Whenever listing the best of anything in sports, debates are sure to arise. Who’s on the list? Where do they rank? Everyone has a different opinion. Ranking the best golfers of all-time is no different, but here’s a list of the three icons.
People will always debate if Tiger Woods is actually the best or not, but one thing that can’t be debated is that he’s the most well-known on the list. Even someone who doesn’t know much about golf knows about Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods has the second-most PGA Tour victories of all-time. He has even won the Masters, Open Championship, and PGA Championship back-to-back at some point in his career. He’s also only one of five golfers who have ever completed the Grand Slam in the modern-era—and he’s done it three times.
People debate Tiger because his career was derailed by injury. He won his last major in 2008, and it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to return to form.
Jack Nicklaus has not only won eighteen Major competitions, but he’s placed as the runner up another nineteen times. In fact, he’s been in the top ten at nearly half of the one-hundred and sixty-four Majors he’s played in. Another one of his accomplishments is being the oldest player to bring home a Masters, when he won it at age forty-six.
If you’re only talking about Majors championships, you can easily make the case Nicklaus is the best all-time.
Arnold Palmer was Tiger Woods, before Tiger Woods. He was seen as golf’s first superstar when the sport was first broadcasted on television.
The peak of Palmer’s career was from 1955-1973. But during this time, he won all of his Majors in just a six year span. He is fifth all-time in PGA victories with sixty-two. He has won the Masters, U.S. Open, and the Open Championship at least once.
When listing the best of all-time, there’s no right or wrong answer. While Nicklaus dominates when it comes to Majors, Tiger was a superstar that no one can compare too. Except Arnold Palmer, who was just as popular even before Tiger was born. You can make the case that any of these three golfers are the best ever.