Jack Nicklaus, dubbed the "Golden Bear," is widely regarded as the finest golfer in the world. He is the most successful golfer in history, having won 73 PGA Tour events and 18 major championships. Tiger Woods is the only other golfer who is frequently compared to Jack Nicklaus (with 15 majors). However, the duo have never been rivals since Woods entered the scene in 1996.
Woods is the biggest name in golf today, but he's not the only good player out there. There have been many great golfers over the years, and some even considered among the best ever. Here are the top 10 golfers of all time, according to many critics:
10. Sam Snead - United States
9. George Duncan - Scotland
8. Hubert Green - England
7. Byron Nelson - United States
6. Walter Hagen - United States
5. Joe Lloyd - Australia
4. Harry Vardon - England
3. Willie Anderson - United States
2. Ben Hogan - United States
1. Jack Nicklaus - United States
- Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus, nicknamed the Golden Bear, won 73 tournaments in his career, including 18 major championships. And he is, without a doubt, the greatest golfer of all time. His record-breaking dominance on the course made him one of the most beloved players in golf history. He was also one of the highest paid athletes of all time.
Nicklaus grew up in Columbus, Ohio and began playing golf at the age of 6. He turned pro at 19 and immediately became one of the game's biggest stars. In 1960 he won his first major championship (the Masters), and went on to win five more times, including the last two years combined (1971-72). His overall record is 80 victories and 93 losses.
Nicklaus was known for his accurate shot-making ability and strategic planning. He used different clubs for off-course work and on-course play. His swing was said to be like that of a knife cutting through butter, because he used a small swing with plenty of power.
He had a very successful advertising campaign with DeWitt Divisionist, who created some of the most memorable commercials in sports marketing history. The Golden Bear appeared in over 300 commercials during his career, mostly with Dewitt but also with other brands such as Chrysler, Puma, and Nike.
Jack Nicklaus now holds the record for most career major championship victories with 18. Nicklaus, often known as the Golden Bear, is well regarded for his career accomplishments and is largely regarded as the best golfer to ever play the game. He was named by _Golf Magazine_ as the greatest player of all time.
The question has been debated for years by golf fans around the world. While some people believe that Pete Taylor is better because he won more tournaments, others say that Jack Nicklaus is too far behind Taylor to catch up.
The answer to this question really depends on what you consider to be a major tournament. If we limit ourselves to majors (or Grand Slam events), then it's clear that Nicklaus isn't in the same class as Jackson or Taylor because they each have a perfect 10-0 record. If we include other significant events such as The Masters or the U.S. Open, then it becomes much closer because all three men were very successful at these other tournaments. In fact, Nicklaus has more wins at other events than either Jackson or Taylor combined.
If we look only at major championships, then it's clear that Nicklaus is the greatest player in history. If we expand the definition of major championships to include all major events, then it's not so clear because there's a case to be made for both Jack and Pete.
(See the list of PGA Tour winners for further information.) Woods has won 15 majors, second to to Jack Nicklaus (18). He won his first major at the 2000 U.S. Open, and has gone on to win four more times, including last year's Masters. His other three wins are the 1997 Buick Invitational, the 2008 American Century Golf Classic and this year's Wyndham Championship.
Woods has been second a total of nine times, most recently to Nicklaus in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996. If we include his victory at the 1998 Masters as well, then he finishes first. On the other hand, if we consider his runner-up finishes at the 1985 Masters, the 2003 PGA Championship, and the 2004 Buick Invitational official, then he has finished second a total of ten times.
His other three wins are the 1997 Buick Invitational, the 2008 American Century Golf Classic, and this year's Wyndham Championship.