Golf is a sport that people either love or hate. Those that love it will sometimes spend hours just practicing or watching it on TV. Nobody can deny the influence that golfing has had over the years and there are so many players at the moment. Many are not professionals but they look at the best golfers of all time with admiration.
Did you ever wonder what the list of top 5 golfers looks like? If so, you may be surprised!
5. Tom Watson
Tom Watson was born in 1949 and he even now plays golf in the Champions Tour. In the seventies and eighties, he was one of the best in the world, winning 8 major championships and making it to the list of top earners in the PGA Tour an impressive 5 times. His 8 major championships included 5 Open Championships, 2 Majors and 1 U.S. Open. According to McCormack World Golf Rankings list, from the year 1978 till 1982, he was the best golfer in the world. Many of his major victories came at Jack Nicklaus’ expense but we will talk about him later on. Tom Watson actually led the 2009 Open Championship but lost a 4 hole playoff to Stewart Cink.
4. Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan is a name that every golf enthusiast out there should know. He was born in 1912 and died in 1997 but his legacy is still alive and strong. His main influence in golf appeared because of the golf swing theory he used and the fact that he had a very high ball-striking ability. Hogan managed to win 9 major championships along his career. Only 3 people managed to win more: Walter Hagen, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. In addition, he is one of just 5 golfers that won every one of the 4 major championships in which professionals can enter.
3. Walter Hagen
Walter Charles Hagen was born in 1892 and he is one of the most important golf history figures in the beginning of the 20th century and all through to the middle of the century. His career sums up to 11 majors won. In the year 1922 he managed to become the first ever native American that won the British Open. He eventually managed to win it three more times. Hagen was know for his dashing golf wardrobe which featured bright colors and plush fabrics.
2. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods (real name Eldrick Tont Woods) was born in 1975. He is currently one of the most successful of all golfers around the world and he was ranked as number 1 in the past. At one point in time Woods even managed to be the best paid athlete according to Forbes. Woods became a professional golf player in the year 1996 and he managed to win his first major title in 1997. Those that watched the sport during the 2000’s saw him as unstoppable. He managed to be ranked as the best golf player in the world for a total of 545 weeks. Unfortunately, following a huge infidelity scandal, his form dropped and he did not recover quickly. Tiger Woods has been awarded PGA Player of the year a record ten times and has won 14 major golf championships. These include 4 Masters, 3 U.S. Opens, 3 Open Championships and 4 PGA Championships.
1. Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus, also known as The Golden Bear, was born in 1940. He is considered as being the best golf player of all time and it is hard to argue with that. In total he managed to win 18 major championships while producing 19 second place and 9 third place finishes to top the list of accomplishment in the PGA tour over twenty five years of activity. Nicklaus turned professional in 1961 and in 1962 he won the U.S. open. What you might not know is the fact that he is the first person to win the Masters Tournament twice in a row. As you can see, Tiger Woods still has a way to go to achieve what Nicklaus did.