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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
1,902 651
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
2,254 785
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

PGA Tours: 81 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
707 314
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
825 426
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
589 242
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
645 297
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 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)

7
535 279
Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 7 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)

8
678 400
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 8 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)

9
420 178
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
519 214
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 10 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)

11
421 181
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
356 214
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

13
284 181
Gene Sarazen is listed (or ranked) 13 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)

14
348 222
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 14 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)

15
286 181
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 15 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)

16
287 216
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 16 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)

17
350 260
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
328 213
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

19
240 162
Harry Vardon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

20
223 179
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

21
266 222
Vijay Singh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

22
246 123
Annika Sörenstam is listed (or ranked) 22 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)

23
179 151
Raymond Floyd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

24
228 143
Fred Couples is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time

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

25
206 148
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)