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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!

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1
893 271
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Jack Nicklaus age 78

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
865 306
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Tiger Woods age 43

PGA Tours: 79 wins
Masters: 4 wins
(1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
US Open: 3 wins (2000, 2002, 2008)
British Open: 3 wins (2000, 2005, 2006)
US PGA: 4 wins (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)

3
441 169
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Arnold Palmer age 89

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

4
381 134
Ben Hogan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Ben Hogan Died at 85 (1912-1997)

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)

5
374 129
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Bobby Jones Died at 69 (1902-1971)

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

6
319 104
Sam Snead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Sam Snead Died at 90 (1912-2002)

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

7
311 119
Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Gary Player age 83

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)

8
243 77
Walter Hagen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Walter Hagen Died at 77 (1892-1969)

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)

9
352 184
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Phil Mickelson age 48

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

10
247 81
Byron Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Byron Nelson Died at 94 (1912-2006)

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

11
290 88
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Tom Watson age 69

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

12
177 76
Gene Sarazen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Gene Sarazen Died at 97 (1902-1999)

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)

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13
196 99
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Lee Trevino age 79

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

14
210 100
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Seve Ballesteros Died at 54 (1957-2011)

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

15
154 69
Harry Vardon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Harry Vardon Died at 67 (1870-1937)

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

16
161 101
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Nick Faldo age 61

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

17
142 86
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Billy Casper age 87

PGA Tours: 51 wins
Masters: 1 win
(1970)
US Open: 2 wins (1959, 1966)

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18
180 98
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Greg Norman age 63

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

19
146 100
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Ernie Els age 49

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

20
171 115
Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Rory McIlroy age 29

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

21
136 110
Vijay Singh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Vijay Singh age 55

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

22
148 79
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Jordan Spieth age 25

PGA Tours: 11 wins
Masters: 1 win
(2015)
US Open: 1 win (2015)
British Open: 1 win (2017)

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23
133 72
Fred Couples is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Fred Couples age 59

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

24
101 88
Raymond Floyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Raymond Floyd age 76

PGA Tours: 22 wins
Masters: 1 win
(1976)
US Open: 1 win (1986)
US PGA: 2 wins (1969, 1982)

25
96 77
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Hale Irwin age 73

PGA Tours: 20 wins
US Open: 3 wins
(1974, 1979, 1990)

26
119 70
Johnny Miller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Johnny Miller age 71

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

27
104 58
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Ben Crenshaw age 66

PGA Tours: 19 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1984, 1995)

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28
97 44
Annika Sörenstam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Annika Sörenstam age 48

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)

29
83 71
Tom Kite is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Tom Kite age 69

PGA Tours: 19 wins
US Open: 1 win
(1992)

30
89 58
Payne Stewart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Payne Stewart Died at 42 (1957-1999)

PGA Tours: 11 wins
US Open: 2 wins
(1991, 1999)
US PGA: 1 win (1989)

31
80 61
Cary Middlecoff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Cary Middlecoff Died at 77 (1921-1998)

PGA Tours: 40 wins
Masters: 1 win
(1955)
US Open: 2 wins (1949, 1956)

32
71 59
Jimmy Demaret is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Jimmy Demaret Died at 73 (1910-1983)

PGA Tours: 31 wins
Masters: 3 wins
(1940, 1947, 1950)

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33
73 69
Curtis Strange is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Curtis Strange age 63

PGA Tours: 17 wins
US Open: 2 wins
(1988, 1989)

34
66 38
Young Tom Morris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Young Tom Morris Died at 24 (1851-1875)

British Open: 4 wins (1868, 1869, 1870, 1872)

35
69 41
Old Tom Morris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Old Tom Morris Died at 87 (1821-1908)

British Open: 4 wins (1861, 1862, 1864, 1867)

36
80 45
Bernhard Langer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Bernhard Langer age 61

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

37
56 44
Tommy Armour is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Tommy Armour Died at 74 (1894-1968)

PGA Tours: 25 wins
US Open: 1 win
(1927)
British Open: 1 win (1931)
US PGA: 1 win (1930)

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38
47 27
José María Olazábal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
José María Olazábal age 52

PGA Tours: 6 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(1994, 1999)

39
51 31
Nick Price is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Nick Price age 61

PGA Tours: 18 wins
British Open: 1 win
(1994)
US PGA: 2 wins (1992, 1994)

40
61 50
David Duval is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
David Duval age 47

PGA Tours: 13 wins
British Open: 1 win
(2001)

41
49 33
Tom Weiskopf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Tom Weiskopf age 76

PGA Tours: 16 wins
British Open: 1 win
(1973)

42
56 42
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Bobby Locke Died at 70 (1917-1987)

PGA Tours: 15 wins
British Open: 4 wins
(1949, 1950, 1952, 1957)

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43
77 52
Sergio García is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Sergio García age 38

PGA Tours: 10 wins
Masters: 1 win
(2017)

44
65 59
Bubba Watson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Bubba Watson age 40

PGA Tours: 9 wins
Masters: 2 wins
(2012, 2014)

45
70 41
Dustin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Dustin Johnson age 34

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

46
67 62
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Jim Furyk age 48

PGA Tours: 17 wins
US Open: 1 win
(2003)

47
48 44
Lanny Wadkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Lanny Wadkins age 69

PGA Tours: 21 wins
US PGA: 1 win
(1977)

48
46 49
Gene Littler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Gene Littler age 88

PGA Tours: 29 wins
US Open: 1 win
(1961)

49
55 53
John Henry Taylor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
John Henry Taylor Died at 92 (1871-1963)

US Open: 1 win (1900)
British Open: 5 wins (1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913)

50
53 44
Davis Love III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time