Golf The Best Putters in Golf History  

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Who are the best putters in golf history? Some of the most iconic golfers ever make the list. They are the true greats of the game, able to make difficult putts when it counts to win it all. They come through in a clutch situation, besting opponents with a combination of technical prowess, steely nerves and yes, some luck. Golfers, time to weigh in: Which golfers do you think deserve the title of best putter in golf? Vote for your favorites, add any that might be missing and re-rank this list in any order you want.

Any list of the greatest putters ever in golf should include Tiger Woods, arguably one of the best golfers ever and certainly among the best athletes of all time in any sport. Not only that, but he's one of the most clutch golfers in history. When Tiger is on, he's really on, and few golfers have ever been able to match his ability to read the green. That's what makes a great putter, really: You must be able to read the break and anticipate the golf ball's speed, angle and how it will move. If you can judge distance well, and control any nerves, you can avoid those nasty three putts and finish strong once you reach the green.

Who else makes the list of all-time great putters in golf? How about The Golden Bear, aka Jack Nicklaus? And certainly, Ben Crenshaw ranks right up there - his stroke was just gorgeous. This list is a mix of some of the most legendary professional golfers of decades gone by and some newer names - golfers who have the potential to become the best putters ever (Luke Donald and Adam Scott, two of the top golfers in the world right now, come to mind). Who makes your list? Remember, you can and should rerank this list, putting players in the exact order you think they belong.

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1
210 84
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 78

2
265 116
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 43

3
150 55
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 66

4
95 31
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 69 (1902-1971)

5
92 33
Brad Faxon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 57

6
87 38
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 69 - Earlier years

7
86 38
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 70 (1917-1987)

8
140 78
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
txmcvf added age 25

9
79 35
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 54 (1957-2011)

10
76 38
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 87

11
84 46
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

12
57 27
Loren Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 63

13
60 31
Dave Stockton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 77

14
62 37
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 89

15
38 27
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 79

16
31 23
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 48

17
33 28
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 61

18
29 24
Jason Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
LerumsIS22 added age 31

19
25 22
Corey Pavin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 59

20
31 29
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 73

21
31 30
Luke Donald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 41

22
6 3
Brandt Snedeker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added age 38

23
22 24
George Low Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
George Low Jr.

24
16 18
José María Olazábal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

25
27 33
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 63