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

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217 99
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Tiger Woods age 43

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128 50
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ben Crenshaw age 66

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83 26
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Bobby Jones Died at 69 (1902-1971)

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79 31
Brad Faxon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Brad Faxon age 57

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78 33
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Tom Watson age 69 - Earlier years

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80 34
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Bobby Locke Died at 70 (1917-1987)

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121 65
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
txmcvf added Jordan Spieth age 25

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72 35
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Billy Casper age 87

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73 39
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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62 33
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Seve Ballesteros Died at 54 (1957-2011)

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52 27
Loren Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Loren Roberts age 63

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54 31
Dave Stockton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Dave Stockton age 76

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56 35
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Arnold Palmer age 89

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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31 26
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Lee Trevino age 79

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26 20
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Jim Furyk age 48

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30 27
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Hale Irwin age 73

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24 20
Jason Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
LerumsIS22 added Jason Day age 30

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29 26
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Nick Faldo age 61

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23 20
Corey Pavin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Corey Pavin age 59

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29 27
Luke Donald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Luke Donald age 41

The Best Golf Podcasts

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25 27
Bob Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Bob Charles age 82

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2 1
Dustin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Dustin Johnson age 34

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2 1
Wesley Bryan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Wesley Bryan

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2 1
Hideki Matsuyama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Hideki Matsuyama age 25

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2 1
Jonas Blixt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Jonas Blixt age 33

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3 0
Brandt Snedeker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Brandt Snedeker age 37

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19 21
George Low Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
George Low Jr.

The Best Current Putters in Golf

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16 19
Peter Thomson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Peter Thomson age 89

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13 16
José María Olazábal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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16 20
Paul Runyan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Paul Runyan Died at 94 (1908-2002)

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13 17
Retief Goosen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Retief Goosen age 49

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15 20
Isao Aoki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Isao Aoki age 75

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21 30
Ernie Els is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ernie Els age 49

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Lucas Glover is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Lucas Glover age 39

The Best Mezcal Brands

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22 33
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Greg Norman age 63

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15 22
Ian Poulter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ian Poulter age 41

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12 20
Aaron Baddeley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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11 19
Stewart Cink is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Stewart Cink age 45

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9 18
Webb Simpson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Webb Simpson age 32

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18 32
Sergio García is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History

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8 17
Paul Casey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Paul Casey age 40

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6 15
David Toms is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
David Toms age 51

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6 15
Walter Travis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Walter Travis Died at 65 (1862-1927)

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4 15
Mike Weir is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Mike Weir age 48

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6 18
Ken Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Ken Brown age 60

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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)

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13 31
Adam Scott is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Adam Scott age 38

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17 40
Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
cherokeeno1 added Joe Biden age 75

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