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The Best Golfers Of All Time 

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List Rules Rank the best golfers to ever play the game!

Rank the best golfers to ever play the game! Vote for who you think is the greatest golfer of all time and see if they can reach the coveted number 1 spot. These are the best golfers of all time as ranked by you, the people. If you're a huge golf fan, a weekend warrior, or even if you just know who Tiger Woods is, go ahead and cast your vote. To truly have a crowdsourced opinion of who the world's best golfer is, the opinion of everyone is needed... not just "experts."

The top golfers ever are an elite group. Golf is probably the world's most frustrating sport and these men and women have mastered it. They have conquered their bodies and their minds and willed their way to becoming the all time best golfers. Nearly every Masters champion is represented on this list. So go ahead and vote for your favorites now! Vote below, then head over and check out the best current golfers in the world.

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1
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 73 wins
Masters: 6 wins
(1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)
US Open: 4 wins (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)
British Open: 3 wins (1966, 1970, 1978)
US PGA: 5 wins (1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980)

2
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 82 wins
Masters: 5 wins
(1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019)
US Open: 3 wins (2000, 2002, 2008)
British Open: 3 wins (2000, 2005, 2006)
US PGA: 4 wins (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)
Tour Championship: 3 Wins (1999, 2007, 2018)

3
Ben Hogan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 64 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1951, 1953)
US Open: 4 wins (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)
British Open: 1 win (1953)
US PGA: 2 wins (1946, 1948)

4
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 62 wins
Masters: 4 wins
(1958, 1960, 1962, 1964)
US Open: 1 win (1960)
British Open: 2 wins (1961, 1962)

5
Sam Snead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 82 wins
Masters: 3 wins
(1949, 1952, 1954)
British Open: 1 win (1946)
US PGA: 3 wins (1942, 1949, 1951)

6
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 42 wins
Masters: 3 wins
(2004, 2006, 2010)
British Open: 1 win (2013)
US PGA: 1 win (2005)

7
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 39 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1977, 1981)
US Open: 1 win (1982)
British Open: 5 wins (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983)

8
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 9 wins
US Open: 4 wins 
(1923, 1926, 1929, 1930)
British Open: 3 wins (1926, 1927, 1930)

9
Walter Hagen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 45 wins
US Open: 2 wins
(1914, 1919)
British Open: 4 wins (1922, 1924, 1928, 1929)
US PGA: 5 wins (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927)

10
Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 24 wins
Masters: 3 wins
(1961, 1974, 1978)
US Open: 1 win (1965)
British Open: 3 wins (1959, 1969, 1974)
US PGA: 2 wins (1962, 1972)

11
Byron Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 52 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1937, 1942)
US Open: 1 win (1939)
US PGA: 2 wins (1940, 1945)

12
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Lee Trevino

PGA Tours: 29 wins
US Open: 2 wins
(1968, 1971)
British Open: 2 wins (1971, 1972)
US PGA: 2 wins (1974, 1984)

13
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 9 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1980, 1983)
British Open: 3 wins (1979, 1984, 1988)

14
Fred Couples is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 15 wins
Masters: 1 win
(1992)

15
Gene Sarazen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 39 wins
Masters: 1 win
(1935)
US Open: 2 wins (1922, 1932)
British Open: 1 win (1932)
US PGA: 3 wins (1922, 1923, 1933)

16
Annika Sörenstam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

LPGA Tours: 72 wins
ANA: 3 wins
(2001, 2002, 2005)
WPGA: 3 wins (2003, 2004, 2005)
US Open: 3 wins (1995, 1996, 2006)
British Open: 1 win (2003)

17
Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 13 wins
US Open: 1 win
(2011)
British Open: 1 win (2014)
US PGA: 2 wins (2012, 2014)

18
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 9 wins
Masters: 3 wins
(1989, 1990, 1996)
British Open: 3 wins (1987, 1990, 1992)

19
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Greg Norman

PGA Tours: 20 wins
British Open: 2 wins
(1986, 1993)

20
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 19 wins
US Open: 2 wins
(1994, 1997)
British Open: 2 wins (2002, 2012)

21
Bernhard Langer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 3 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1985, 1993)

22
Dustin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 16 wins
US Open: 1 win
(2016)

23
Harry Vardon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

US Open: 1 win (1900)
British Open: 6 wins (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914)

24
Vijay Singh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 34 wins
Masters: 1 win
(2000)
US PGA: 2 wins (1998, 2004)

25
Johnny Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 25 wins
US Open: 1 win
(1973)
British Open: 1 win (1976)