Famous Golfers

Tiger-Woods Tiger Woods (1975)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Being the first African-American to win the Masters Championship.
Eldrick “Tiger” Woods has won all the major golf championships. Four times as Master Champion, three each as British and US Open Champion, and four times as PGA Champion. He has won a total of 78 times on the PGA Tour and 39 times on the European tour.
Rory-McIlroy Rory McIlroy (1989)
Nationality: Irish
Famous For: Won the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship
Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has won in the PGA six times and on the European Tour 5 times. At his young age, he won the 2011 US Open Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship. He is the youngest golfer, and the fastest, to reach $10 million on the PGA tour in career earning.
Phil-Mickelson Phil Mickelson (1970)
Nationality: American
Famous For: His Masters Championship Win in 2004 and 2010 & his 41 wins on the PGA Tour
Four time majors champion Phil “Lefty” Mickelson has a total of forty-one wins on the PGA tour and 8 on the European Tour. Phil has won the Masters Championship three times and the PGA Championship once.
Arnold-Palmer Arnold Palmer (1929)
Nationality: American
Famous For: First golfer to win the Masters Tournament 4 times
Arnold Palmer ranks 5th all time in PGA tournament wins with 62. Nicknamed the “King”, Palmer has also won seven Major golf championships: Masters, four times; British Open, twice; and the US Open, once.
Bubba-Watson Bubba Watson (1978)
Nationality: American
Famous For: His long drives and winning the 2012 Masters Tournament
Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr. has only one major championship, the 2012 Masters Championship. He is known for his long drives where he averages 315 yards. To date, he has four PGA tour wins.
Jack-Nicklaus Jack Nicklaus (1940)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Winning 18 major championships
The Golden Bear, the nickname Jack Nicklaus is known for. He is the first and only golfer to win 18 major championships and 73 PGA Tour wins. He is the only golfer to win the Masters six times. He has a total of 134 wins as a golfer.
Michelle-Wie Michelle Wie (1989)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Youngest golfer to win a USGA adult tournament at age 13
Hawaiian Michelle Wie won the Hawaii State Women’s Stroke Play tournament at the age of eleven years old. To date, she has 2 LPGA Tour wins. She has come close many times in Major women’s championships, she has reached 3rd place 3 times and 2nd place once (US Women’s Open, Women’s British Open, Kraft C’Ship, and LPGA C’ship)
Bobby-Jones Bobby Jones (1902-1971)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Grand Slam of golf & most successful amateur golfer of all time
The “Grand Slam” and the Masters in golf cannot be discussed without the mention of Bobby Jones. He had 9 PGA Tour wins, but more impressively, in a single year, 1930, he completed the grand slam. He won the US Amateur 5 times, US Open 4 times, British Amateur once, and the British open three times.
Greg-Norman Greg Norman (1955)
Nationality: Austrailian
Famous For: 89 professional golf victories
British Open winner in 1986 and 1993, Australian Greg Norman has a total of 89 professional wins. In the PGA Tour, he has 20 wins; European Tour, 14 wins; PGA Tour in Australia, 31 wins. He is nicknamed “The Shark” in the golf community.
Ian-Poulter Ian Poulter (1976)
Nationality: English
Famous For: Talented golfer in both the European and PGA tours
Ian Poulter has 12 European Tour wins and two PGA Tour wins. He has a total of 16 professional wins. The Majors have been elusive to Ian Poulter, his best finish was at the British Open in 2008 where he placed 2nd.
Webb-Simipson Webb Simpson (1985)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Won the 2012 US Open
Webb Simpson won the 2012 US Open in a playoff. To date, he 3 PGA Tour wins since he turned professional in 2008.
Tom-Watson Tom Watson (1949)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Ranked #1 in the world for 5 years
With 70 professional wins, Tom Watson is one of golf’s favorite figures. On the PGA Tour, he won 39 times, he never played on the European Tour. He has also won 8 Major championships (Masters, twice; US Open, once; and The British Open, five times) He played on the Senior Tour where he won 14 times.
Lee-Westwood Lee Westwood (1973)
Nationality: English
Famous For: Replacing Tiger Woods as Number 1 in 2010
British golfer Lee Westwood has a total of 39 professional wins, 22 of those from the European Tour. On the PGA Tour, he has won only twice, the rest were won in the Asian Tour, PGA Australia, Japan Tour, and in the middle east.
Padraig-Harrington Padraig Harrington (1971)
Nationality: Irish
Famous For: Winning British Open in consecutive years, 2007 & 2008
Winning three Majors was no mean feat for Irish golfer “Paddy” Harrington. He won the British Open in 2007 & 2008, plus the PGA Championship in 2008. On the PGA Tour, he has won five times while on the European Tour, 14 times. Altogether, he has 28 times as a pro golfer.
Ben-Hogan Ben Hogan (1912-1997)
Nationality: American
Famous For: His swing and winning all four Major Championships.
Bantam Ben, Hawk, or Wee Iceman, whichever nickname you choose to use, Ben Hogan comes to mind. Winner sixty-eight times as a professional, included in those are nine Majors (Masters, twice; US Open, 4 times; PGA Championship, twice; and British Open, once). He is one of five golfers who have won all four Major Championships.
Payne-Stewart Payne Stewart (1957-1999)
Nationality: American
Famous For: His golf outfits and three Major Championships.
Although winning only 24 times as a professional, Payne Stewart is best remembered for his wardrobe. On the PGA Tour, Stewart won eleven times and on the European Tour, once. He also has three Majors, PGA Championship in 1989, and the US Open in 1991 and 1999, the same year he died in a plane crash.
Gary-Player Gary Player (1935)
Nationality: South African
Famous For: As the third golfer to win the “grand slam of golf”
World class player, this best describes Gary Player. The 165 wins he has as a professional is impressive, equally, he has won nine Major Championships (Masters, 3 times; US Open, once; PGA Championship, twice; and British Open, three times), completing a Major “career slam.”
Nick-Faldo Nick Faldo (1957)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Ranked #1 in the world for 5 years
With 70 professional wins, Tom Watson is one of golf’s favorite figures. On the PGA Tour, he won 39 times, he never played on the European Tour. He has also won 8 Major championships (Masters, twice; US Open, once; and The British Open, five times) He played on the Senior Tour where he won 14 times.
Guan-Tianlang Guan Tianlang (1998)
Nationality: Chinese
Famous For: Youngest person to make the PGA Tour cut
Guan became the youngest golfer to make the cut in the 2013 Masters Championship at fourteen years of age.
Francis-Ouimet Francis Ouimet (1893-1967)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Being the “father of amateur golf”
Golf greats aren’t all professionals. Francis Ouimet, an American, is given the distinction of being the “father of amateur golf.” He did win two Majors (during his time), the US Open and the US Amateur.
Sam-Snead Sam Snead (1912-2002)
Nationality: American
Famous For: A top ranked player in the world for nearly 40 years
One hundred and sixty-five wins as a golfing professional, that is one of Sam Snead’s claim to fame. He ranks first in PGA Tour wins all time (right now), with 82 wins. He won seven Major Championships: 3 Masters, 3 PGA Championships, and 1 British Open.
Lee-Trevino Lee Trevino (1939)
Nationality: Mexican American
Famous For: Winner of 6 major championships
The other lethal weapon Lee Trevino had besides his golf swing is his smile. Winner 89 times on the professional tour, Trevino includes in that list 29 PGA Tour wins, 29 on the Senior (Champions) Tour, and six Major Championships. He won twice each in the US Open, British Open, and the PGA Championship, he did not win a Masters.
Annika-Sorenstam Annika Sorenstam (1970-2009)
Nationality: Swedish
Famous For: Won ninety international tournaments
Annika Sorenstam has retired, but her 93 professional wins is a bar few women will be able to reach. She won 10 LPGA Major Championships and 72 times on the LPGA Tour. Her Major Championships include the LPGA-3 times, US Open-3 times, Kraft Championship-3 times, and the British Open once.
Byron-Nelson Byron Nelson (1912-2006)
Nationality: American
Famous For: Won eleven tournaments in a row
The feat Byron Nelson is remembered for is his winning in 11 tournaments in a row in 1945. Altogether, he had 64 professional wins to go with 5 Major Championships. He won the Masters and PGA twice each, and the US Open once.
Althea-Gibson Althea Gibson (1927-2003)
Nationality: American
Famous For: First African-American woman to part of the LPGA
Two-sport athlete Althea Gibson was the first black woman to participate in an LPGA tour event. The other sport she played extensively in was tennis. Her best finish in golf was a tie for second at the Buick Open in 1970.