Top 10 Best Golfers of All Time

10. Byron Nelson

John Byron Nelson Jr was a competent golfer amidst the years of 1935 to 1946, known to be one of the best golfers of all time. He has achieved to win many championships but is known for winning consistent 11 championships and 18 championships in 1945. He was given the Bob Jones Award, known as the most significant honor provided by the United States Golf Association for distinct sportsmanship. Byron Nelson received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award (1997) and was also added to the Hall of Fame. He was given the Old Tom Morris Award (1994) by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and, again, after his death, received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2006.

9. Tom Watson

Thomas Sturges Watson is a professional golfer in the PGA Tour Champions, priorly on the PGA Tour. During the 1970s and 1980s, Watson had won eight dominant championships and lead the PGA Tour money list 5 times. As per McCormack’s World Golf Rankings, he held the number one spot between 1978 to 1982. He won the Masters and Open Championship in 1977 and the US Open in 1982. In his overall career, he won the Masters two times and five Open Championships. Watson even won the Ryder Cup in 1993.

8. Gary Player

Gary Player was an ex-professional golf athlete known to be one of the best golfers of all time. He achieved to win 9 of the Major Championships during the normal tour and more 9 multiple championships on the Champions Tour during his career. He is also known to have won the U.S. Open (1965) at the age of 29 and became the first non-American to have won all four titles in a single career, described as the Career Grand Slam. In his whole career, he has won 150 competent championships over six continents and got added to the Hall of Fame in 1974. Gary Player was nicknamed Black Knight and Mr. Fitness all around the globe.

7. Walter Hagen

Walter Charles Hagen is an ex-professional golf athlete and a dominant figure in golf during the first half of the 2000s. He has won 11 competent majors and is known as one of the best golfers of all time. Hagen has achieved to win the U.S Open twice, won the British Open in the year of 1922, and won the Claret Jug thrice.
He had won the PGA Championship as a record-breaking five times and the Western Open for five times.
That, too, at such a time when it was known as a significant championship recognition. Hagen has 45 PGA wins and is a six-time runner-up Ryder Cup Captain.

6. Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer is a golfer, known as one of the world’s most outstanding athletes of all time. He has won multiple events during both the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions circuit. Fans nicknamed him as The King, as he was one of the sport’s most famous and popular stars and the earliest superstar in the 1950s during the sports television times. During his career time of almost six decades, he has won around 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973 and is ranked fifth in the Tour’s all-time victory list. Palmer won 7 many championships during six years dominating the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters. He was one of the first 13 members of the Main Hall of Fame in the year 1974.

5. Bobby Jones

Robert Tyres Jones Jr, popularly known as Bobby Jones, was an ex-golfer who helped in founding the Masters Championship. During the 1920s and 1930s, he prevailed on the top-level events and played against the globe’s best golfers. He has played in 31 majors, winning 13 and being in the top 10 finishers list for 27 times. He may be the only player to have won the four significant Championships in the same year, namely, the Amateur Championship, The Open Championship, U.S. Open, and U.S Amateur Championship.

4. Sam Snead

Samuel Jackson Snead is a professional golfer known to be one of the best athletes globally for winning the PGA of America and Senior PGA Events for around six decades. He has been awarded 94 gold medallions for his victories in the PGA tour and later won a record-breaking 82 events, which also included seven significant victories. He was added to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the year 1974. He was called “The Slammer” and “The Long Ball Hitler from West Virginia” worldwide.

3. Ben Hogan

William Ben Hogan, an ex-professional golfer, one of the best golf athletes in the past records. He is known for his profound influence on golf swing theory and exceptional ball-striking capability. He is also famous for winning all the four majors: the Masters Championship, The Open, the U.S Open, and the PGA Championship. His earliest major victory was at the age of 34. He is still the only player to have won the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open in the same year, 1953. Hogan was added to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the year 1974.

2. Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is a very popular golf athlete tied for first in the PGA Tour victories and holds the 2nd rank in the men’s major championships.
Woods is being added to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the upcoming year of 2021.
He had won 3 PGA Tour events during the age of 21 in 1997, winning the Masters in the same year.
In the same year, he even climbed to the number one rank spot in the world. Tiger Woods has been given the award of the PGA Player of the Year for a record of 11 times and also achieved the Byron Nelson Award 8 times. He has won 15 competent major golf championships and was the youngest athlete to have accomplished the career in Grand Slam and to have done it three times.

1. Jack Nicklaus

Jack William Nicklaus, also called The Golden Bear, is a withdrawn, professional golf athlete known to be one of the best athletes. He has victories in 117 professional tournaments and also has won 18 major championships. His main concentration was towards the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship. He has played in 164 tournaments and has 73 PGA Tour wins. Jack won the U.S Amateur in the Year 1959 and the U.S. Open in 1962, 9 major championships from 1971 to 1980, Masters tournament in 1986, making it his 18th and last significant championship at 46.

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