As you continue to focus on your golf training and development, it is no secret that you have one goal: to be the best. Since the first round of golf was played hundreds of years ago, countless golfers have climbed the world rankings and left their mark on the sport. Men and women around the world have not only played well enough to win tournaments, but also have captured the attention of the public and helped bring golf to new levels of interest and popularity.
The following is a list of four golfers – men and women, currently household names and not – who were and are famous for what they accomplished out on the course.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
The argument could be made that The Babe is the greatest female golfer of all time. It is tough to create a definitive list of the best golfers ever, simply because the game has evolved over the years with advances in technology and course design. However, there is no arguing that Babe did what the majority of golfers today only dream of. She collected 41 Tour wins, including 10 majors, and had a number of additional wins as an amateur. In 1945, Babe played in four PGA events against male golfers and made the cut after 36 holes in three of them. No other woman to date has been able to repeat that feat.
No golfer on the men’s side has had the same success as Sam Snead, who won titles in four different decades. His first victory came in the 1936 West Virginia Closed Pro, and his final win was at the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at the age of 52. Between that time, Sam posted 81 PGA Tour wins – more than any other player. One of his more famous Tour wins came in the 1954 Masters when he defeated Ben Hogan in a playoff. In 1979 he became the first golfer to card a score below his age in a PGA Tour event, shooting rounds of 67 and 66 in the Quad Cities Open at the age of 67.
Annika Sorenstam’s career stats are on par with the best women to ever play the game competitively. In her favor is the fact that she put up those numbers against arguably the best field of competitors ever. Annika won 72 LPGA titles, including 10 majors, and another 17 on the Ladies European Tour. At the 2001 LPGA Standard Register Ping, she shot the lowest round in Tour history with a 59. Competing in the 90s and early 2000s, she helped introduce golf to a broader fan base worldwide.
Without a doubt, Tiger Woods is one of the most famous athletes of all time, regardless of the sport. In his first Masters as a pro, he shattered the tournament record with an 18-under that helped him win the green jacket by 12 strokes. Since he turned pro, Tiger has collected 78 PGA Tour wins, 14 majors, 10 Player of the Year awards, and the lowest career scoring average ever. Tiger turned non-fans into golfers and provided inspiration for the next generation of juniors to become the best.
As you go out for your next golf training session, keep in mind that the greatest golfers of all time started out the same way you did. By continuing to work hard and develop your abilities, you may one day get to see your name at the top of the leaderboard! Learn more about golfing, including golf camps for juniors, by contacting the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) today at (843) 686-1500.