In Bobby Jones was granted the "freedom of the burgh" of St. Andrew's, Scotland, traditional birthplace of the game of golf and one of the world's most famous courses. The only other American to have been granted that honor was Benjamin Franklin. He was known as the greatest player who ever lived.
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The innovations that he introduced at the Masters have been copied by virtually every professional golf tournament in the world. Good looking and well educated, he was the personification of the all-American boy.
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Robert Jones. School period Add photo. He remains the oldest Masters champion when he slipped into his record sixth green jacket at age 46 in He became the first player to complete double and triple career slams of golf's four professional major championships.
There has never been a better golf champion than Nicklaus. You can follow him on Twitter, tjauclair. Login to PGA. Listing the 15 greatest male golfers of all time is sure to spark a healthy debate. Who do you think should be on our list of the best golfers ever?
Connect with T. Any list that dives into the "greatest" at anything is sure to spark a debate. With that, here's my list of the 15 greatest male golfers of all time. Notes: One of golf's most recognizable players from the mids to the mids, Ballesteros pretty much owned the European Tour and -- to this day -- is that Tour's all-time winningest player. While his five major championship wins are a massive accomplishment, Ballesteros will forever be remembered for the tournament he loved the most -- the Ryder Cup.
He led Europe to five wins in the matches both as a player and as a captain. Arguably the greatest shot-maker in the game's history, it always seemed as though the worst off he was, the more incredible a shot Ballesteros would pull off. In , at age 19, Ballesteros finished second in the Open Championship Notes: One of the Tour's most prolific winners from the s to the s, Casper also holds the U.
He played in a then-record eight Ryder Cups, a record now owned by Phil Mickelson with 11 and counting. Though Casper's name was never mentioned as one of the "Big Three" -- Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player -- it's worth noting that Casper won 27 times between , which was two more than Nicklaus and six more than Palmer and Player combined. Notes: One of the most electric players in golf history, Mickelson has been a member of a U.
He made his debut in at Oak Hill and has automatically qualified for every team since, never once relying on a captain's pick. Mickelson turned professional in , but it took a long 16 years before he would win his first major at the Masters. An impressive player throughout his illustrious career, Mickelson is still winning well into his 40s. The win was the first for Mickelson since the Open Championship.
Majors won: 11 , U. Notes: The Haig is third all-time in major championship victories with 11 total, trailing only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Movies, too, tend to simplify history, gloss over uncomfortable facts and generally cut down the rough. In movies, as in life, golf grows ever more protective of its legacy and convinced of its capacity for moral instruction, which may or may not be true but sure is boring, not to mention didactic. They showcase a game with which we are all too familiar. Each resides firmly in the present.
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The script is smart and funny. And it opens with the single-best golf sequence in movie history. They race to the first tee to meet the cranky donor and his ditsy, know-it-all wife. Hepburn, as always too nervous to play well in front of her beau, struggles mightily and chokes away the match.
In real life, as in the film, she was a wonderful athlete and single-digit golfer. Give it away for Christmas!