Press Pass Streaks Dominance

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Press PassEach week, Golf Channel experts and analysts will offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf. This week, the Press Pass debates the greatest streak in all sports and on which course is Tiger Woods the most dominant.
 
Hot Topic
Tigers PGA TOUR winning streak is now at seven straight. What is the most impressive streak in any sport?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Senior Writer, GolfChannel.com:
One you never hear about. In 1938, Johnny Vander Meer pitched two straight no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds. Think about it. To break that record streak somebody will have to pitch three consecutive no-hitters. Won't ever happen. Second on my list is Nelson's 11. Third, the late Pete Maravich AVERAGED 44.2 points per game for three years at LSU. That's a scoring streak.
 
Kraig Kann Kraig Kann - Host, Golf Channel:
Cal Ripken's consecutive games streak is tops on the chart ... 2131 straight games played; though, I don't have but three streaks at the tip of my tongue. A.C. Green played in the most consecutive NBA games which is impressive. Joe DiMaggio's streak of 56 straight games with a hit. To me, it's Ripken, hands down because of the injury factor. Talent is one thing (Tiger has plenty), durability is another. If Tiger played and won 11 straight events ... now we'd really be talking about something!
 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GolfChannel.com:
There are plenty of streaks that will likely never be broken, but nothing seems to amaze me more than Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Only one person has come within 17 games of that mark since he did it in 1941 -- and that just happened to be Pete Rose, the all-time hits king, who got to 44 in '78. Aside from that, I also find it amazing that Brett Favre has played in 237 straight NFL games (257 including playoffs), a record as a quarterback.
 
Hot Topic
Woods has won at least three times on six different courses on TOUR. On which one is he the most dominant?
 
Hewitt:
Firestone. Five wins there including one that ended in the dark. Talk about a course fitting a player's eye. This one fits Woods' eye even when he can barely see his hand in front of his face.
 
Kann:
Torrey Pines. He's great at Bay Hill and Muirfield and, of course, Augusta. Firestone CC has been a friendly place, too. But he's simply magic at Torrey Pines. Five wins thus far, and now three in a row. I'll go with San Diego.
 
Baggs:
I can't pick St. Andrews, since he's only won there twice. And he seems to have some stiff competition at Augusta National in Phil Mickelson. So, it comes down to Torrey Pines South and Firestone South. He's won five times at each venue. But I think he's been a bit more dominant at Torrey. Aside from his 11-shot win in the 2000 NEC (now the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), his other four victories have either been by one stroke or in playoffs. On the other hand, four of his five Buick Invitational victories have been by multiple shots, including his most recent.
 
Hot Topic
Several notable players are playing this week in Dubai on the European Tour. Should tours pay appearance fees to entice players?
 
Hewitt:
I believe it's an advantage the European Tour needs to be able to compete, full field to full field, with the PGA TOUR. It should be pointed out, the Euros need no help when it comes to competing, 12 players to 12 players, in the Ryder Cup.
 
Kann:
This is a tough question. Some tours have no choice but to offer money to entice big name players to venture overseas. Tiger's talent and stardom means he doesn't have to do anything without compensation. (Not that he always does.) If Tiger doesn't play Nissan (which he's never won) there will be those who say he's chosen Dubai over Nissan and the chance to make it eight straight. Yet, Tiger is the defending champ and Tiger travels and promotes the game worldwide. Is it his fault they're paying him? No. I wish it wasn't an issue, but I don't have a problem with players going global for 'green' so long as they support their own tour.
 
Baggs:
I don't have a problem with it -- on international tours. It's not necessary on the PGA TOUR since that is the game's preeminent arena. But in order for other tours, like the European and Australasian, to stay alive, they need to be able to get notable players to play their events. And the best way to do that is to pay them.
 
Hot Topic
Who you got in the Super Bowl?
 
Hewitt:
Da Bears. By 50, my friend. With a mini-Ditka driving da team bus at da victory parade.
 
Kann:
Da Bears! I'm a Chicago guy and a big Bears fan. I was in college when they dismantled the Patriots, 46-10. I'm not forecasting a similar blowout by any means ... but I love the underdog role and I'll take a one-point win if I can get it. 30-27 Bears ... on a Robbie Gould field goal. Sorry Adam V.; it's not your field goal this time.
 
Baggs:
Bears, 41-14. Peyton Manning never could beat Florida and he'll lose once again to their former quarterback. Just like the Gators stomped Ohio State in the National Championship game, Rex Grossman will lead Chicago to an easy victory -- in Florida, no less.
 
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