The following list is of the Gods of Golf. The best of the best have been listed in a top ten ranking. From Tiger Woods to Jack Nicklaus, these golf players have revolutionized the game and have left legacies that will be hard to compete against in the future. We love the game of golf because of these players. Let’s to find out The Top 10 popular Greatest Golfers in the world.
10. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is one of the most beloved golfers in the history of the game. He is an American professional golfer and is deemed among the most successful golfers of all time. The man has been one of the most highest paid athletes in the world for a period of time that spans several years. Eldrick Tiger Woods was born on 30th December 1975. he spent his childhood days in Cypress California. He started playing the game when he was only 6 years old after seeing his father Earl play. Tiger woods played in his fist PGA tour Major when he was only 19 years old. He was the first golfer to win 3 consecutive US Amateur titles. He even won the NCAA individual golf championship. Tiger has won the career grand slam 3 times. He is the second person to do so. The other person is Jack Nicklaus. Tiger is the only professional golfer to win 4 majors in a row with include the Masters in 2005, the US Open in 2000, the Open Championship in 2005 and the PGA in 2000. Despite the controversy over his marriage, tiger is one contender that cannot be stopped.
9. Phil Mickelson
Phil Alfred is another outstanding golf player who is among the highest paid players in the game. He was born on the 16th of June in 1970. the place of his birth was San Diego, California. Phil started his amateur golfing career as a teenager. He was able to win 34 Junior Golf Association titles in San Diego. His father was a pilot at an airlines company. As a result he was able to get tickets to his tournaments. Both parents loved him very much and took his career choice seriously. His mother worked 2 jobs to support him while he was playing in the American Junior Golf Association. There, he won 3 back to back AJGA Rolex Player of the year awards. His mothers hard work payed of as he also won him self a full scholarship to Arizona State University. His mother and father tell the story of a 3 year old Phil who ran away from home so that he could be in the golf course. He won his first PGA Tour as an amateur, becoming the fourth golfer in PGA history to accomplish such a task. Phil won His first major championship in the 2004 Masters. He has 40 career wins under his belt by 2013 out of which 3 Masters titles are included. Now he is one of the most highest paid players in the game.
8. Rory McIlroy
Rory Mcllroy is a extremely talented golfer from Northern Ireland. He became truly famous in the eyes of the world when he won the 2011 US open and the 2012 PGA championship. He became the youngest player in history to win a PGA tour playoff. This amazing golfer was born on the 4th of may, 1989 in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. He was an only child of his mother and father. From a young age Rory was raised catholic. His father was the one who got him involved in golf at a very young age. He instantly showed results. At the age of 2 Rory hit a 40 yard drive. He got his first whole in 1 when he was only 9 years old. Both parents worked really hard getting extra jobs and night shifts to support young Rory’s education in golf. He left school at the age of 16 to focus on golf.
In 2007, he went pro and was listed among the worlds top 50 golfers. Two years later he won his first professional tournament. It was the Dubai desert classic. Rory won his first US open in 2011. This was an amazing display of talent and had broken the records formally set by Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus with a score of 268. His second major win came in at the PGA Championship in 2012. Rory became the youngest player to win this tournament ever.
7. Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth is another young prodigy. He was born on 27th July, 1993 in Dallas, Texas. He was the eldest of 3 children. Both his mom and dad were great athletes. Jordan did well to acquire his athletic abilities. He grew up playing Soccer, baseball, football and basketball. Golf eventually got the priority of his time and he started to shine in the game. Jordan won the US junior Amateur Championship 2 times before starting University in Texas. He turned professional in 2012. after turning pro he became the youngest man in 82 years to win a PGA tour. In 2015 he won the Masters and the US open. This made him the youngest to win 2 majors before the age of 22 since 1922. there is no doubt that this great athlete deserves a spot on this list.
6. Jack Nicklaus
Nicklaus was born in 1940, 21st January in Columbus, Ohio. His parents were Charlie and Helen. He started playing the game of golf at an early age. It started when his father took him golfing while resting due to an ankle injury. He turned out to be a prodigy. Nicklaus shot a 51 over nine holes at a Country club when he was only 10 years old.
Nicklaus won the Ohio Open at only the age of 16 and the International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament at the age of 17. He studied in the Ohio State University and won the US Amateur title in 1959 and 1961. In 1961 he also won the NCAA Championship. He turned professional in that year. Jack was called the Golden Bear due to his dominance in the game. He won 6 masters tournaments, 5 PGA Championships, 4 US Open titles and 3 British Opens. This tremendous list of achievements builds up to 18 major championships. He has also been the head of a prominent golf course design company.
5. Bubba Watson
Bubba was born Gerry Lester Watson Jr. in 1978. He started playing golf at a young age. Bubba grew up in Bagdad, Florida. His passion for golf started when his dad took him to the golf course one day when he was 6 years old. He turned out to be a young savant. He would practice hitting a wiffle ball daily. Bubba did not have any formal lessons but he made a very impressive impression as an amateur. Bubba was named first-team junior college All American while playing for Faulkner State Community college. He attended the University of Georgia. Bubba helped their team to win the 2000 Southeastern Conference title. This Superstar was self taught. He joined the nation wide tour in 2001. in 2006 he joined the PGA tour. His first win came in 2010 at the Travelers Championship. In 2012, Watson took home the top prize at the Masters tournament. 2 years after that, he won his second masters title. Engraving his name among the greats.
4. Jason Day
Day was born on 12 November 1987. His birthplace was Beaudesert, Queensland. His dad was Australian and his mother is from the Philippines. Day has 2 siblings. For his 6th birthday, Day was enrolled to a golf club by his dad who died later due to stomach cancer while the boy was only 12 years old. From an early age. Day started winning local events. He was sent to Kooralbyn International School. The school had a golf course attached to it. He later attended Hills International college which had a golf academy. Day was very much inspired by Tiger woods. Days first big win can in at the age of 13 in a 2000 Australian Masters Junior event on the Gold Coast.
Jason is now a PGA tour member and hold the current no. 1 position in the world of golfing. This rank was achieved in september 2015. this was achieved gradually. Days first major tournament win was that of the 2015 PGA championship where he scored 20 strokes under par. He was runner up at the US Open in 2011. . In 2014, Day won his first WGC title and won it again in 2016. He has joined the elite company of his childhood idol Tiger Woods as a multiple WGC winner.
3. Dustin Johnson
Johnson is originally born in Columbia, South Carolina. He was born in June 22, 1984. He played golf during his time in Coastal Carolina University. Johnson won the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur in 2007 while still an Amateur. He was also in the winning team at the 2009 Walker cup and the Palmer Cup teams. This man is the first player since Tiger to win at least once in each of his 7 seasons coming out of college. This American professional golfer plays on the PGA tour. He has won the 2016 US open with a 4-under-par score of 276. Before this he has also come in at a tie spot for second place in both the 2011 Open Championship and the 2015 US Open. Johnson is within the top 5 golfers in the world.
2. Adam Scott
Adam Scott is an Australian Golfer who was born in 1980, 16th July. When Scott was 7 years old he moved away from his birthplace of Adelaide to Queensland. This is where he fell in love with the beach. Even today Scott is an Active surfer. Scott’s father was a member of the Australian PGA who had designed and manufactured golf clubs for a long time. Recently his dad has become a golf course designer. His mother is an active golf player as well. Scott began playing at the age of 4. Through out his childhood, he was coached by his father. Scott turned professional in 2000. In the following decade the youngster became one of the best players in golf. In 2013 Scott became the 1st Australian to win the masters tournament. He has won 29 professional tournaments around the world. Making him one of the greats.
1. Sergio García
the top spot is reserved for the greatest player of all in the history of golf. This honor goes to Sergio Garcia Fernandez. He was born on the 9th of January in 1980. he started playing from a young age and soon showed great potential. Under the supervision of coach and father, the little master swung his first club at the age of 3. Sergio did not need a lot of time to stand out from the others. At the age of 15, he made the cut in the European Tour Event and at the age of 18 he turned professional. This Spanish golfer now plays both at the PGA tour and the European Tour. He has won more then 20 international tournaments which includes the 2008 Players Championship. Most of his career has been spent in the worlds top 10 ranking. He reached the 2nd position in the worlds ranking after he won the HSBC Champions Tournament. He is famous for his strong iron play and accuracy . Although he has not won any major events so far he has come in second place 4 times. Twice at the Open Championship and twice more in the PGA Championship. Garcia is the highest-earning golfer on the PGA Tour without a major championship win, with career earnings of over $43 million.
The list of greatest golf players of all time cannot possibly hold place for all the greatest players ever as there are only 10 spots. The ones who have been mentioned are adored by millions through out the world and have made golf such an amazing sport.
Top 10 popular golfers in the world