Golf is often considered a sport for the wealthy. Despite this prestige that we hold onto, it is a system that attracts fans at every tournament. But do you know the greatest practitioners in the history of this club? This is our list of the 10 best of all time.
10. Gary Player
On the PGA Tour, Gary Player 24 has achieved success among others. He’s a golfer who jogs around the world. South Africa has won many tournaments and has nearly 60 victories in South Africa. His number of career wins is estimated to be around 165. Of the twenty-four victories won, nine were won in the major tournaments. Gary Bayer is also on the list of golfers who have won a Grand Slam tournament.
9. Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson’s record on the PGA Tour is very rich and full of titles. In all, he has 52 victories including five major titles. Byron Nelson is retiring from golf at the age of 34. During 52 professional successes on the PGA Tour, the golfer won half between 1944 and 1945. He also composed in 1945 an amazing season with 18 wins, 11 of them in a row. Which led him to the title of PGA Champion. It should be noted, however, that World War II did not allow tournaments to be played for several years. We will never know if a player has added other trophies to his roster.
8- Tom Watson
Tom Watson comes in at number eight in our ranking of the best golfers of all time. The Kansas City golfer has 39 PGA Tour victories, including eight major championships. Tom has been voted PGA Tour Player of the Year 6 times. In fact, between 1975 and 1988 it was hard to find a better golfer at the Masters. Tom Watson scored one of the best shots of his golf career in 1982 when he beat his top rival Nicklaus at the US Open.
7. Phil Mickelson
Golfer Phil Mickelson has racked up 44 wins including five major tournaments during the Tiger Woods era. He is one of only 16 players in golf history to have won at least three of the four professional majors in the field. The only Grand Slam he couldn’t win was the US Open. Mickelson has been in the world’s top 10 golfers for over 700 weeks. At times, the hang of second place in the world happens to him multiple times. The surname Lefty, which he bears, comes from his left hand.
6. Bobby Jones
At that time, there were only 4 championships (British and American Open Championships). Bobby Jones would win events 13 times and win 4 competitions in 1930, the equivalent of a Grand Slam. The best, in 7 years the golfer won four US Opens and three championships. He also won 5 US Amateur Champion titles. Jones’ brilliant professional career was cut short when the golfer retired at the age of 28. Since then, no professional golfer has performed better than him in such a short time.
5. Walter Hagen
Hagen Walter was a player with an explosive and strong personality. His career was instrumental in the development of professional golf. In total, 44 wins were recorded to his tally on the PGA Tour. With his total of 11 championships combined, he is proudly listed among our top 10 golfers of all time for good reason. In all, Hagen won five PGA Championship titles, four British Open titles, and two US Open titles. Along with Tiger Woods and Jack Niclaus, Walter Hagen is part of the trident of golfers who have won more than 10 majors during their career.
4. Arnold Palmer
American golfer Arnold Palmer is known worldwide as one of the pioneers of his sport. His record on the PGA Tour is rich in titles. Nicknamed “The King”, Palmer won 62 championships over a 20-year period, including seven majors from 1958 to 1964. In total throughout his career, Palmer won four Masters, twice a British Championship and a PGA title. Besides his great achievement, Arnold is also known for making the British Open a staple competition for American golfers.
3. Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan’s career was somewhat disrupted by a tragic car accident. But despite this delicate period, the golfer dominated the PGA Tour from 1946 to 1953. If this tragedy didn’t slow his momentum, it wouldn’t be impossible to see him mark golf’s history. He climbed the tournaments in which he participated with his immense talent.
Between 1940 and 1956, Hogan would play 32 major tournaments, and he would be cited even among the top 10 golfers of all of them. In addition, he will win 9 in total. In 1948, he was voted the PGA Player of the Year thanks to his victory in the US Open as well as being crowned the PGA Championship in the same year.
In 1953, Ben Hogan became the first player to sign three major titles in one season. So far, he and Tiger Woods are the only golfers to have achieved this feat in the sport. In addition, Hogan is among the five players who have achieved a Grand Slam tournament.
2. Jack Nicklaus
Nicklaus is the most successful professional golfer in the majors with a total of 18 titles. He also holds second place in 19 other disciplines. His record of 73 PGA Tour titles is the third best in golf.
The two men who have surpassed him in terms of wins are Sam Snead and Tiger Woods. Jack Nicklaus dominated most of the best golfers of his era. Even at the age of 46, he had all the clarity to beat famous players like Ballesteros and Norman who were in much better shape.
His sixth Masters win in 1986 would be one of the best moments of his career. Nicklaus will be able to rank in the top 5 56 times. At the height of his career between 1971 and 1977, Jack found himself in the top five and 23 times out of 28 majors, also winning 6 times.
1- Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is by far our rating leader. The American is rightfully considered the best golfer of all time. At the age of 43, he brilliantly won the fifth Augusta Masters title and the fifteenth major title of his career, eleven years after his last great victory.
To this day, Jack Nicklaus’ record of major wins remains unparalleled. Jack has won 18 majors while Woods now has 15 with his new title win in 2019. Sure, the number of wins is a big factor in ranking golfers, but we also look at the different situations.
From the number of wins and control of the Majors to huge seasons and legendary victories, Tiger Woods has been a true performer on the PGA Tour for many years. The golfer achieves all his exploits during the most prolific and illustrious period in the history of golf.
Catch ! Woods signed to 14 majors between 1997 and 2008. In the early 2000s, he won four majors in a row, and became the only golfer to hold all four titles at the same time. With 81 successes on the PGA Tour, he has also won the PGA Tour Golfer of the Year 10 times.
Here are the 10 best golfers of all time. Do you know who are definitely not in our ranking? Let’s know.