10% of the people who read this article will actually know who he is. He has been a staple in the PGA tour for decades and while he debuted in 1982, it was his success in the 2000s that put him on the proverbial map. 11 of his 14 PGA tour wins came in the 2000s and he was also in a few different playoffs at various majors, including the Masters in 2009.
2. Vijay Singh
While hardcore fans know the name, they likely don’t know just how good and dominant Vijay was for a long period of time. He was in the top 3 golfers throughout the 2000s and like a few others, was overshadowed by Tiger Woods. Singh won 3 majors in the 2000s, countless other wins and was a money leader on three separate occasions. He was also the number one golfer in the world for 32 weeks during the years 2004 and 2005. His preparation was unmatched and though he gets some recognition, it simply is not as much as he deserves.
3. Phil Mickelson
Now this may seem strange to golf fans as Mickelson gets his due in the golf community and is appreciated by most, but hear me out. With the resume and skills Mickelson has out there on the course, if he had been around in any era other than the Tiger Woods era, he would’ve been thought as one of the absolute best players of all time, but now, he is seen by most as second best of his time. Mickelson has 42 wins on the PGA tour, five major championships (three of which are Masters wins). These accomplishments easily make him one of the best of all time, but unfortunately, his career is largely overshadowed by Woods.