Beyond LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan, there is no fiercer “biggest ever” argument in sports than that of Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus. The 2 PGA Trip legends with a combined 32 majors were the apparent options for No. 1 and No. 2 on this list of the very best golf players, but in which order?
1. Byron Nelson
Half of Byron Nelson’s 52 professions PGA Trip triumphs can be found in 1944 and 1945. He won 8 in a single-year record and the previous year 18 occasions in the latter, consisting of an astonishing 11 successive competitions.
Even though he retired from expert golf in 1946 at the age of 34, he continued to stand out at the Masters up until he turned 40. He just won two times, but from 1937 to 1951, he completed top-eight in all 12 years the Masters was played.
It wasn’t simply the Masters. Nelson played in an overall of 29 majors from 1937 to 1951, completing 8th or much better in 26 of them, consisting of 6 second-place surfaces.
2. Arnold Palmer
“The King” won 62 competitions over almost twenty years, consisting of 7 majors in between 1958 and 1964. 4 of those wins were at the Masters, an overall just Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have reached. Not remarkably, Palmer was called the PGA Gamer of the Year in both 1960 and 1962, winning two majors in each.
3. Sam Snead
Sam Snead is no place close to the very first location in significant champions; he is the all-time leader in PGA Trip triumphs.
The greatest one is that he just played the British Open 5 times in his profession – compared to 44 times contending at the Masters. Per Bob Carter in a function for ESPN, Snead just played in (and won) 1946 British Open because of “legal ties to a sponsor ” at St. Andrews. From 1938 to 1961, that was the only time he took part in the British Open, decreasing his profession opportunities to win majors by almost 25 percent.
The Second World War was another huge aspect, as an overall of 14 majors were canceled from 1940 to 1945. Because of that, Snead lost out on a lot of changes from ages 28 to 33– an age variety in which Tiger Woods won 6 majors, and Jack Nicklaus won 5.
4. Tiger Woods
From 1997 through 2008, Woods completed in the top 30 in 44 of 46 successive majors, winning 14 of them. In 2000-01, he won 4 straight majors, ending up being the only individual to ever hold all four titles at the very same time, which wasn’t even the most outstanding stretch of his profession, as Woods, later on, positioned top 4 in 12 of 14 majors from 2005 through 2008 with six wins.
5. Jack Nicklaus
Both Sam Snead and Tiger Woods wound up winning more overall occasions on the PGA Trip than Jack Nicklaus, but the Golden Bear remained in a class of his own at majors.
Not just did Nicklaus win 18 majors, but he was likewise the runner-up 19 times. He won each significant a minimum of 3 times and ended up in the top 2 a minimum of 8 times in each sign.
No other golf player had more than 46 top-10 surfaces, but Nicklaus was a top-10 finisher 73 times and ended up in the top 5 56 times. At his peak from 1971 comprehensive 1977, Nicklaus positioned top 5 in 23 of 28 majors, consisting of 6 wins.