Best Male Golfers of All TimeWho are the most successful and talented male golfers ever?
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.
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 about health with Tiger. Even at 42-43, if he's healthy, I believe he's still the best player in the world. He'll probably pass Sneads record of 82 wins, making him the winningest golfer in PGA history (he's also like #2 or 3 on the European tour) and even though he might not catch Jack's record in majors, I believe he will win more
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.
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!
Nothing like a Sunday growing you watching the "Golden Bear" putting for a birdie or eagle. Tiger is great but got sidetracked because he took is eye off the 'legend' prize.. For me.. It's Jack hands down and he ALWAYS a gentleman with class and humbleness... Unlike Tiger who at times acts like a spoiled little brat and I am happy he got derailed... Serves him right!
How the hell can you say Arnie is not the best. He did more for golf then any other player. With out him tiger woods would not be a house hold name. Pro golf may have fallan appart. Also he was a damb good golfer
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
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
Must be in top 5-7
Lefty has maybe the best short game ever!
Needs to move up the list to a place more respectful of his accomplishments
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.
Way too early to tell, buy could be on his way!
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.
he only won 2 majors, but that's half the story. Norman is Austalian's greatest golfer with 88 overall tournament wins 1995 PGA Tour Player of the year, once challenged for the 2008 open golf championship at the age of 53, 5 times he won $1 million dollars in the pga tour in a single year, 2001 member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and a great gentleman off the course. Truly one of golf's great men.
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.
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.
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.