Athletes Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?  

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177 votes 42 voters 30 items

List Rules From chipping to the green to hitting out of the sand, vote up the golfers who play the short game best.

Long and precise drives are always impressive, but the ability to hit it well down the fairway means nothing without a good short game. Whether you're just a bit shy of the green or happen to slice it left in a sand trap, the short game can be one of the most important parts of golf—and any one of the best golfers will tell you that. Now, considering how impactful this side of golf can be, it's often the the golfers with the best short game that come through on top (but a good putt goes a long way too). Regardless, who do you think is the best short game golfer of all time?

While you could argue drives require just as much precision as a chip from the rough, it's that very chip that either gets the ball to the green or doesn't. In short, no matter where the ball lands after a drive, it's the short game that gets it onto the green. So, when it comes to golfers with the best short game, guys like Luke Donald and the great Chi Chi Rodriguez are certainly up at the top, but you can't forget the incredible Seve Ballesteros and top left-hander Phil Mickelson, among plenty of others. These greats all prove you can do a lot from just off the green—and quite often it's an absolute must. The question still remains, however: who has the best short game of all time?

If you're a fan of the short game and the skill it requires, check out the list below and vote up the golfers you think had the best shots outside the green. If you think someone is missing, feel free to add them to the list. 

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Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
2
13 3
Seve Ballesteros is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
Dec. at 54 (1957-2011)
3
13 5
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 44
4
8 1
Brian Gay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 48
5
7 1
Jack Nicklaus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 79
6
5 0
Tom Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 70
7
5 0
Matt Kuchar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 41
8
7 3
Luke Donald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 42
9
4 0
Kevin Na is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 36
10
6 3
Zach Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 43
11
5 2
Gary Player is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 84
12
3 0
Bobby Locke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
Dec. at 70 (1917-1987)
13
3 0
Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
Dec. at 87 (1929 - 2016)
14
3 0
Ben Crenshaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 67
15
3 0
Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
Dec. at 69 (1902-1971)
16
3 0
Jim Furyk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 49
17
4 2
Chi-Chi Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
18
4 2
Greg Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 46
19
4 2
Aaron Baddeley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
20
2 0
Dave Stockton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 78
21
2 0
Billy Casper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 88
22
4 3
Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 80
23
2 1
Hale Irwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 74
24
4 4
Jason Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 32
25
1 1
Bob Charles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Has the Best Short Game in Golf History?
age 83