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
250 106
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 43

2
144 52
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 66

3
191 80
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 78

4
90 28
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 69 (1902-1971)

5
86 31
Brad Faxon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 57

6
133 72
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
txmcvf added age 25

7
83 36
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 70 (1917-1987)

8
82 36
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 69 - Earlier years

9
73 36
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 87

10
80 42
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

11
67 34
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 54 (1957-2011)

12
54 27
Loren Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 63

13
57 31
Dave Stockton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 77

14
58 36
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 89

15
35 26
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 79

16
30 22
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 48

17
32 26
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 61

18
27 22
Jason Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
LerumsIS22 added age 31

19
25 20
Corey Pavin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 59

20
30 28
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 73

21
29 30
Luke Donald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 41

22
4 2
Brandt Snedeker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added age 38

23
20 22
George Low Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
George Low Jr.

24
25 29
Bob Charles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 82

25
15 17
José María Olazábal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

26
17 20
Peter Thomson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 89

27
16 20
Paul Runyan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 94 (1908-2002)

28
3 4
Hideki Matsuyama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Hideki Matsuyama age 26

29
16 21
Isao Aoki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 76

30
2 3
Jonas Blixt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added age 34

31
25 33
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 63

32
22 30
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 49

33
3 5
Dustin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added age 34

34
14 20
Retief Goosen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 49

35
17 24
Ian Poulter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 42

36
1 5
Wesley Bryan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Wesley Bryan

37
21 33
Sergio García is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

38
11 20
Stewart Cink is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 45

39
12 22
Aaron Baddeley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

40
9 18
Webb Simpson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 33

41
6 15
David Toms is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 51

42
6 15
Walter Travis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Died at 65 (1862-1927)

43
8 18
Paul Casey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 41

44
4 15
Mike Weir is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 48

45
6 18
Ken Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 61

46
14 30
Adam Scott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
age 38

47
3 13
George Archer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
George Archer Died at 66 (1939-2005)

48
0 4
Lucas Glover is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Lucas Glover age 39

49
17 42
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
cherokeeno1 added age 76

50
5 25
Keegan Bradley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History