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The Golf 100:
Ranking the Greatest Golfers of All Time

The list below is from the book The Golf 100: Ranking the Greatest Golfers of All Time (Kensington Publishing Corp./Citadel Press: New York City, 2001), written by Robert McCord.

Text from inside book jacket:

Organized golf began in Scotland in the fifteenth century. Since that small beginning the game has grown phenomenally and circled the globe. Today players and spectators number in the millions. The game has provided thrills and spectator performances aplenty and grounds for arguments about the exploits of the best golfers of all time.

But who were the best? How do you compare the achievements of golfers in the era of the featherie ball, a sewn leather sphere stuffed with feathers, to the modern era of aerodynamically tested Surlyn balls and titanium-shafted clubs? How do you rank players who had different opportunities to win championships? Or those who competed before there were large money purses or, indeed, any at all?

...The author substantiates his choices [or the rankings in the list] by providing colorful, detailed biographies with little-known facts about each golfer.



1Jack Nicklaus1940-
2Tiger Woods1976-Buddhist
3Ben Hogan1912-1997
4Bobby Jones1902-1971
5Sam Snead1912-
6Byron Nelson1911-Church of Christ
7Arnold Palmer1929-
8Gary Player1936-
9Walter Hagen1892-1969
10Gene Sarazen1902-1999
11Harry Vardon1870-1937
12Tom Watson1949-
13Lee Travino1939-
14Billy Casper1931-Latter-day Saint
15Nick Faldo1957-
16Steve Ballesteros1957-
17Greg Norman1955-
18Gary Middlecoff1921-
19Jimmy Demaret1910-1983
20Willie Anderson1878-1910
21Raymond Floyd1942-
22Hale Irwin1945-
23Tommy Armour1895-1968
24Julius Boros1920-1994
25Lloyd Mangrum1914-1973
26Young Tom Morris1851-1875
27Ralph Guldahl1911-1987
28Gene Littler1930-
29Jim Barnes1887-1966
30Horton Smith1908-1963
31Johnny Miller1947-Latter-day Saint
32J. H. Taylor1871-1963
33Bobby Locke1917-1987
34Paul Runyan1908-
35Macdonald Smith1892-1949
36Craig Wood1902-1968
37James Braid1870-1950
38Henry Picard1907-1997
39Lawson Little1911-1968
40Peter Thomson1929-
41Larry Nelson1947-
42Payne Stewart1957-1999Baptist
43Harry Cooper1904-2000
44Harold Hinton1869-1942
45John Ball1861-1940
46Ernie Els1969-
47Nick Price1957-
48Tom Kite1949-
49Ben Crenshaw1952-
50Mark O'Meara1957-
51Willie Park Sr.1833-1903
52Alex Smith1872-1930
53Denny Shute1904-1974
54Leo Diegel1899-1951
55Old Tom Morris1821-1908
56Jerry Travers1887-1951
57Chick Evans1890-1979
58Francis Ouimet1893-1967
59Johnny Farrell1901-1988
60Henry Cotton1907-1987
61Curtis Strange1955-
62Jack Burke Jr.1923-
63Lanny Wadkins1950-
64Hubert Green1946-
65Bernhard Langer1957-
66Jock Hutchison1884-1977
67Jose-Maria Olazabal1967
68Roberto de Vicenzo1923-
69Doug Ford1923-
70Tommy Bolt1919-
71Tom Weiskopf1942-
72Fuzzy Zoeller1951-
73Walter Travis1862-1927
74Tony Jacklin1944-
75Fred Couples1959-
76Craig Stadler1953-
77Ted Ray1877-1943
78Vijay Singh1963-Sikh
79Ken Venturi1931-
80Davis Love III1964-
81Corey Pavin1959-
82Sandy Lyle1958-
83Ian Woosnam1958-
84David Graham1946-
85David Stockton1941-
86Bob Charles1936-
87Lee Janzen1964-
88Olin Dutra1901-1983
89Johnny Revolta1911-1991
90James Ferrier1915-1986
91Arnaud Massy1877-1958
92Bob Ferguson1848-1915
93Jamie Anderson1842-1912
94Willie Park Jr.1864-1925
95Dow Finsterwald1929-
96Tony Lema1934-1966
97Doug Sanders1933-
98Johnny McDermott1892-1971
99Willie MacFarlane1890-1961
100John Daly1966-

The list below is from the appendix of the book The Golf 100: Ranking the Greatest Golfers of All Time (Kensington Publishing Corp./Citadel Press: New York City, 2001), written by Robert McCord.

The Top 40 Women Golfers

1 Mickey Wright
2 Kathy Whitworth
3 Patty Berg
4 JoAnne Gunderson Carner
5 Louise Suggs
6 Joyce Wethered
7 Babe Didrikson Zaharias
8 Glenna Collett Vare
9 Nancy Lopez
10 Betsy Rals
11 Patty Sheehan
12 Sandra Haynie
13 Betsy King
14 Pat Bradley
15 Carol Mann
16 Juli Simpson Inkster
17 Beth Daniel
18 Amy Alcott
19 Donna Caponi
20 Karrie Webb
21 Annika Sorenstam
22 Judy Rankin
23 Jane Blalock
24 Marlene Bauer Hagge
25 Catherine LaCoste
26 Laura Davies
27 Dottie Pepper
28 Marilynn Smith
29 Sandra Palmer
30 Hollis Stacy
31 Meg Mallon
32 Cecil Leitch
33 Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe
34 Pam Barton
35 Jan Stephenson
36 Ayako Okamoto
37 Anne Quast Sander
38 Marlene Streit
39 Lady Margarett Scott
40 Beatrix Hoyt

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