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Woods, Norman ranked as top players since 1980

Tiger Woods at the 2013 Farmers Insurance Open
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This week, Golf World released a list of the top 100 golfers of the "modern era" - defined as 1980 to the present day. While the name at No. 1 might not be a surprise, the placement of several others near the top could elicit some debate.

The list was compiled based upon a mathematical formula that sought to "highlight a player's best golf." The report noted that solely comparing major championship trophies "grossly oversimplifies" things, opting instead to offer a 50 percent bump for winning one of golf's four biggest tournaments.

"In the process, we wanted to create a statistical chronicle of the best in their prime years," wrote editor-in-chief Jaime Diaz, "in essence answering the question, 'How good was their good?'"

With 14 major titles under his belt, Tiger Woods came in as a clear No. 1, though he was followed by a man with just two majors to his name - Greg Norman, who spent 331 weeks atop the world rankings during his career. Norman was followed on the list by Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus, who won three of his 18 majors during the '80s.

Though he won six majors from 1987-96, Nick Faldo ranked only 10th on the list, well behind Norman, the man who he notably passed to win his third green jacket in 1996, and one spot below 24-year-old Rory McIlroy.

A sample of the rankings for other active players included Vijay Singh (fifth), Ernie Els (sixth), Jim Furyk (13th), Retief Goosen (17th), Sergio Garcia (21st), Adam Scott (22nd), Luke Donald (25th), Steve Stricker (32nd), Justin Rose (45th), Dustin Johnson (49th), Henrik Stenson (55th), Zach Johnson (61st), Jason Dufner (67th), and Matt Kuchar (93rd).