Men’s Professional Golf
Male golfers have been competing for championship titles such as The Open since the mid-19th century. Men’s professional golf, however, began to be played at today’s level only the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Some of the greatest golfers in history of professional golf include:
Jack Nicklaus (born 1940). Also known as “The Golden Bear”, Jack Nicklaus is considered the greatest golf player of all times. In his 46-year-long professional career, “The Golden Bear” won as many as 18 major championships and 73 wins in PGA Tour events. In total, he has 115 professional wins. In 1974, Nicklaus was also inducted into the World Golf of Fame. One year later, he was awarded the Bob Jones Award which is the highest recognition by the United States Golf Association (USGA), while the PGA Tour gave him the Payne Steward Award in 2000 and the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Sam Snead (1912-2002). The American golfer dominated professional golf for over four decades and went into history as one of the most successful golfers of all times. From 1934 when he turned professional to 1987 when he retired, he won 83 PGA Tour events which is more than any other golfer in history. He also won 7 major championships and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Four years before his death, Snead was also given the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tiger Woods (born 1975). The American professional golfer and the current World No. 1 competes in professional golf since 1996. In less than 20 years, he has broken a number of records or/and equated himself with some of the greatest golfers in history of the sport. With 14 major championship wins, 77 PGA Tour events wins and total 104 professional golf wins, he has more wins than any active golf player. Woods has also more wins than many of the greatest golf legends managed to achieve in their entire professional careers.
Ben Hogan (1912-1997). The American professional golf player is without a doubt one of the greatest golfers in history of the sport. From 1930 when he turned professional to 1971 when he retired, he won 9 major championships and 64 PGA Tour events. Hogan is also one of only five golfers in history to win all four major championships, while the world of golf also remembers him for his swing theory and outstanding ball-striking skill.
Arnold Palmer (born 1929). Nicknamed “The King”, Arnold Palmer didn’t only went into history as one of the greatest players in men’s professional golf but he also played an important role in popularisation of the sport. From 1954 when he turned professional to 2006 when he retired, “The King” won 7 major championships and 62 PGA Tour events. In total, he has 95 professional wins.