The Best Golfers of All Time

Jack Nicklaus

Referred to as “The Golden Bear”, Jack William Nicklaus is known to be the best professional golfer of all time with more than 118 professional wins all throughout his entire career. Born in 1940 and turned pro in 1961, Nicklaus has won six masters tournaments, four U.S. Opens, and three British Opens. He also has more than 73 PGA Tour wins during his career. George W. Bush awarded Nicklaus with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Jack Nicklaus has the most major golf titles; he has 18.

Tiger Woods

As of 2009, Tiger Woods has 14 major golf titles. He was well loved by the public until his extramarital affairs became public knowledge in 2009. Since then, it has been difficult for him to regain the respect of the sporting public. Born in 1975 in California, Tiger Woods has three wins each for the U.S. Junior Amateur, the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Open, and the British Open. He also has four wins each for the Masters and the U.S. PGA.

Walter Charles Hagen

Born in 1892, Walter Charles Hagen won 11 major championships. He is also one of the pioneers who dominated and popularized golf. Walter Charles Hagen won the U.S. Open twice, the British Open for four times, the PGA Championship for five times, and the Western Open also for five times. In total, Walter Charles Hagen has 45 PGA wins all throughout his career. He received a World Golf Hall of Fame award in 1974.

Gary Player

Born in 1935, Gary Player won 9 major championships during his career. He won the Masters thrice, the U.S. Open once, the Open Championship thrice, and the PGA Championship twice. In more than six decades, Gary Player won a total of 165 tournaments. Just like Walter Charles Hagen, Gary Player was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Gary Player also became the PGA Tour leading money winner in 1961 and was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

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