0 of 12
Matt Slocum / Associated Press
It is the most wonderful time of year for a golfing event.
OK, maybe it's a stretch. However, there is a renewed interest in the game this holiday season thanks to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who will throw on November 23th in Capital One's Match: Tiger vs Phil.
The payment event goes to $ 19.99 through vendors that include B / R Live, and both competitors have said they will donate a piece of $ 9 million winner-take-all bags to different charities, according to GolfChannel.com.
The transitional competition has made us think of Woods and Mickelson's places among the game's all-time greats, which gave rise to the following slideshows, which includes our choices for the top 12.
Spoiler alert, both Woods and Mickelson included.
Note: "Wins" in total depends on what wins you think (PGA wins only or a combination of others). Here is information from the World Golf Hall of Fame website.
1 of 12
Stuart Franklin / Getty Images
majors: 5 (3 Masters; 1 British Open; 1 PGA)
Seemed a Surefire Star when he became a professional in 1992, it was a while before Phil Mickelson broke through to quit the title "Major Champion" with a victory at Masters 2004, but he has won that event twice and is three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam-something just 15 others can say.
His 43 PGA Tour winner is ninth on the all-time list, and his career income has improved 88 million dollars, thanks to no less than 193 top 10 goals in 595 career events, a 32.4 percent cut.
His latest victory, at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship, arrived in March 2018 at the age of 47 and was his first since he captured the 2013 British Open.
2 of 12
Stephen Munday / Getty Images
majors: 5 (2 Masters; 1 U.S. Open; 2 PGAs)
It was 73 years ago, but the state is still jumping off the side. Byron Nelson won not only 18 PGA Tour events in 1945, but took a devastating 11 in a row to set a standard OK, we say it – it will never be seriously approached, even less broken.
But it's not like it's all "Lord Byron" completed. In fact, the lush Texan was a five-time winner and captured 52 PGA Tour events in all, good for sixth in history. He won three of the 10 majors that were played during the 1940-1945 war-wrecking battle and were fifth or better in all but one.
A "gambler" before the term was invented, he was a top 10 painter in 28 majors, including 21 top fives.
3 of 12
Peter Dazeley / Getty Images
majors: 7 (1 Masters; 2 US Open; 1 British Open; 3 PGAs)
Gene Sarazen perhaps wrote the most famous golf shot in history, the remarkable double eagle of August 15, who helped him throw him to the 1935 championship championship.
But that's not all he achieved.
A winner for the first time at the age of 19, Sarazen continued to be the first winner of his career Grand Slam when he finished the above-mentioned Masters triumph and added a pair of American Opens (1922, 1932), a British Open (1932) and three PGAs , 1923, 1933). Only four players have joined forces in the next 83 years, illustrating the huge performance.
4 of 12
majors: 11 (2 U.S. Openings; 4 British Openings; 5 PGAs)
When you are one of only three players who ever reach double digit majors and guys together with you Nicklaus and Woods, you are well deserved good company. Add the act that the masters did not start until after Walter Hags premiere, and it's an even more impressive achievement.
The garden won 11 of 37 majors held in 1914 and 1929, a 29.7 percent cut that grabs Tiger Woods between 1997 and 2008 (29.1 percent) and exceeds Jack Nicklaus from 1962 to 1986 (18 percent).
He was labeled by the World Golf Hall of Fame as "the world's first full time tournament professional" and was a deadly head-to-head enemy who won the PGA four straight times (1924-1927) when it was a match-play event.
5 of 12
majors: 9 (3 Masters; 3 British Open; 1 U.S. Open; 2 PGAs)
While some players succeed in their respective back yards, Gary Player was a man for all courses in almost all countries, who won on all continents beyond the Antarctic.
He was a big winner in the 20s, 30s and 40s, something that even Tiger Woods can not say (yet) – joining Woods and just three others as winner of the Grand Slam career.
Although he was truly a great player and a consistent player, he probably was never the best in the world at any time, which keeps him down in the rankings than he would otherwise have been able to achieve.
6 of 12
Uncredited / Associated Press
majors: 8 (2 Masters; 5 British Open; 1 U.S. Open)
The window was not open long, comparatively but Tom Watson was surely a superstar while it was.
He caught the British Open five times in nine years between 1975 and 1983 and added a few seconds in 1984 and 2009. Only two other players have ever won the same big five times. Three other majors came to Masters (twice) and the US Open, not to mention eight overall runner-up placements, and he finished in the top ten on each head at least 10 times.
He was this year's PGA player six times in eight years from 1977 to 1984 and was as good a film as a late prime Jack Nicklaus ever had.
7 of 12
majors: 7 (3 British Open; 4 U.S. Openings)
Various lists have him in different places, but few claim that Bobby Jones was the first superstar of the golf.
His already impressive big numbers jump from seven to 13 when you consider the majors during his time, including American amateur and British amateur, which he won a combined six times in addition to the three British openings and four American openings he also earned.
He won all four pre-master majors in 1930, which created what was later called "Grand Slam."
Jones was also one of the founders of the champions and retired early in the age of 28, but he influenced the game beyond his years.
8 of 12
Anonymous / Associated Press
majors: 7 (4 Masters; 1 US Open; 2 British Open)
If you were a golfer at the end of the 1950s and early 1960s, there is a chance that Arnold Palmer had a lot to do with it.
"Arnie" was responsible for packed galleries watching television sets during that stretch as he packed each of his seven majors-including four at Masters-and was the first competitor for a young phenomenon called Nicklaus.
He also finished second in 10 more majors, including three times in 18-hole playoffs on U.S. Open.
Yet his influence on the game of precious few matches, and his death in 2016 at the age of 87 was shouted far and wide.
9 of 12
Uncredited / Associated Press
PGA Tour wins: 128
majors: 7 (3 Masters; 1 British Open; 3 PGAs)
Sam Snead won more PGA Tour events than any player before or after, which more than returns such a high ranking on a full-time greats list.
He collected seven majors along the way too, and he may have won much more if he did not miss many opportunities during the war years in the early 1940s. He never won the US Open even though he reached the top 10, no less than a dozen times.
The greatness did not disappear early either, as evidenced by a tie for the third in 1974 PGA in his early 60's and his status as the oldest man to capture a PGA Tour event, at the age of 52 in 1965.
10 of 12
RH / Associated Press
PGA Tour wins: 64
majors: 9 (2 Masters; 4 US Open; 1 British Open; 2 PGAs)
Ben Hogan was the world's best player both before and after a close-fatal car crash that cost him the 1949 season, winning three majors before and six later. Included in that stretch was a drive where he caught eight of 11 majors he entered and ended in battle in all the others.
Remarkably consistent, he was a top 10 finisher in 31 of 32 majors from 1940 to 1956 and served as standing in 40 of 58 overall or 69 percent in his career.
It's almost 20 percent better than Tiger Woods and almost 25 percent superior Jack Nicklaus.
11 of 12
Joe Benton / Associated Press
majors: 18 (6 Masters; 4 US Open; 3 British Open; 5 PGAs)
If you judge greatness through the depth and breadth of your career, nobody can handle Jack Nicklaus.
He won more PGA Tour events than all but two men and he has bigger championships than anything, not to mention 19 prominent placements in the same contest tournaments.
Fans of a certain age recall their dominance from the 1960s and 1970s, while one generation younger can track their contact with the game back to 1986 masters, where a 46-year-old "Golden Bear" gathered the weakest and perhaps most memorable, gaining his career.
The most consistently big player who ever lived won Nicklaus at least twice on the PGA Tour for 17 straight years, from 1962 to 1978. And no list that ranks him No. 1 needs to excuse it.
12 of 12
Chuck Burton / Associated Press
majors: 14 (4 Masters; 3 US Open; 3 British Open; 4 PGAs)
But when it comes to a man's top against another, no Tiger Woods comes.
Not even Jack Nicklaus.
Woods was golfing at the front of almost every magazine and website in America 1997-2008, when he won each of his 14 career masters, a winning percentage of 29.1 in 48 tournaments with fields that featured names like Mickelson, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Davis Love III, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie.
He has won his career Grand Slam three times and created "Tiger Slam" 2000-01 when he became the governor of each of the four majors, a achievement never achieved.
No less than an authority than Mickelson says it was the best game ever played.
"I do not believe anyone today who was not there to witness it, and I do not believe anyone before, will ever see that level again," Mickelson told ESPN in May. "I'm looking at 2000 as the kind of benchmark in the U.S. Open and is the best golf I've ever seen and I think ever been played."
The remarkable run ended at the US Open 2008 and has since been snuffed by injury and scandal, but Woods finished his 2018 season with the tournament championship win and returned to ranking 13th in the world. Perhaps then, No. 15 not far away. And if that happens, it will be the biggest sporting story this year.