Best Male Golfers Of All Time

Who are the most successful and talented male golfers ever?

The Top Ten

1 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time.

He was born with a special talent, Like Michael Jordan Basketball, Roger Feder Tennis, Muhammad Ali boxing, Lance Armstrong Cycling and KOBE BRYANT - roblist

13 majors, amazing shots and record for longest time as world number 1

Tiger dominated golf for a long time... but I his prime I don't think anyone will ever beat him.

He has done things on a golf course that have never, and will never be matched.

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2 Jack Nicklaus

Not only the best golfer ever, the best role model. Always conducted his self with CLASS win or lose. I never heard any 4 letter words when he played a bad shot I have never heard or read about anyone saying anything but good things about Jack. They used to say "Who will be the next Jack Nicklaus? " I can answer that. NOBODY

Jack Nicklaus is undoubtedly the best golfer ever. Not only did he win 18 majors but he was runner up in a further 19. As Johnny Miller once said "When Jack plays well he wins, when he plays badly he comes second. When he's playing terribly he's third. "

Best Ever PERIOD! Tiger got the luxory of spending all of his time focusing on golf, Jack Did not, still beat out tiger in major wins. Plus the big one for me is who did Tiger ever have as competition? Lefty? Please... The remainder of the top ten was who Jack played against, I don't see anyone that Tiger has. Less technology, same scores. I can go on and on and on, Number one Jack!

Record speaks for itself.

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3 Arnold Palmer Arnold Palmer Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport's history.

I Really Just like the Arizona ice tea half and half lemonade tea and he is good and I have no one els to pick

7 major wins but was fundamental in making golf a popular sport. - plmilligan1968

I think arnold is better than tiger

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4 Bobby Jones

Completed the Grand Slam in a single calendar year AS AN AMATEUR! It blows my mind that he never officially turned pro but yet accomplished so much.

No question the greatest golfer of all time winning 50% of all tournaments he played in

7 major wins with a legendary rhythmic swing. - plmilligan1968

He started young and got better

5 Ben Hogan

9 major wins and rumoured to be the most natural golfer of all time. - plmilligan1968

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6 Gary Player

9 major wins and still the most successful non US golfer. - plmilligan1968

From Wiki:
Player is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the sport, ranking third (behind Roberto de Vicenzo and Sam Snead) in total professional wins, with at least 166, and tied for fourth in major championship victories with nine.

7 Phil Mickelson

Needs to move up the list to a place more respectful of his accomplishments

Lefty has maybe the best short game ever!

Way better than mcllory

8 Walter Hagen

He used to purposely hit the ball into the woods just to give himself a challenge - Grizleybear

11 major wins and dominated pre 1930's golf. - plmilligan1968

9 Tom Watson

Five Open Championships, 8 Major wins and took down Jack numerous times when Nicklaus was in his prime. Tom is never given enough credit. Deserves to be much higher on this list!

10 Sam Snead

Must be in top 5-7

The Contenders

11 Padraig Harrington

3 of the last 6 majors
and has won the last 2 british opens - Grizleybear

12 Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo played with a steely nerve and a never say die attitude. He was always aware of greats before him, ie Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player etc. He had what all greats have, an Aura on the golf course and of course he is British.

6 majors and the most successful British golfer in recent years. - plmilligan1968

Between Tom Watson and Woods THIS guy was the best golfer in the world.Yes at times the magic of 'Seve' and the sheer talent of 'Greg Norman' were better than Faldo.However Faldo was better than both of them for longer in the tournaments that mattered...Faldo to be fair should have had an even longer career but his game remained good but the game changed in the late 1990s...he was never a has-been but he did become obsolete...the greatest 'thinking/mental' golfer of all time along with Jack and Tiger.

13 Rory McIlroy

Way too early to tell, buy could be on his way!

Rory McIlroy, the best golfer.
I love his pose and tee shots.
He will be the golfer whose skill will be more technical than Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus.

14 Harry Vardon

7 major wins, dominated golf upto the first world war. First to write a book on the theory of golf and still has won more majors than any other British player. - plmilligan1968

15 Jason Day
16 Greg Norman
17 Ernie Els
18 Luke Donald
19 Matt Kuchar
20 Adam Scott
21 Lee Westwood
22 Graeme McDowell
23 Bubba Watson
24 Jordan Spieth

Got his head screwed on straight! Almost too good to be true.

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25 Jim Furyk
26 Justin Rose
27 Martin Kaymer
28 Lee Trevino
29 Ben Crenshaw
30 Charl Schwartzel
31 Louis Oosthuizen
32 Seve Ballesteros

Viva L'Espagne, Seve, one of the greatest short game players of all time, thought about shots you'd only try on a PlayStation

33 Sergio Garcia

Finally captured his first major at the biggest stage of them all. Definitely one of the best golfers of all time and one of the more underrated ones as well.

34 Mike Weir
35 Peter Thompson

5 major wins and the most successful golfer from Australia. - plmilligan1968

An inspiration. Pete Thompson

36 Bill Haas
37 Jonathan Byrd
38 Jason Bohn
39 Payne Stewart

What might have been.

40 Dustin Johnson
41 Vijay Singh
42 Byron Nelson
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