A Few Famous Golfers in History

This post is dedicated to those who have made it to the top of their field. These players are a great inspiration. Let’s take a little walk through history and check out some of the better golfers. Maybe you have different ideas of the best golfers but this is my personal list of a few that spring to mind! Let me know your favorites and most inspirational in the comments below this post. Have you been searching for golf shoes to use on the course? Be sure to read the thorough post Daniel shared if so!

Byron Nelson

Born in 1912 and passing away in 2006, Byron Nelson was a professional American golfer between 1935 and 1946. Byron Nelson has won a huge amount of tournaments over his career but is most famously known for winning 11 consecutive tournaments and 18 in total in the year of 1945. A stellar year to say the least!

After his golfing career ended he retired at the age of 34 and become a rancher then a commentator. The first PGA tour event to be named after a golfer is after Byron Nelson himself.

He also played in many masters tournaments and in 1974 received the Bob Jones Award which is the highest honor given by the United States Golf Association recognising distinguised sportsmanship in the sport of golf. In 1997 he got the PGA tour lifetime achievement award and inducted into the world golf hall of fame. In 2006 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously.

Sam Snead

Born within months of Byron Nelson Sam Snead was another professional American golfer who was top of the sport for almost four decades. Winning 7 majors and 82 PGA tour events he also placed runner up four times in the U.S Open. In 1974 he was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame and in 1998 was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jack Nicklaus

Born in 1940 Nicklaus is also known as the Golden Bear. He is a now retired professional American golfer and has a winning record of 18 career major championships. In 25 years he has had 19 second place and 9 third place finishes.

He was a regular at PGA Tour events, finishing with 73 victories, placing him 3rd behind Sam Snead (82) and Woods (79).

Ben Hogan

Another professional American golfer born the same year as Byron Nelson and Sam Snead he passed away in 1997. Also considered one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport he is well known for his influence on golf swings.

He is one of only five golfers that can say they have won all four major championships currently open to professionals. The other four are Nicklaus, Woods, Player, and Gene Sarazen.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods was born at the end of 1975 and is another professional American golfer and one of the most successful. It is known that he has been one of the worlds highest paid athletes for many years.

At the age of 20 in 1966, Woods turned professional and one year later had 3 PGA tours under his belt. In 1997 he was in number one position worldwide. 

From the mid 2000s things turned a little rocky and he dropped in rankings quite dramatically. That aside he has broken a huge amount of golf records and has held the position of number one golfer for the most consecutive weeks than any other golfer. Receving PGA player of the year 11 times.


There are many inspirational golfers from the beginning of golf to the present day. I personally get motivated just reading up about these players! For me, watching the PGA tour has me cleaning my clubs and planning the next days golf trip. In saying that if you are looking for the best golf equipment or accessories then I can’t recommend Golf Accessories Reviews enough! There are reviews with just about everything golf related so head over and read up before making your purchases.


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