Dancing Rabbit Golf Club- Top 10 PGA Golfers Of All Time
The Top 10 honor rankings rest heavily on wins in the four majors, top five, top ten finishes in majors, and the length of dominance at the player’s peak. The leaders come as no surprise, but the order does create a great deal of discussion.
Jack Nicklaus holds the top honor with 18 majors won. He also finished second 19 times. No other golfer can claim more top ten finishes than his 73. And of those, 56 times he was in the top five. From 1960 to 1982, Nicklaus played in 88 majors and won 17 of them, placed in the top five in 53, and in the top ten 66 times. The key to his success was consistency over a very long period of time.
Tiger Woods comes in second with 14 major wins. From 1997 to 2008, he finished in the top 30 in 44 of 46 consecutive majors, including wins in 14. And in 2000-2001, Woods won four straight. In a stretch from 2005 to 2008, he placed in the top four in 12 of 14 majors, racking up six wins along the way. Once a golf god, Woods has been plagued by injuries and distractions that have kept him from returning to the top form needed to surpass Nicklaus.
Ben Hogan won 9 majors during his career. He dominated from 1946 to 1953, except for 1949, when he was involved in a near-fatal car accident. His dominance began in 1946, winning a career-best 13 tournaments. His streak ended equally string when he won the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open all in 1953.
Walter Hagen claimed 11 major wins from 1914 to 1929. He is the third of only three golfers to win at least 10 majors in his career. His claim to fame in the golf world is being the first full-time tournament professional.
Bobby Jones won 7 majors from 1923 to 1930. Many believe that Jones could have been the best golfer ever. But because he chose to retire from golf at 28, his true potential will never be known.
Sam Snead won 7 majors from 1942 to 1954. Many golf historians feel that he could have won many more majors if it were not for the cancellation of 14 majors from 1940-1945 due to WWII.
Arnold Palmer won 7 majors from 1958 to 1964. From 1960 to 1963, Palmer won at least six events each year, making him the only one to have a four-year streak of six or more major wins.
Byron Nelson won 5 majors from 1937 to 1945, retiring from professional golf at the age of 34.
Tom Watson won 8 majors from 1975 to 1983 while his career was much longer than this peak winning era.
Gary Player won 9 majors from 1959 to 1978. This South African golfer won tournaments on every continent except Antarctica.