10 most famous golfers in the world

Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard - Round One
Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard - Round One

Some of the most famous people in history have possessed golfing skills. Many affluent and well-known people, such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson, got their start in golf.

There have been numerous different players throughout the history of golf, and each of them has made a significant impact on the sport. But the world's top 10 golfers in particular have made an everlasting stamp on the sport and captured the hearts of fans everywhere.

In this article, we will list 10 of the most renowned golfers in the world.


The world's most famous golfers

Here's a list of the 10 most famous golfers in the world:

10) Seve Ballesteros (active from 1974 to 2007)

Image of Seve Ballesteros
Image of Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros was a Spanish golfer who was known for his creative shots and fierce competition. His fans loved him. During his career, he won five major tournaments and was a key part of Europe's rise to the top of the international golf rankings.


9) Greg Norman (active from 1976 to 2008)

LIV Golf Invitational - Tucson - Day Three
LIV Golf Invitational - Tucson - Day Three

Greg Norman, an Australian golfer whose aggressive style earned him the nickname "The Shark," was the world's greatest player for 331 weeks and won two Opens. The fact that he is a successful businessman and entrepreneur goes without saying.


8) Phil Mickelson (active from 1992 to present)

LIV Golf Invitational - Tucson - Day Three
LIV Golf Invitational - Tucson - Day Three

Phil Mickelson from the U.S. is known for his unusual left-handed swing and his ability to make shots that most golfers would think are impossible. In his career, he has won five major tournaments, including a record-tying three Masters tournaments. His humanitarian efforts, which have helped him raise millions of dollars, are well known.


7) Bobby Jones (active from 1923 to 1930)

Bobby Jones (Image via Golf.com)
Bobby Jones (Image via Golf.com)

Bobby Jones was an American golfer who won 13 major championships during his career. His decision to play at the amateur level is viewed as a demonstration of sportsmanship and dedication to the game. Also, he is recognized for founding the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. These are the two most well-known golf events.


6) Sam Snead (active from 1934 to 1987)

Wyndham Championship - Final Round
Wyndham Championship - Final Round

Sam Snead, an American golfer, set a new record by winning 82 PGA Tour tournaments. He was noted for having a good swing and playing for a long period of time, and he won seven major tournaments. He continued to perform until he was in his 60s.


5) Ben Hogan (active from 1930 to 1971)

Ben Hogan (Image via PGA.com)
Ben Hogan (Image via PGA.com)

Ben Hogan, an American golfer, won nine major championships during his career. He won The Masters, US Open, and Open Championship in 1953. This was golf's "Triple Crown". Despite his catastrophic vehicle accident, he came out shining in the sport. His speedy recovery and meticulous planning made him the greatest at what he did.


4) Gary Player (active from 1953 to 2009)

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Bass Pro Shops Legends Of Golf - Final Round

South African Gary Player won nine major tournaments, including three Masters. During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, he gained widespread recognition for his commitment to healthy living, his exercise program, and his efforts to promote golf.


3) Arnold Palmer (active from 1954 to 2006)

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard - Final Round
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard - Final Round

American golfer Arnold Palmer won seven major championships during his career. His captivating demeanor, devotion to his fans, and development of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Golf Channel have established him as a golfing icon.


2) Jack Nicklaus (active from 1961 to 2005)

2022 Presidents Cup - Day One
2022 Presidents Cup - Day One

Jack Nicklaus is largely regarded as one of the best golfers of all time. He won 18 major tournaments throughout his career. Not only did he create some of the world's finest golf courses, but he was also noted for his dependability and ability to get things done when the going got tough.


1) Tiger Woods (active from 1996 to the present)

The Genesis Invitational - Final Round
The Genesis Invitational - Final Round

Many consider Tiger Woods to be the greatest golfer of all time. He has won 15 major titles and has numerous other accomplishments. His supremacy in the sport in the late 1990s and early 2000s, as well as his extraordinary return from a series of personal and professional setbacks in the middle of this decade, have earned him worldwide recognition.


The above-mentioned personalities are the greatest golfers in history. Despite playing golf in vastly different ways, they all share a passion for the sport that has made them internationally famous. They have left a legacy for new golfers and future generations to follow.

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Edited by Sabine Algur
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