Golf is one of the most popular games in the world. We may say that it’s a gentlemen’s game and that it brought fame to many players over time. The question related to which were the most influential golfers of all time may arise some discussions and debates as people may have different opinions. Nevertheless, in this article, we will try to present some of the most influential golfers in history.
Tiger Woods is often described as a once in a generation talent. He is a top list in almost every golf’s record book and he held the no. 1 ranking longer than any other golf player in history. Also, for several years, he was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. He had an enormous impact on golf and he became a legend. Woods has won 14 professional major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events in his golf career.
Jack Nicklaus was nicknamed as ‘The Golden Bear’ and he is also a great golf player who remained a legend in the gold history. He still holds many records to this day and one of the best includes 18 major championships. Nicklaus is also known for writing several books based on golf and for his charitable work.
Walter Hagen is also one of the most influential golfers in the world. He won 11 major championships in his career and he is the first American golfer that won the British Open. Hagen was born in New York and his family was a very modest one. Most people say that he is the third best player in the world, after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Arnold Palmer was known as “The King” and he helped in popularizing and commercializing golf worldwide. He also changed the perception of golf as an elite class game and he has a drink named after him. Although Palmer won seven major championships, he never won a PGA championship during his career. Nevertheless, he became one of the greatest and most influential golfers worldwide.
Bobby Jones is also referred to as being the father of American golf. He has the merit of bringing the Americans closer to golf and he also was a naturally talented player. Jones won four major championships in the same calendar year and helped design the Augusta National golf course. Jones was the first to popularize the game to the masses and introduced it to all sports fans in America.