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.

Jack and Tiger each at 23%, and that's perfect, because they really are 1 and 1A. The way I explain it is that Jack Nicklaus had the greatest career of all time, but Tiger is the best golfer ever. What I mean by that is Jack has the best record, the 18 majors, and also 19 runner-up's in majors, and also played in the golden era of golf, he had the best quality of opposition. But Tiger took golf to the highest level it's ever been played. For a decade he won like 25-30% of his tournaments. That's ridiculous and will NEVER be done again. His abilities will never be surpassed. He was the perfect golfer. Injuries are the only reason this is even a debate, otherwise he'd have 20 majors already and over 100 PGA wins. As it stands he now has 80 PGA wins, which is 2nd of all time (Sam Snead has 82 and Jack had 73) and he's 2nd in majors (14, to Jacks 18).. But he's healthy again, and even at 42-43 he still has a few years to build to his legacy. He just had his first win in 5 years. It's all ...more

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

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

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2 Jack Nicklaus 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

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!

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. "

Not only an amazing player, but an amazing human being and ambassador for the sport. Not a womanizing adultress and giant man slut like Tiger Woods. Not a gambling addict like at least 1 of his rivals in the 70s. - quackerpacker

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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

He created most of the swing and tecnic we see today.

6 Gary Player 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 Sam Snead

Must be in top 5-7

9 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

10 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!

Tom still competes at a high level, when he occasionally plays. The man is in his sixties. I think he gets overlooked because he was too nice, no controversy. A great golfer.

Tom Watson behind Phil this is bs

The Newcomers

? Colin Montgomerie
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Amazing player almost better than jack nichaulas

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.

Good playa and 4 FOUR time majour champion!

14 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

15 Greg Norman
16 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth

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

He should be number 1

My boy

17 Jason Day
18 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

19 Ernie Els
20 Luke Donald
21 Lee Westwood
22 Graeme McDowell
23 Bubba Watson
24 Matt Kuchar
25 Adam Scott
26 Justin Rose
27 Lee Trevino
28 Ben Crenshaw
29 Charl Schwartzel
30 Louis Oosthuizen
31 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.

32 Mike Weir
33 Peter Thompson

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

An inspiration. Pete Thompson

34 Bill Haas
35 Jonathan Byrd
36 Jim Furyk
37 Jason Bohn
38 Martin Kaymer
39 Payne Stewart

What might have been.

40 Dustin Johnson
41 Vijay Singh
42 Byron Nelson
43 Stewart Cink
44 Francesco Molinari
45 Rickie Fowler
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