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The Best Golfers Of All Time 

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Here are the best golfers of all time, ranked by fans everywhere. Featuring old golf legends and current pros, these men's golf players rankings are determined by PGA Tour wins, major championships, and of course, fan voting. While famous golfers, like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, dominate most top 10 lists, new golfers, like Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa, are quickly climbing up the top 100. 

Vote up the best male golfers in the world, and see who lands on the coveted spot of the greatest golfer of all time. 

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
United States of America

PGA Tour: 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)

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2
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
United States of America

PGA Tour: 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)

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

PGA Tour: 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)

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

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

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

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

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

PGA Tours: 44 wins
Masters: 3 wins
(2004, 2006, 2010)
British Open: 1 win (2013)
US PGA: 1 win (2005)

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7
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Lee Trevino United States of America

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

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8
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
United States of America

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

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9
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
United States of America

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

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10
Walter Hagen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
United States of America

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)

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

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

12
Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
South Africa

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)

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13
Fred Couples is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
United States of America, Italy

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

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14
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Spain

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

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

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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16
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Greg Norman Australia

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

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17
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
South Africa

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

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

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

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19
Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Northern Ireland

PGA Tours: 18 wins
US Open: 1 win
(2011)
British Open: 1 win (2014)
US PGA: 2 wins (2012, 2014)

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20
Dustin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
21
Bernhard Langer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Germany

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

22
Harry Vardon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
England

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

23
Old Tom Morris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Golfers Of All Time
Scotland

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

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

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
United States of America

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