Golf is one of the most iconic sports of all. In this article, we will explore the success of the greatest golfers. Emphasizing those who play today and the pioneers, not forgetting the Brazilian talents as well.
Pioneers and wonders
There are two retired players indispensable to golf. These are Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
In short, Jack Nicklaus no longer plays-but played too much. As much as Woods was an icon of the sport, the golfer Nicklaus is the record holder, the greatest champion in the history of golf.
As a result of his exceptional abilities, Jack carries 18 majors in his pocket. He retired as one of the best golf course designers in the world.
Similarly, Arnold Palmer pioneered golf in the United States. Charismatic and ambitious, from a young age, was responsible for breaking the stigma that golf is an exclusive sport for the rich. Thus he became a successful businessman and is, to this day, one of the greatest voices of golf.
Tiger Woods, the monster
First of all, the name Tiger Woods is almost synonymous with “golf.” Considered a myth in sports, it would be impossible to speak of golf players without quoting the Californian legend.
At first, Woods won his first major championship (one of the four most important in the sport) at the age of 21. With this, he became the youngest to achieve the deed. Thus, his ability kept him at the top of the sport for many years.
Woods turned the sport’s face, running the golf ball like no one else, spreading his influence even out of golf. Woods became the first billionaire sportsman in history. In this way, it motivated the formation of an entire generation of golf players.
As much as he was one of the greatest golfers in history, Woods also maintains a particular reputation as unlucky. His career is filled with physical injuries.
Between 1994 and 2017, Woods suffered more than ten severe injuries and medical complications, breaking cartilage and tendons. Also, Woods also had several personal problems that drove him away from his career.
The main problem was the scandal involving more than ten women who claimed to have had affairs with the player. This happened around the same time that he was still married to Elin Nordegren.
Surprisingly, it never stopped him. After this episode and several surgeries, he recently returned to the camps with great success. Wounded, Woods plays and continues to win.
When golfers talk about the “World Golf rankings,” we are almost always referring to the Official World Golf Ranking the ranking of male tourism professionals who are recognized and sanctioned by the major golf tournaments and men’s golf organizations. (Other versions can be confronted on the golf rating page.)
When did the World Golf ranking open?
The first official Golf rankings in the world that are part of the current system were published on April 7, 1986.
At that time, they were known as the Sony Rankings. They later became known as the Official World Golf Ranking officer (OWGR).
Top 10 players on the first rankings list of April 1986:
- Bernhard Langer
- Sandy Lyle
- Seve Ballesteros
- Mark O’meara
- Tommy Nakajima
- Hal Sutton
- Calvin Peete
- Greg Norman
- Tom Watson
- Corey Pavin
Which players are included in the World Golf rankings?
Golfers can participate in the Official World Golf Ranking if they accumulate points participating in events in the tours mentioned above, as well as developments the European Challenge Tour, the One Asia Tour, the Korean Tour, the PGA Tour Latin-American, the PGA Tour. Canada, PGA Tour China, and Asian Development Tour.
Highlights of today
The 2018 golf scene has numerous young talents. Among them were the Americans Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. It is also important to highlight the North Irish Rory McIlroy, who was responsible for winning the best score record in the history of the US Open (one of the ‘majors’) in 2011.
McIlroy became the third golfer in history to win four majors before the age of twenty-five. The other two: Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.