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It’s a question U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson wasn’t willing to tackle.

“I’m not going to pick because obviously you’ve got the greatest player of all time versus the guy who’s playing better than anybody in our sport,” Simpson said. “What Rory has done this year is remarkable. … But again, to choose a player over Tiger would be tough given what he’s done.”

Perhaps a clearer answer will be revealed in 2013. Woods and McIlroy both start the new season Jan. 17 in Abu Dhabi.