The Most Famous Golfer of All Time: Ranking the Legends

Choose the golfer you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 11:06
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion truly matters! We're excited to present our latest ranking - "Who is the most famous golfer of all time?" This is your chance to swing into action and cast your vote for the ultimate golfing legend. With icons like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer teeing off in the competition, the race for the top spot is as thrilling as a sudden death playoff. But wait, do you feel we've missed a crucial contender? Don't worry, you can suggest your favorite golf star to join the ranks, and watch as the leaderboard takes shape. Whether you're an avid golfer, a casual fan, or just curious to learn about the greatest in the game, this ranking promises to be a hole-in-one experience. So, grab your putters, folks - it's time to make your mark on the most prestigious golfing poll! Cast your vote now and be a part of history in the making.

Who Is the Most Famous Golfer of All Time? (October 2023)

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    Considered by many as the greatest golfer of all time, Woods has won 15 major championships and 82 PGA Tour titles. He popularized the sport and brought in a new generation of fans.
    Tiger Woods is a world-renowned professional golfer who has achieved legendary status in the field of golf. He is considered one of the most successful athletes of all time, known for his exceptional skills, incredible work ethic, and record-breaking achievements.
    • Major Championships: 15
    • PGA Tour wins: 82
    • World Golf Championships wins: 18
    • Longest streak as World Number 1: 281 weeks
    • Career Prize Money: Over $120 million
    Tiger Woods in other rankings
  2. 2
    Jack Nicklaus
    Shealah Craighead · Public domain
    Nicknamed "The Golden Bear," Nicklaus is a 18-time major champion and has won 73 PGA Tour titles. He is widely considered as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
    Jack Nicklaus in other rankings
  3. 3
    Arnold Palmer
    U.S. Coast Guard · Public domain
    Known as "The King," Palmer was one of the most charismatic and beloved golfers of all time. He won 7 major championships and 62 PGA Tour titles.
    The Arnold Palmer is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink that combines equal parts of iced tea and lemonade. It is named after the professional golfer Arnold Palmer, who was known for enjoying this beverage. The combination of the iced tea's bitterness and the lemonade's sweetness creates a perfectly balanced and thirst-quenching flavor.
    • Ingredients: Iced tea and lemonade
    • Pportion: Equal parts of iced tea and lemonade
    • Flavor: Perfectly balanced mix of bitterness and sweetness
    • Type: Non-alcoholic beverage
    • Origin: United States
    Arnold Palmer in other rankings
  4. 4
    Hogan won 9 major championships and 64 PGA Tour titles. He was known for his work ethic and his precise ball-striking.
    Ben Hogan in other rankings
  5. 5
    Bobby Jones
    Photo by Kellar & White · Public domain
    Jones was the first golfer to win the Grand Slam, all four major championships in a single year. He retired from golf at the age of 28 but left a lasting impact on the sport.
  6. 6
    Sam Snead
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    Snead won 7 major championships and 82 PGA Tour titles, the most by any golfer. He was known for his natural talent and his unorthodox swing.
  7. 7
    Gary Player
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    Player won 9 major championships and 24 PGA Tour titles. He was the first non-American to win the Masters and is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time.
    Gary Player in other rankings
  8. 8
    Ballesteros won 5 major championships and 50 European Tour titles. He was known for his creativity and his ability to improvise shots.
  9. 9

    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson
    Watson won 8 major championships and 39 PGA Tour titles. He was known for his clutch putting and his ability to perform under pressure.
    The Tom Watson is a popular driver on the Senior Tour designed for experienced golfers looking for maximum distance and accuracy. It offers a combination of forgiveness and playability, making it a versatile choice for a wide range of swing styles.
    • Head Size: 460 cc
    • Material: Titanium composite
    • Loft: 9.5 degrees
    • Shaft Flex: Stiff
    • Shaft Material: Graphite
    Tom Watson in other rankings
  10. 10
    Phil Mickelson
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    Mickelson has won 5 major championships and 44 PGA Tour titles. He is known for his short game and his ability to recover from difficult shots.
    Phil Mickelson in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous golfer

  1. Overall Career Achievements
    In addition to majors, other factors such as the total number of career wins, earnings, and accolades like earning player of the year awards can all be considered.
  2. Popularity and Celebrity Status
    The impact a golfer has had on the sport and their influence on popular culture can also be a factor in determining their fame.
  3. Historical Significance
    Some players may be considered more famous due to their impact on the sport during their era or their contribution to golf's history.
  4. International Recognition
    Success on a global scale can also be a factor in a player's fame.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous golfer of all time. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite golfer is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


  • 174 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each golfer once every 24 hours. The rank of each golfer is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous golfer of all time

Golf has been a popular sport for centuries, and with its rise in popularity, many great golfers have emerged over the years. However, there is one name that stands out above the rest - Tiger Woods. Woods has dominated the golfing world since turning professional in 1996, winning a total of 82 PGA Tour events and 15 major championships. His impressive career has earned him the title of the most famous golfer of all time. But, there are other golfing legends who have made their mark on the sport, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Bobby Jones, to name a few. The debate over who is the greatest golfer of all time is ongoing, but there is no denying the impact that these athletes have had on the game.