The name Tiger Woods is synonymous with golf, and why would it not be? He is after all, the current No.1 golfer in the whole world and one of the most successful golfers of all time. He also has the distinction of having earned the most in PGA Tour history. A child prodigy, he was introduced to golf when he was just a toddler of two! He won the Junior World Golf Championships six times and became the youngest ever U.S. Junior Amateur champion when he was 15 years old. He turned professional when he was 21 and won his first major tournament the very next year in a record-breaking performance. Soon he dominated world golf and reached the No.1 position in the world rankings. Over his career he has broken several golf records and has won 14 professional major golf championships. He is one of the few players”and the youngest”to have achieved the career Grand Slam of golf. He reached the pinnacles of glory during the 2000s when stories of his multiple affairs started doing the rounds. His transgressions led to a fall in his rankings and the break up of his family. However, the gutsy player soon bounced back to regain his position as the World No.1.
Jordan Spieth is an American professional golfer playing on the PGA Tour who won both the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open during the same season, at the age of 21. He also won the FedEx Cup that season and bagged his third major title by winning the Open Championship two years later. He previously held the top position in the Official World Golf Ranking and was named in 'Time' magazine's '100 Most Influential People' list. A first-team All-American in his amateur career, he turned professional during his sophomore year and has a number of achievements under his belt. He became the youngest golfer in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event, the first male in almost a century to win two majors before his 22nd birthday, as well as the youngest American to win the British Open. He has recently been named to the 16-member PGA Tour's Chairman of the Player Advisory Council for a three-year term.
Champion Irish golfer who won the 2011 U.S. Open while setting a record with a score of 16-under-par. He captured his second major victory at the 2012 PGA Championship.
Arnold Palmer turned the status of the game of golf from being a mere game to a compelling sports activity. Fondly nicknamed The King, he was associated with the tremendous golf boom that the sporting activity witnessed in the latter half of the twentieth century that none ever anticipated. One of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf, he, with his charismatic looks, not just made the game popular but successfully broke the jinx of golf as being the pastime of the elite and upper class only. He widened the accessibility of the game to the middle and working class, thus establishing a new found reputation to golf. A trailblazer of the golfing world, he, in his lifetime won 92 tournaments and became the highest earner of the sport. What's more, even after ceasing to win tournaments, he remained as one of the highest earners in golf due to his appeal to sponsors and the public. It was due to his sheer sportsmanship and excellence at playing the games that he became the first golfer ever to be bestowed with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Honor. Even after retirement, Palmer contributed to the sports in a big way by turning into an acute businessman and golf course designer.
Rickie Fowler is an American professional golfer with four PGA Tour wins and two European Tour wins under his belt. During his amateur career, he had attained the top ranking in the world and retained the spot for 37 weeks straight. He also won the Western Junior once and the Sunnehanna Amateur twice, and helped the US claim the Walker Cup twice. As a professional, he has won the Kolon Korea Open in 2011; the Wells Fargo Championship, The Players Championship, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2015; the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in 2016; and The Honda Classic and the Hero World Challenge in 2017. Following his Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship win, he reached a career-high fourth place in the Official World Golf Ranking. He has registered eight top-5 major finishes so far, including once in all four majors within one calendar year, but has not managed to convert any of them into title wins.
Phil Mickelson is one of America's most successful professional golfers. He has won every major tournament except the ˜US Open,' where he has been the runner-up for a record six times. He is characterized by a powerful, but inaccurate drive with an excellent short game that more than makes up for his shortcomings. He has a unique left-handed swing, though he is right-handed. He won a ˜PGA Tour' event as an amateur, at the tender age of 20. Although he is ranked at number two on the ˜PGA Tour' list, his earnings from endorsements are far more than his earnings from the game. He has endorsed brands such as ˜Rolex,' ˜Callaway Golf,' and ˜Ford' among others. In 2007, his annual earnings were estimated to be $ 42 million, making him one of the highest-paid golfers in the world. He was included in the ˜National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame' and was the recipient of the ˜ESPY' award for the best male golfer of 2004. He has represented the country in 11 ˜Ryder Cup' matches and 12 ˜Presidents Cups,' which he considers to be a huge honor. He is married to Amy McBride and has three children. Despite his busy golf schedule, Mickelson has always been a family man and contributed a large portion of his earnings to charity.
In 2002, he joined the PGA Tour and won his maiden tournament, the Verizon Heritage, in 2007, followed by another victory in the same tournament in 2008.
Garry Lester Watson Jr., also referred to as Bubba Watson, is an American professional golfer. Counted among the longest drivers in the world of professional golf, he has earned multiple major titles on the Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour, including a Masters title. As a promising young golfer at both high school and the Faulkner State Community College, it was for his role in University of Georgia's Bulldogs athletics team that Watson first came into prominence. He was instrumental in guiding the university to the Southeastern Conference title. Turning professional at the age of 23 in 2001, Watson had a decent start to his career on the national tour, where he drew eyes for his ability to drive the ball across lengthy distances. After a series of near misses, and lost opportunities, Watson finally emerged triumphant at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut in 2010. In 2011, he would go on to pip Phil McKelson by one stroke to win the Farmers' Insurance Open. His crowning career achievement took place in 2012 when Watson won the Augusta Masters title. In 2015, he reached another high by registering his highest ever PGA ranking slotting in second. He continues to play professionally and has recorded three title wins in 2018.
One of the best golfers of the 1990s, he spent over 150 weeks in the top 10, winning 15 PGA Tours and the 1995 U.S. Open.
Competitive golfer widely known for taking the title of Trilby Tour grand champion in 2013 and 2015. He has also inherited a substantial social media following, including over 90,000 fans on Instagram.
One of the greatest and most successful golf players of all time, Jack Nicklaus is the only player to complete his career ˜Grand Slam' on both regular and senior tours. With a total of 118 professional tournament victories to his credit, he also has a record of 18 major championship titles which include six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens and three British Opens. One of the only five golfers in the world, to have won all four major professional golf tournaments, Nicklaus is known for employing his mental and psychological resources to the game. A talented golf course designer, he has received numerous awards for his designs and he runs one of the largest golf design practices in the world. He is also a proficient writer and has authored many books including the most popular publication ˜Golf My Way', a book with instructions on golf and also an autobiography ˜My Story'. Apart from his other skill sets, he is also a skilful businessman, owns a chain of private business and is the founder and host of ˜The Memorial Tournament'.
LPGA golfer who won 90 international events during her career, including 10 LPGA Major Championships, making her one of the most successful female golfers in history.
Australian golfer who won the PGA Championship, his first major title, in 2015. He hit number 1 in the World Golf Ranking for the first time that same year.
Ranked inside the top 5 for each of his first 5 years on the PGA Tour, he became one of the longest drivers on the tour. He won the 2016 U.S. Open and subsequently the 2017 Genesis Open.
Professional women's golfer who won the Curtis Cup representing the U.S. in 2006 and joined the LPGA Tour in 2007. At the University of Washington, she was a Pac-10 champion and was the top-ranked amateur golfer in the nation.
Golfer, fitness model, and social media star who parlayed her extensive online following into a controversial invitation to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in 2015. After receiving a sponsor's exemption to participate in the tournament, she finished 101st out of 107 players.
Notable as the winner of the 1974 Irish PGA Championship and the 1973, '75, '76, and '80 European Tour tournaments, this Northern Irish-born professional golfer went on to win two European Seniors Tour events.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a female athlete of America. She was famous for her remarkable performance in basketball and golf. She developed a penchant for sports since her childhood days and she played various types of sports like tennis, volleyball and swimming. In her childhood, she used to play baseball with neighbourhood boys in Beaumont. It was this time when she hit five home runs and earned the nick name ˜Babe'. As an employee of Employers Casualty Company in Dallas, she led the team of Golden Cyclones during the AAU Basketball Championship in 1931. Her dream of participating in Olympics became successful when she won two gold medals and one silver medal at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. She left her mark as a skilled golf player who became successful in 82 golf tournaments. She was the founder of Ladies Professional Golf Association. Babe was voted as the Woman Athlete of the Half-Century by the Associated Press. For her spectacular performance in various fields of sports, Associated Press voted her Female Athlete of the Year for six times. This gifted athlete published her autobiography This Life I've Led in 1955. As the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, she was honoured with Bob Jones Award after her death.
Hawaiian golfer who turned professional at the age of just 15. She joined the LPGA Tour in 2009 and won two events on her first two years on the tour.
PGA Tour golfer with over 12 victories, including the Masters in 2007 and the 2015 British Open Championship.
Very successful PGA Tour golfer who won The Players Championship in 2008. He won the 2017 Masters Tournament, defeating Justin Rose in a playoff.
World's youngest LPGA tour winner who took the Women's Open at Ienbee Park, Canada, at 15 years of age. In February 2015, she became the number one ranked professional golfer of either gender at 17 years old.
One of Europe's top golfers who became the 2013 U.S. Open Champion. He also earned the European Tour Order of Merit in 2007 and won the World Golf Championship in 2008.