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The Best Putters in Golf History 

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Updated September 26, 2018 4.6k votes 919 voters 17.7k views 49 items

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. 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.

list ordered by
1
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 44
2
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 79
3
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 67
4
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Dec. at 69 (1902-1971)
5
Brad Faxon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 58
6
Jordan Spieth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
txmcvf added Age: 26
7
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 70
Earlier years
8
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Dec. at 70 (1917-1987)
9
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Dec. at 54 (1957-2011)
10
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 88
11
Dave Stockton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 78
12
Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 49
13
Loren Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 64
14
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 90
15
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 49
16
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Lee Trevino Age: 80
17
Jason Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
LerumsIS22 added Jason Day Age: 32
18
Nick Faldo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 62
19
Luke Donald is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 42
20
Brandt Snedeker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
oofman added Age: 39
21
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 74
22
Corey Pavin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 60
23
Greg Norman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Greg Norman Age: 64
24
George Low Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
George Low Jr.
25
Bob Charles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Putters in Golf History
Age: 83