Many have heard of the 7 wonders of the world. In the spirit of that, we decided to come up with a list of the “7 Wonders of the Golf World.” This list, in no particular order, gives a nod to the great accomplishments these golfers have achieved. Let us know what you think!
Mr. Player has long been considered one of the greatest ambassadors for the game of golf. As of 2012, the Black Knight claimed he had traveled over 15 million miles over his illustrious career. Besides his playing career, Player’s design company, real estate, and charitable foundation contribute to the game. The 9-time major also has a longevity that is legendary in the game. His workouts put some a quarter his age to shame!
The Golden Bear is golf’s all-time leader in major wins, collecting 18 throughout his career! With no clear contender on the horizon, many feel that record to remain unbroken for a while, if ever. He also ranks third in overall wins in PGA Tour history. The Ohioan’s career off the course is equally impressive – his course design can be seen in 45 countries.
The most dominant golfer in the modern era is currently 2nd in Majors and in overall wins. He succeeded to win the “Tiger Slam” in 2000 and 2001, holding all 4 majors at the same time. He is well known for not only the wins but how he won, which was often in dominating fashion.
The Hawk is known as one of the best ball strikers in golf history. He used his skill to win 64 times, including 9 majors despite serving in World War II and surviving a near-fatal car crash in the prime of his career. His book, Five Lessons: The Fundamentals of Golf is one of the most wide-read swing instruction books to date. His name also adorns equipment and apparel.
Slammin’ Sammy is the winningest player in history, with 82 victories. He is the oldest player to win a PGA Tour Event at 52. He is also the oldest to make a cut in a PGA Tour event at 67. Snead is the only player in history to post a top-10 finish in a major in 5 different decades.
Perhaps Phil’s greatest contribution to the game is his short game. His creativity and ability to pull off amazing shots around the green earned him the nickname “Phil the Thrill.” On the course, he is as competitive as anyone. During his career, he has won 42 tournaments and 5 majors. Off the course, he is known for his kind, outgoing personality, and charitable foundation.
Bobby Jones competed as an amateur during his short career. Notably, in 1930, he won the only Grand Slam in golf history. During that season, he won all 4 majors of the era in a single year. After the 1930 season, Jones retired from competition but his influence on the game was only beginning. He went on to be the founder and designer of Augusta National Golf Club and co-found The Master’s tournament. Besides course design, Jones was also a lawyer, golf club designer, and golf filmmaker.