The very-official list: Top 20 golfers of all time

September 25, 2009 | Drew Forrester

I’m not even sure why I decided to do this, but I’m doing it anyway.

Enjoying a lazy Friday afternoon, watching golf on TV (Tiger’s in the lead – I know, you’re stunned) and listening to Nick Faldo do commentary when it struck me:  “Where does Faldo rank on the all-time list?”

So here’s my top 20 all-time players on the PGA Tour.  None of this has ANYTHING to do with how much money these guys have made.  It’s all relative based on when you played.  Before Tiger became Golf in America and carried the TOUR around on his back, the winner’s check was between $180,000 and $240,000 based on the event.  Ben Hogan would win a tournament and cash a check for $5,500. 

Anyway, here’s the list.  

20. Cary Middlecoff

19.  Walter Hagen

18. Seve Ballesteros

17. Hale Irwin

16. Raymond Floyd

15.  Nick Price

14.  Johnny Miller

13.  Vijay Singh

12.  Phil Mickelson

11.  Nick Faldo

10.  Billy Casper

9.  Greg Norman

8. Gary Player

7.  Tom Watson

6.  Byron Nelson

5.  Arnold Palmer

4.  Sam Snead

3.  Ben Hogan

2. Jack Nicklaus

1.  Tiger Woods