“Really Speaks Volume”-Michael Phelps Heaps Praise on Tiger Woods for His GOAT Legacy in Golf

Published 03/10/2022, 11:14 AM EST
Olympic champion Michael Phelps alongside Golf legend Tiger Woods

There are no words to explain the dominance of Tiger Woods. Although his victories are impressive, it is the way he got to the top, that captures the imagination of every sports fan. Fighting against all the odds, he made comebacks when there was no hope. Hence, the PGA tour released a video of his legacy with many sporting legends talking about the golfer; including, Michael Phelps.

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Phelps is an ardent follower of golf and holds the record for the longest televised putt in the world. From one champion to another, he added some points to Woods’ illustrious career. Not only him, but many other legends also came up to give their tributes.

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Michael Phelps explains the struggles of being at the top

Along with Phelps, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, Serena Williams, Annika Sorenstam, and Jerry Rice; celebrated his wonderful career and spoke about the golfer’s legendary antics. Phelps, in the meantime, spoke about the player’s will to win and the ability to stay on top. With all the scrutiny he faced in his career, Woods’ love for the sport kept him on top, as seen with his sensational victory at the Augusta Masters in 2019. Thus, Phelps gave his views on what a world-class athlete does when he reached the top.

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“The easiest climb in the world is to the top of the mountain. Staying at the top of the mountain is the absolute hardest thing in the world. It really speaks volumes of a person’s drive, a person’s will. He’s got everything,” said Phelps.

As he said, he’s got everything. In his career, he has won 18 majors, recorded 82 PGA tour wins, and created many other records in his life. Thus, his legacy is truly stunning. On the other hand, the tribute by Phelps is similar to his career as he stayed on top for a long time.

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods reacting to Cameron Kuchar draining a long putt on the 17th green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Drawing out an incredible legacy for himself

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While Woods dominated the golf courses, Phelps dominated the swimming pool. Winning 28 Olympic medals is just a testament to the work he put in his career. Significantly, many countries do not have 23 gold medals in their entire Olympic Games appearances. It is truly special that fans of this generation witnessed the legacy of these two athletes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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A fantastic video, nonetheless, it celebrates the life and legacy of Woods, who dominated the sport. Injuries did not keep him down as he made innumerable returns to provide some of the greatest golfing moments of all time.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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