Best Male Golfers of all Time
Legends on the Links
1. Jack Nicklaus: The Golden Bear has won eighteen (18) major championships and he has seventy three (73) tour victories. He has won The U.S. Open four times, The PGA Championship five times and he is a five time Player of the Year. He has also won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Nicklaus has three grand slams. He had his first Pro Golf Match in 1971 and still plays on The Seniors Tour at age seventy three.
2. Tiger Woods: He is the highest paid and most famous golfer in history. He has the record for the most weeks as the number one golfer. He also has the record for the most Player Of The Year Awards which he has won ten times. He has won fourteen golf championships second only to Mr. Jack Nicklaus. He achieved a grand slam three times. He was named Rookie of the Year and he is the most consistent golfer of all time. One thing he has going for him is his age, and he could possibly pass Nicklaus if he continues to play at the top level into his forties and fifties.
3. Ben Hogan: The legendary Hogan has won 2 PGA Championships, 4 U.S. Opens and he was the leading money earner for five years. He won three Majors in one year and at one point he won five out of six tournaments in a single calendar year. He is known for his great Golf swing which is second to none in Golf history. Golf Digest ranks Ben Hogan as the second best ever on the links. He won an amazing 64 PGA Tournaments in his distinguished career.
4. Sam Snead: He won 82 PGA Events, seven majors and he was known to golf barefoot. Snead received the Lifetime Achievement award which is fitting since he played through four decades. He invented the Sand Wedge and his driving game was superb. He could drive a ball further than the competition every time. He holds many records including the oldest player to make the PGA cut. He was sixty seven (67) years old when he accomplished this feat.
5. Arnold Palmer: He helped popularize golf since he came along when television was just beginning. Palmer played on the links since he was a young child and it paid dividends. Palmer won the Masters four times, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship twice. He finished his professional career with ninety-five (95) wins playing to the crowd often and rarely showing defeat while he is done.
6. Gary Player: Player, who is from South Africa, is the only non-American to win all four Majors and he has a total of nine Major Championships. Player has twenty four (24) PGA Tour victories and he was voted into The World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He turned professional way back in 1953 and amassed an amazing one hundred sixty five (165) professional Golf victories to round out his amazing resume. He played constantly it seemed as though his life depended on it. He played in the Master's a record 52nd time. His game in the fairway was far and away his best asset.
7. Bobby Jones: Jones, who was also a very successful Attorney, is widely regarded as the best Amateur Golfer in history. He dominated golf for seven years in the U.S. and the U.K. before retiring to run his law firm and on a part time basis he became a Golf Instructor. A section of the interstate in Georgia is named after this master of the links. He has thirteen (13) Major's wins, seven (7) Amateur Open victories and the British Open.
8. Walter Hagen: Hagen won eleven (11) Majors in the professional ranks and he won the PGA Championship five times. He had a very unique golf swing which has been copied many times. He totaled seventy-five (75) professional wins and he was known for his astonishing outfits. His forty five (45) PGA victories were spread out over twenty-five (25) years.
9. Lee Travino: This Mexican American won six (6) major titles and he twice won the U.S. Open. Travino had a legendary short game and was known for supreme accuracy on the links. Travino was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981 and he very relaxed under pressure which served him well during his illustrious golf career. He has eighty nine (89) pro wins and twenty nine (29) PGA Tour wins to his credit.
10. Byron Nelson: He is best known for having the best single year in Golf history. He won eighteen (18) tournaments including eleven (11) in a row. He won fifty two (52) PGA Tours and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal which is fitting for this first rate golfer who had very few flaws.
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Golf has become a more popular over the past few years. In our beautiful state of Alabama, we have The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails around our state. Golf takes a lot of patience, skill, concentration and may be some luck in order to have success when playing golf.
You have to be able to ignore the crowd and any other noise or distractions and be able to focus on the shot at hand.
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