The 20th century saw golf rise to become one of the biggest and popular sports globally. With this popularity both in America and around the world, golf has brought smiles to families and fortunes to many. Today, golf stands as one of the most prestigious sports in the world.
However, one of the things that is often overlooked is the fact that today’s golf players owe a lot to those who came before them and paved the way for the youngsters of today. In case you have no idea who these legends are, below are the 5 most influential golfers of all time. I put this all together while trying to find a painter in Bucks County.
Nicknamed the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus is simply the greatest golfer in the history of the sport. He racked up 73 victories during his career which included 8 major championships. He won the Masters 6 times with his first and last victories spaced between an incredible 23 years. The golfing tournament Nicklaus won the list number of times is the Open Championship where he lifted the trophy 3 times.
Ben Hogan is a golfer who had incredible talent and to whom success was just a byproduct of discipline. In the golfing world, Hogan is perceived to be the player who had the most perfect golf swing in the sport’s history. He practiced and prepared for his tournaments and this included working on swing mechanics making him earn the spot of being the greatest striker of a golf ball in history. In 1953, Hogan completed what is now fondly referred to as the Hogan Slam. That year, he won a total of 5 out of the 6 tournaments he entered, 3 of which were major championships.
In the first half of the 20th century, the golfing world celebrated many successes of Walter Hagen. He won a total of 11 major championships in his career. He was a native of New York State and he became somewhat a national hero when he brought home the British Open Championship, the first American to do so. At the age of 20, he came closer to winning a career grand slam only missing out on the Masters title.
He is a Southern African golfer nicknamed the Black Knight mainly because his signature wears were all black. Gary can comfortably be ranked the most successful non-American golfer in history. He competed with the big names such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. He finished his career winning 9 major trophies which included 3 Open Championships and 3 Masters. He also goes into the annals of history as the only non-American to complete the career grand slam.
Snead had a long and illustrious career winning 7 majors and etching his name into history as the golf player with the most PGA victories. Interestingly, Snead also served in World War II. In the course of his career, he won 3 PGA Championships, 3 Masters Tournaments, the Open Championship, and finished in the runner’s up position 4 times for the US Open.