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Top 50 Golfers of All-Time

 

We're actually offering up 100 golfers on this page, because our Top 50 Golfers of All-Time includes one list of 50 male golfers, and another of 50 female golfers.

Lists like these are tough in golf because the game has changed so much over time. The equipment is different, the golf courses are different, the playing conditions are different, the fitness levels and clothing and media glare are all different. That makes comparing golfers from different eras very difficult.

But compare them we must! It is our solemn duty! At least, it's the duty of any analyst who sets out to rank the Top 50 Golfers of All-Time.

And, so, here are our lists:

Top 50 Men Golfers
1. Bobby Jones
2. Tiger Woods
3. Jack Nicklaus
4. Ben Hogan
5. Harry Vardon
6. Arnold Palmer
7. Sam Snead
8. Gary Player
9. Tom Watson
10. Lee Trevino
11. Byron Nelson
12. Billy Casper
13. Walter Hagen
14. Phil Mickelson
15. Seve Ballesteros
16. Gene Sarazen
17. Nick Faldo
18. Peter Thomson
19. Bobby Locke
20. J.H. Taylor
21. Vijay Singh
22. Cary Middlecoff
23. Ray Floyd
24. Greg Norman
25. Ernie Els
26. Johnny Miller
27. Hale Irwin
28. Julius Boros
29. Ralph Guhldahl
30. Jimmy Demaret
31. Gene Littler
32. James Braid
33. Lloyd Mangrum
34. Nick Price
35. Horton Smith
36. Curtis Strange
37. Tommy Armour
38. Tom Kite
39. Jackie Burke
40. Henry Cotton
41. Paul Runyan
42. Henry Picard
43. Leo Diegel
44. Jim Furyk
45. Jim Barnes
46. Doug Ford
47. Lanny Wadkins
48. Tony Lema
49. Harry Cooper
50. Ben Crenshaw
Top 50 Women Golfers
1. Annika Sorenstam
2. Nancy Lopez
3. JoAnne Carner
4. Patty Sheehan
5. Betsy King
6. Mickey Wright
7. Kathy Whitworth
8. Karrie Webb
9. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
10. Sandra Haynie
11. Betsy Rawls
12. Pat Bradley
13. Judi Inkster
14. Se Ri Pak
15. Louise Suggs
16. Pat Bradley
17. Judy Rankin
18. Beth Daniel
19. Laura Davies
20. Amy Alcott
21. Lorena Ochoa
22. Jane Blalock
23. Donna Caponi
24. Joyce Wethered
25. Carol Mann
26. Patty Berg
27. Dottie Pepper
28. Meg Mallon
29. Hollis Stacy
30. Yani Tseng
31. Jan Stephenson
32. Marilynn Smith
33. Cristie Kerr
34. Sandra Palmer
35. Marlene Hagge
36. Glenna Collett Vare
37. Jiyai Shin
38. Sally Little
39. Ayako Okamoto
40. Beverly Hanson
41. Susie Berning
42. Suzann Pettersen
43. Paula Creamer
44. Jane Geddes
45. Liselotte Neumann
46. Rosie Jones
47. Betty Jameson
48. Inbee Park
49. Cecil Leitch
50. Sherri Steinhauer

More Rankings
There are some good books in the golf library that go into great detail ranking the all-time greats of the game. Here are a few such books that we recommend as good, informative reads:

See also:
PGA Tour career money leaders
LPGA Tour career money leaders

 

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