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It is the best time of the year for a golf enthusiast.
OK, maybe that is a lot. But there is renewed interest in the game this holiday season, thanks to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who will resign in Capital One & # 39; s The Match: Tiger vs. November 23rd. Phil.
The pay-per-view event goes for $ 19.99 through providers that include B / R Live, and both competitors have said they are part of the $ 9 million & winner-take-all & # 39; donate wallet to various charities, according to GolfChannel.com.
The threatening race reminds us of Woods & # 39; and Mickelson & # 39; s placing with the all-time greats of the game, which formed the impetus for the next slide show, including our choice for the top 12.
Spoiler alert, both Woods and Mickelson are included.
Note: the "wins" total depends on the profit you are considering (PGA wins alone or a combination of others). Here comes the info from the World Golf Hall of Fame site.
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majors: 5 (3 Masters, 1 British Open, 1 PGA)
Regarded as a surefire star when changing pro in 1992, it was a while before Phil Mickelson broke through to bar the title of "great champion" with a victory at the Masters in 2004, but he has won that event twice since. and is three-quarters of the way to a career Grand Slam – something that only 15 others can say.
His 43 PGA Tour wins are in ninth place on the all-time list and his career earnings have improved by $ 88 million, thanks to no less than 193 top-10 finishes in 595 career events, a clip of 32.4 percent.
His most recent win, at the 2018 WGC Mexico Championship, came at the age of 47 in March 2018 and was his first since he captured the 2013 British Open.
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majors: 5 (2 Masters; 1 U.S. Open; 2 PGA & # 39; s)
It was 73 years ago, but the stat still jumps off the page. Byron Nelson not only won 18 PGA Tour events in 1945, but captured an absurd 11 in a row to set a standard, we will say – that will never be seriously approached, let alone broken.
But it is not as if all "Lord Byron" was accomplished. In fact, the lanky Texan was a five-time big winner and captured a total of 52 PGA Tour events, accounting for the sixth in history. He won three of the 10 majors that were played during the war-affected part from 1940 to 1945 and was fifth or better.
A "money player" before the deadline was invented was a top-10 finisher in 28 majors, including 21 top-fives.
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majors: 7 (1 Masters; 2 US Open: 1 British Open; 3 PGA & # 39; s)
Gene Sarazen wrote perhaps the most famous golf shoot in history, the remarkable double-eagle on the par-5 15th in Augusta that helped him to catapult him to the Masters championship of 1935.
But that is not all he has achieved.
Winner for the first time at the age of 19, Sarazen became the first winner of the career Grand Slam when he ended the aforementioned Masters triumph, which contributed to a few US Opens (1922, 1932), a British Open (1932)) and three PGA & # 39; s (1922, 1923, 1933). Only four players have joined the ranks in the next 83 years, illustrating the enormous scope of the achievement.
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majors: 11 (2 American openings, 4 British openings, 5 PGAs)
If you are one of only three players to have ever achieved double-digit majors and the boys are nicknamed Nicklaus and Woods, you are rightly a good company. Add to that the act that the masters did not start after Walter Hagen's prime, and it is an even more impressive achievement.
Hagen won 11 of the 37 majors from 1914 and 1929, a 29.7 per cent clip that befits Tiger Woods between 1997 and 2008 (29.1 per cent) and from 1962 to 1986 is much larger than Jack Nicklaus (18 per cent).
He is tagged by the World Golf Hall of Fame as & # 39; & # 39; The world's first full-time tournament professional & # 39; and was a deadly hostile battle, the PGA won four straight times (1924 to 1927) when it was a match-play event.
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majors: 9 (3 Masters; 3 British Opens; 1 U.S. Open; 2 PGA & # 39; s)
Although some players are successful in their respective back yards, Gary Player was a man for all courses in almost all countries and won on every continent outside of Antarctica.
He was a big winner in his 20s, 30s and 40s-something even Tiger Woods can not say (yet) and joins Woods and only three others as winners of the Grand Slam career.
Although he was certainly a great player and a consistent contender, he was probably never the best in the world ever, keeping him further in the rankings than he would otherwise have achieved.
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majors: 8 (2 Masters, 5 British Opens, 1 U.S. Open)
The window was not open relatively long, but Tom Watson was certainly a superstar while it was.
He captured the British Open five times in nine years between 1975 and 1983 and added a few seconds to that event in 1984 and 2009. Only two other players have ever won the same big five times. Three other majors came to the Masters (twice) and the U.S. Open, not to mention eight general placements as second, and he finished in the top 10 of each major at least 10 times.
In 1977 he was six times PGA player of the year from 1984 to 1984 and was as good as a late-prime Jack Nicklaus ever had.
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majors: 7 (3 British Opens; 4 U.S. Opens)
Several lists have him in different places, but only a few claim that Bobby Jones was the first superstar of golf.
His already impressive impressive count jumps from seven to thirteen when you consider that the majors in his time were also the American Amateur and British Amateur, which he won six times in addition to the three British Opens and four American Opens he also deserved.
He won all four pre-Masters majors in 1930 and later created the Grand Slam & # 39; was named.
Co-founder of the Masters, too, Jones retired at the age of 28, but he influenced the game after his years.
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majors: 7 (4 Masters; 1 U.S. Open; 2 British Opens)
If you were a golf lover in the late fifties and early sixties, Arnold Palmer probably had something to do with it.
"Arnie" was responsible for packed galleries and watched televisions especially during that trajectory, when he picked up each of his seven majors – including four at the masters – and was the first competing rival for a young phenomenon named Nicklaus.
He also finished in second place in 10 more majors, including three times in 18-hole playoffs at the US. Open.
His influence on the game is still matched by a number, and his death in 2016 at the age of 87 mourned far beyond the limits.
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PGA Tour wins: 128
majors: 7 (3 Masters, 1 British Open, 3 PGA & # 39; s)
Sam Snead has won more PGA Tour events than any other player, so that more than a backup is made of such a high ranking on a list of very best quantities.
He also collected seven majors, and he may have won much more if he had not missed many opportunities during the war years in the early 1940s. He also never won the American Open despite the fact that he reached the top 10 no less than ten times.
The greatness has not faded, as is shown by a draw for third place on the 1974 PGA in his early 60s and his status as the oldest man to conquer a PGA Tour event, at the age of 52 in 1965 .
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PGA Tour wins: 64
majors: 9 (2 Masters; 4 US Open; 1 British Open; 2 PGA & # 39; s)
Ben Hogan was the best player in the world, both before and after an almost-deadly car wreck that cost him the 1949 season, and three majors won before and another six after. Included in that piece was a run in which he captured eight of the 11 majors he entered and ended in all other games.
Remarkably consistent, he was a top 10 finisher in 31 of the 32 majors from 1940 to 1956 and earned that in 40 out of 58 overall – or 69 percent – in his career.
That is almost 20 percent better than Tiger Woods and almost 25 percent better than Jack Nicklaus.
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majors: 18 (6 masters; 4 American openings; 3 British open; 5 PGA & # 39; s)
If you judge greatness on the depth and breadth of a career, nobody is above Jack Nicklaus.
He won more PGA Tour events than any other than two men and he has more big championships than any other, not to mention 19 runner-up placements in the same marquee tournaments.
Fans of a certain age recall his dominance of the sixties and seventies, while those of a younger generation can find their contact with the game to the 1986 Masters, where a 46-year-old & # 39; Golden Bear & # 39; the most unlikely and perhaps most memorable, victory of his career.
The most consistently great player that ever lived, Nicklaus won at least twice on the PGA Tour for 17 consecutive years, from 1962 to 1978. And no list that calls him number 1 has to apologize.
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majors: 14 (4 masters; 3 American openings; 3 British open; 4 PGA & # 39; s)
But when it comes to the peak of one man against another, nobody reaches the level of Tiger Woods.
Not even Jack Nicklaus.
Woods put golf on the front page of almost every newspaper and website in America from 1997 to 2008, when he won each of his 14 career majors, a winning percentage of 29.1 out of 48 tournaments with fields that included names like Mickelson, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Davis Love III, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie.
He won the career Grand Slam three times and created the "Tiger Slam" in 2000-01 when he became the reigning champion in each of the four majors, an achievement never before achieved.
No less an authority than Mickelson says it is the best game ever played.
"I do not think anyone today who was not there to witness it, and I think no one will ever see that level of play before," Mickelson told ESPN in May. "I see 2000 as a kind of benchmark in the US Open and the biggest wave I've ever seen and I believe has ever been played."
The remarkable run ended in the 2008 Open in the United States and has since been sewn by wounds and scandals, but Woods closed its 2018 season with the win during the Tour Championship and brought its ranking back to number 13 in the world. Perhaps number 15 is not far away. And when it happens, it becomes the biggest sport story in years.