GREATEST MALE GOLFERS
Like Cricket, golf is another gentleman’s game. Historically its origin dates back to the Roman age but in the modern time its first recorded mention was made in 1457 during the reign of King James II of Scotland. Today golf’s popularity has peeked as never before. A perfect time to make a list of the legendary ‘male’ golfers of our time.
List of 10 of the most influential golfers of the world- GREATEST MALE GOLFERS.
10 OF THE GREATEST MALE GOLFERS
10. BYRON NELSON
Born in Texas, America, Byron Nelson’s professional career spans for 11 years (from 1935 to 1946). Winning championships 52 times, he became a legend and to commemorate his significance, the Byron Nelson Championship is played every year in Dallas. In his life time he won five major championships and both the Masters and the PGA Championship two times each.
Owing to his gentlemanly reputation he was nicknamed ‘Lord Bryon’ after the famous British poet. He became a member World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and had been recipient of several awards including the recognition of most distinguished sportsman by the United States Golf Association. He was certainly one of the most respected golfers of his time and died in 2006. GREATEST MALE GOLFERS.
9. TOM WATSON
This golfer from Kansas City practically dominated the golfing world in the 70’s and 80’s. Talented like Nelson, he had won as much as eight majors championships, including 5 Open Championships. And why not; after all Watson was mentored by Byron Nelson since 1974. Within a year of going under ‘Lord Byron’s’ wings Watson won his first career major.
Defying old age, at 60, Watson participated in the 2009 Open Championship though lost at the end in four-hole playoff. During his hey-days, his friendly professional rivalry with fellow golfer Jack Nicklaus served to increase the popularity of golf. GREATEST MALE GOLFERS.
8. BOBBY JONES
Jones was the most successful amateur golfer ever. His came out victorious in all four major golf tournaments of his era therefore winning the career Grand Slam. Within a span of 7 years he won four US Opens and three Open Championships. Jones won the 1930 British Amateur. He also won the US Amateur champion as much as five times. His terribly successful career did not stretch much for he suddenly retired from competitive golf at the age of 28.
He is the founder of the famous Augusta National Golf Club golf course. He also co-founded the Masters tournament and even came out of retirement to compete in it until 1948 when he had to stop owing to serious health issues.