Making lists or rankings with the names of the best players in the history of golf is not easy. Each one will have their own. Although there is certainly consensus on those golfers who have been most relevant in this sport, the same is not true when it comes to establishing a hierarchy.
Therefore, in our chapter of today’s history of golf we have chosen to bring together those eight names that shine with their own light in the firmament of the stars of this sport. The beloved eight, we could say if the good Tarantino cares. All the members of this particular list are golfers recognized throughout the decades and around the world. If you want to know a little more about them, read on!
In his more than 23 years of sports career he won 73 victories. However, the zénit reached it by winning 18 majors, a record that even today nobody has been able to match. Of those 18 major, six were Masters of Augusta, four US Open, five PGA Championship and three British Open. Nicknamed the “Golden Bear” is for many is the best golfer of all time. He entered the world golf hall of fame in 1974.
His first name is Eldrick Woods and he was born in Cypress in 1975. Probably, Nicklaus’s great rival for being the best in history. He has obtained 79 titles throughout his career. In his record he has 14 majors: four Masters of Augusta, three US Open, three British Open and four PGA Championship.
She was born in Stephenville (Texas) in 1912 and died in 1997. She started as a caddy when she was 11 years old and her life was so successful that she was taken to the movies in the movie “Follow the sun”. He stood out for his perfected technique, great swing and ability to hit the ball. His style is still a model for many beginners. He won four US Open, two PGA Championship, two Augusta Masters and one Open Championship. He is one of the five players that has managed to win the grand slam. He entered the Hall of Fame of World Golf in 1974.
Within the list of the best golf players in history there is also room for the best amateur of all time and who knows if the greatest golfer all. We speak, of course, of Robert Tire Jones, Bobby Jones, who never became professional because he did not want to and because he retired from golf at 28 years old. He was born in 1902 in Atlanta (USA). He won the US Open four times and the British Open three times. In addition, he won the British Amateur on one occasion and won at the US Open Amateur five times. His year of greatest glory was 1930. He became the first and only golfer so far to win the four greats of his time in the same season: US Open, US Amateur, British Open and British Amater. Another of his great contributions to the history of golf was the creation of the Augusta Masters. At 23 he was recognized as the best player in North America.
Born in 1929 in Pennsylvania, Palmer became the most popular golf star of his time, thanks to his charisma and appearances on television. He won the Augusta Masters four times, the US Open and two PGA Championship. For his incredible style he was nicknamed El Rey. A golf tournament, an airport and a drink are named after him. He managed to move golf to the masses as no one had ever done before.
Samuel Snead was born in 1912 in Virginia and died in 2002. He had an impressive career. He won 82 tournaments of the American circuit, a record that has not yet been surpassed by any other golfer. In addition, he won more than 70 titles worldwide, including seven majors. Interestingly, he never won an Open in the United States.
Born in 1957, Severiano Ballesteros is the greatest Spanish golfer of all time. He won hundreds of championships, including three British Open and two Augusta Masters. It stood out for its versatility and ingenuity. Few know that he learned to play by hitting the rocks on Pedreña’s beaches with a homemade iron 3. He entered the golf hall of fame in 1999 and died in 2011. He changed the Ryder Cup forever, giving him the impetus he needed to become the best competition in golf.
Along with Severiano Ballesteros, Gary Player is another non-American golfer who sneaks into this list of best players in the history of golf. He was born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1935. He won nine grand slam titles. He won the Augusta Masters three times and the British Open three times. In addition, he won twice in the PGA Championship and achieved a US Open. Among his most outstanding achievements is winning the grand slam at age 29. Known as the “Black Knight”, he entered the Hall of Fame in 1974. Player is also a renowned golf course architect with more than 300 designs spread all over the world and has been one of the world’s leading golf courses.