From its humble beginnings to professional status, golf has had a vibrant history of professional athletes striving for greatness. Often times golf gets a bad wrap for being a lazy sport. But, where it lacks in endurance it makes up for in precision. Many golfers have pushed the envelope, striving to win more championships than the other. But who among them are in the top ranks? Here are the 25 greatest golfers of all time.
Old Tom Morris
Old Tom Morris is considered the founding father of golf. Playing in 36 British games and winning four of them, Tom Morris Sr. proved quite the adversary on the green.
With 22 PGA victories, Raymond Floyd proved himself as a golfer with very little weaknesses. He had an incredible short game and ironclad toughness on the field. He also became the first player to win the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour in the same year.
While baseball was his first love, Spieth turned to golf at the age of 12 and never looked back. He was the PGA Rookie of the Year in 2013 and the youngest player to ever win in the PGA Tour since 1931 (fourth youngest overall).
Rory Mcilroy played golf at a very young age and went on to join Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win four major titles at the age of twenty-five. He has a total of 22 career wins.
In the 70s, Johnny Miller had a brief but memorable run as a professional golfer. In one year he won 12 tournaments and became incredibly good at getting the ball closer to the hole than any other player at the time. After his many victories, Miller never saw many more wins mostly because his appetite to win waned.
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