Q. John, one subject that's been brought up this week is kind of the age old argument about the end of Jack's time, the age old argument about Jack had to beat more Hall of Famers, Tiger has to beat a bigger field. What's your thought on that?
JOHN COOK: Tiger Woods would beat the brains out of all those guys. I'll say it right now. He and Jack would be a great duel every week. But I'll take Phil and Ernie and, you know, Retief and, you know, these other guys and put them against Trevino and Palmer and Billy Casper. I'll do that. It's just we have the one guy that is so dominant that he would have dominated anytime, anywhere, with any club, any ball, any condition. So I don't buy it. I mean, I think it would be great. There would be more guys. So I don't -- I don't see that at all.
And I've played with all those guys, so I've seen the Trevinos and the Nicklauses and the Watsons, and I have great respect for them all because I played with them. You know, as great as Jack is or was and, you know, there's a guy coming up that may beat all of his records, but nobody else will ever. These two guys are -- you won't see that again. But you'll see a Lee Trevino and you will see a Tom Watson and you will see a Billy Casper and you will see an Arnold Palmer and you will see those records, yes, but you won't see a Nicklaus or a Woods.
Q. Those guys that are on the top of the leader board with you today, David Gossett or --
JOHN COOK: Could be, yeah. There's a lot of youth with a lot of talent, and it's not going to stop with these guys. We were just talking about it. I see it with my son and who he plays against, and he's 16, and there's a lot more coming, so be ready.
Q. Do you think the Big 3 were off base when they were talking about the current field kind of laying down and not challenging Tiger?
JOHN COOK: I do. I think Tiger is just the best. I mean, don't get me wrong. Nicklaus pretty much had their number too. It wasn't like they went out and beat him up. They didn't beat him up at all. So Nicklaus had their number, Tiger has got everybody else's number and those are just the two greatest players that have ever played the game.
There were great ball strikers and other players, you know, the Hogans, the Sneads, the Joneses, the Nelsons, but that was the next. Those two guys are the tops, and when it's all said and done, I think that all of these other guys' records will come to the top as well. It's just the one -- or the two guys are just so dominant that it's tough for anybody else to get in there.
Like I said, you get them on golf courses like a Southern Hills, a Muirfield, if Tiger goes down, it would be at Muirfield because Hazeltine is -- well, you know what -- another 7,500-yard par 70, but yeah, I think they were a little off base. I really do. I've seen them all in their prime and played with them all in their prime, and these guys today are just as good as those guys. Tiger Woods is just as good or better than Jack so -- it's quite an argument though.
Q. You were playing with Jack when he was in his prime. Did you think anybody else would come along at that point?
JOHN COOK: No. Oh, heck, no. I thought Watson was, you know -- his record didn't show it, but Watson has just an phenomenal record as well, and I thought, my God, we're playing with the greatest player that ever lived, but we didn't know. There may be somebody else that comes along but those two, they have something different and, you know, playing with Tom in his prime, I thought he was phenomenal. I got to see, you know, Hogan hit balls later in his years, and it was a treat. I spent countless thousands and thousands of hours with Venturi, so I know all about that era and those guys, so I have a little bit of experience with all of them and feel like these players today could easily play with those players under the same circumstances, same situations.
JOAN V.T. ALEXANDER: Thank you, John, for joining us.
JOHN COOK: Thank you.
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