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Since its invention, the game of golf has been graced by great athletes that both redefined the game and amassed a ton of accolades, thus setting new records in the game. With every player that put their clubs to rest, however, a fresh breed came into play and established new records, thus keeping the game alive.
In this article, we rank the six greatest golfers of all time based on various parameters we selected to sift among the ton of greats the game has witnessed. Among the parameters include the player’s records and the events that the player completed during their career.
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Tiger woods – greatest golfer of all time?
Having shot to stardom in 1997 by becoming both the youngest player at 21 and the first African-American to win the US Masters Tiger Woods has not only won the hearts of many golf lovers but also conquered numerous golf courses. Owing to his success, the tiger has not only established a reputation in the golfing realm but also earned a spot among the famous athletes of all time.
Since the start of his career, Woods has won 82 PGA tour events, 5 U.S master victories, three British Opens, four US PGA championships, and three tour championships, thus making it into the club of five golfers that have won all five grand slam events. After a lag mid-way his career, the tiger regained his form and proved his maestro by tying the 54-year-old record held by “Slammin Sam” at 82 PGA tour wins.
Sam Snead ranks among the most celebrated golf players to have ever graced the sport. Owing to his natural swing that amassed tons of victories in golf tournaments, the player earned a spot in the hearts of his fans and earned himself the nickname “Slamming Sam.”
In addition to his grasp of the optimal approach at striking the ball, Snead showed a maestro at conquering golf courses thus rising through the ranks and conquering the greats his time had to offer.
With 82 PGA tour wins, 3 U.S. Masters wins, 1 British Open win, and 3 US PGA tour wins, the only item that limits him from ranking as the best golf player of all time is the U.S. Open whose trophies eluded Snead’s grasp.
Jack Nicklaus, often referred to as the Golden Bear, ranks among the few golfing pros’ that bagged all the five grand slam events. Besides his genius at conquering golf courses all over the world, Jack outshone the big names in the world of golf at the peak of their careers, thus cementing his name among the greats.
Having won all the other four grand slam events, the golden bear finalized his score in 1966 when he bagged his first British Open victory. Overall, the golden bear won seventy-three PGA tours, six masters, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and five USA PGA tours, a feat that few golfers managed to challenge.
Besides his charismatic personality, Palmer also showed a level of skill that few of his counterparts could rival. In his career, Arnold bagged sixty-two PGA tour wins, four master’s wins, two British Open wins, and one U.S. Open win.
Having made a reputation at the Masters, Arnold redefined the tournament, thus shaping it up to what it is today. However, the king displayed his prowess in the 1960 U.S. Open tour with a historic final round of 65.
Ben Hogan ranks top of the list of the shot makers in the game of golf. Testament of his prowess, Hogan also ranks among the few greatest golfers to have won all grand slam events despite the challenges life threw his way.
Throughout his career, Ben Hogan bagged sixty-four PGA tour wins, two masters, four U.S. Open tours, one British Open, and two US PGA tour wins.
Having starred in the early nineties, Hagen is among the players that gave life to golf and also among the golfers with most significant championships. With 45 PGA tour wins, 2 U.S. open wins, 4 British open wins, and 5 US PGA wins, Walter is a must-have on the list of greatest golfers of all time.