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List Rules Vote up golfers based only on their putting skills, not their entire game.

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. 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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114 42
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Tiger Woods age 42

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97 34
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Jack Nicklaus age 77

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63 21
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
txmcvf added Jordan Spieth age 24

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69 31
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ben Crenshaw age 65

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45 16
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Bobby Jones Died at 69 (1902-1971)

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45 18
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Bobby Locke Died at 70 (1917-1987)

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48 22
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Billy Casper age 86

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39 15
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Tom Watson age 68 - Earlier years

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41 17
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Arnold Palmer age 88

10
40 18
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Seve Ballesteros Died at 54 (1957-2011)

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36 16
Brad Faxon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Brad Faxon age 56

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41 22
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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33 17
Loren Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Loren Roberts age 62

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34 20
Dave Stockton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Dave Stockton age 76

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21 12
Luke Donald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Luke Donald age 40

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Jason Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
LerumsIS22 added Jason Day age 30

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21 13
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Lee Trevino age 78

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18 14
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Hale Irwin age 72

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14 10
Paul Runyan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Paul Runyan Died at 94 (1908-2002)

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14 11
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Jim Furyk age 47

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13 10
Corey Pavin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Corey Pavin age 58

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17 15
Bob Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Bob Charles age 81

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14 13
George Low Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
George Low Jr.

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15 16
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Nick Faldo age 60

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7 7
José María Olazábal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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10 11
Peter Thomson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Peter Thomson age 88

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7 10
Retief Goosen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Retief Goosen age 48

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16 21
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Greg Norman age 62

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George Archer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Guest_fe084b74-b667-4a70-8a1f-383ddb326a43 added George Archer Died at 66 (1939-2005)

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8 12
Stewart Cink is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Stewart Cink age 44

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5 9
Paul Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Paul Casey age 40

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8 13
Isao Aoki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Isao Aoki age 75

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7 12
Aaron Baddeley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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8 14
Ian Poulter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ian Poulter age 41

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10 17
Adam Scott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Adam Scott age 37

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12 20
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ernie Els age 48

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4 10
Webb Simpson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Webb Simpson age 32

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3 9
David Toms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
David Toms age 50

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3 9
Walter Travis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Walter Travis Died at 65 (1862-1927)

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2 8
Mike Weir is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Mike Weir age 47

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3 11
Ken Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ken Brown age 60

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9 19
Sergio García is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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3 13
Keegan Bradley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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3 22
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
cherokeeno1 added Joe Biden age 75