Best Male Golfers of All Timeplmilligan1968 Who are the most successful and talented male golfers ever?
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This really isn't a contest. The only reason there's even a debate is because Tiger missed years of his prime with horrible injuries. He'd have well over 100 wins and over 20 majors. The guy was winning over 25% of every tournament he played. even still it's about 22%. Jack wasn't half that. He's won a record 9 Vardon trophies - lowest scoring average on tour, including 5 straight - No one else has more than 5. Jack NEVER won one. He never had the lowest average. He held all 4 majors at the same time for crying out loud. You can argue that others had comparable careers, but there is no question that Tiger took the game to the highest level it was ever played at. Tiger at his best is light years ahead of everyone else... And he is still going. As of now he's won 3 of his last 14 tournaments - about 21-22%, right at his career average.
Sorry Jack, but you can't match Tiger's success, and you're miles away from his flair.
The only reason this is even a debate is because Tiger got hurt. Had he stayed healthy he'd have over 100 wins and 20-25 majors, and he'd still be going. I mean he even just won a major with limited ability (48th in driving distance in that Masters). In his prime he won like 30% of all tournaments he entered. That's absurd. Even now he's at like 23% for his career. He won 9 Vardon trophy's - that goes to the player with the lowest scoring average. No one else won more than 5. Jack Nicklaus, as great as he was, never won one. he never had the lowest scoring average. Tiger did it 9 times
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
73 Top 10's in addition to 18 titles. No contest.
Jack was great when the equipment sucked
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
To see Tiger over Jack is downright offensive. Jack has EIGHTTEEN major vs only 14 for Tiger and this is despite that Jack's competition is light years superior to Tiger's. Jack faced all time greats Palmer, Player, Watson, Ballesteros. Tiger faced no all time greats, and no Phil Mickelsen is not an all time great. On top of that he has something like twenty more runner ups in majors, amazing. Tiger has about 7. Most people who are voting Tiger are probably only doing so since he is black.
Great player wonderful man
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
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
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.
9 major wins and still the most successful non US golfer. - plmilligan1968
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.
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
Must be in top 5-7
3 of the last 6 majors
and has won the last 2 british opens - Grizleybear
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
Good playa and 4 FOUR time majour champion!
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.
Viva L'Espagne, Seve, one of the greatest short game players of all time, thought about shots you'd only try on a PlayStation
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
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!
Got his head screwed on straight! Almost too good to be true.
He should be number 1
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
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.
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.
5 major wins and the most successful golfer from Australia. - plmilligan1968
An inspiration. Pete Thompson
What might have been.
Amazing player almost better than jack nichaulas
I can't believe he is this low, Fred is one of the most important people in Golf
Great golfer but wasted his career