The game of golf has been a great inspiration for many people around the world since the game was invented way back in the middle ages. As expected, there are those that dominated the course during their heydays, winning titles and breaking records to emerge as the most-valuable players of all time.
You may know some depending on the generation you were born and who the reigning champions were. However, in this post, we shall uncover the top 5 greatest golfers to ever grace our golf courses.
To many, Hagen is remembered for holding the 3rd-most amount of Major-championships with 11. However, there is more to Walter Hagen’s list of achievements. During his hey days, the player won a total of 45-PGA Tour-events. Walter also holds the record as the first American-born golfer to win the British-Open, an achievement he managed to repeat a whopping 4 times.
Hagen spent years playing in the PGA before switching to exhibition golf where he was also feted as the 1st golfer to bag a million dollars. This player was so talented that even as he bowed out of PGA, his handlers and fans never seemed to have had enough of him.
Now, Bobby Jones is a name that easily springs to mind when discussing great golfers that never placed money above their passion for the game. He may not have won so many titles, but that’s because he chose to play for fun as opposed to participating in professional competitive tournaments. It may also be due to the fact he retired at 28, long before he could hit his prime.
Be that as it may, he still managed to bag 13 Major-championships and to date, still holds the record as the only golfer to have won the Grand-Slam, all the 4 Major-championships all in one year. He came close to adding another Major to the list had he not spoilt his chance of doing so in the U.S Open of 1925, a match that saw him lose that tournament by a single stroke.
This golfer holds the fifth position on PGA-Tour wins, with a total of 62 which include 7 Major championships. Arnold won the Sportsman-of-the-Year title in 1960, thanks to his remarkable achievements that included, among others, winning the PGA-Tour Player-of-the-Year two times.
Due to his prowess on the golf course, Palmer was aptly named the king. Palmer may have passed on in 2016, but his achievements have been immortalized in the Arnold Palmer half-lemonade half-iced tea concoction.
This is a golfer whose relationship life has seen turbulent times after losing his wife, but that is a story for another day. At only 35 years, Tiger Woods has achieved so much. His performance has not been so inspiring for the last two years but if he recovers his successful streaks, we can only say the sky is the limit for this accomplished golfer.
Woods has 14 Majors to his name, which is second best achievement of all time. He also boasts 71 PGA-Tournaments, which is third best achievement of all time. Out of the golf course, Woods has also made a name for himself in celebrity endorsement deals. Perhaps the most popular of such deals is the 2007 endorsement of Gillette along with tennis player Roger Federer and soccer player Thierry Henry.
We can easily say Jack Nicklaus is the most accomplished golfer the world has ever known. Nicklaus boasts the highest number of wins in Major championships, totaling to 18. Jack has won The Masters up to six times, winning the last at age 46, thus adding another recognition to himself as the oldest golfer ever to have won this tournament.
These achievements made him lead the money list eight times though on different occasions. He also bagged the PGA Player-of-the-Year record a whopping 5 times, and we can easily say he is the best thing ever to have happened in the world of golf.
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