Exemplifying his domination was a famous marquee at Madison Square Garden declaring "George Mikan vs. His domination of the paint with ambidextrous hook shots caused the NBA to widen the lane and adopt the shot clock as teams would too often stall, preventing the superstar from getting a shot. As the Spurs continued their reign of excellence and resilience, winning titles despite inferior athletic talent, the rest of the league looked to imitate them.
Given the outpouring of emotion and support as he completed his improbable comeback from golf oblivion, it was undeniably the most popular of his 80 PGA Tour wins. And coming five years and four back surgeries after his 79th, it was certainly the most unlikely.
As fans swarmed the 18th fairway at East Lake to be near Tiger as he completed his two-shot win, it became crystal clear just what Woods means to the sport. The King has his rightful place high on this list, and most of the others who join him here owe him a debt of gratitude for the mammoth purses and endorsement opportunities that followed in his wake.
In compiling this ranking, I used two primary criteria: Who won important golf tournaments, and who transcended the game while doing so? In fact, one current superstar finds himself a new addition to the top Here, then, are the 20 men who have had the greatest careers and most lasting impact on the game of golf.
A little better luck and a little more clutch play and he would have seven or eight major wins instead of two and British Opens.
Yet there is a nagging suspicion that the best may still be yet to come for the Northern Irishman, who has yet to return to the giddy heights he scaled inwhen he won two majors.
Open, where he denied Palmer a coveted win. Ernie Els With four majors — two U. Opens and two British Opens — the Big Easy is a legitimate challenger for the title of second-best player of the Tiger Woods era.
His smooth, easy swing is the envy of hackers from here to Johannesburg and has led him to 19 PGA Tour victories. Walter Hagen The flamboyant Hagen was the first ultra-successful touring pro and raised the stature of the lowly pro golfer substantially in an era when amateurs like Bobby Jones ruled the sport.
Hagen won 11 professional majors — two U. Opens, four British Opens and five PGAs — to set a record that would stand until the s, and he also won five Western Opens during a time when that tournament was essentially a major.
Faldo won six majors — three Masters and three British Opens — and earned 30 wins on the European Tour while providing a steadying influence on five Ryder Cup-winning teams.
Four times, Trevino denied Nicklaus at a major championship, adding to his legend as one of the few players who could stare down the Golden Bear. Trevino also brought an unprecedented level of working-man appeal and humor to the Tour, although, as he said, "I played the tour in and told jokes and nobody laughed.
Then I won the Open the next year, told the same jokes, and everybody laughed like hell. Byron Nelson For a few months inByron Nelson played better than anyone ever has.
When you consider that Payne Stewart won 11 tournaments in his career and is considered one of the all-time greats, you get a sense of the magnitude of that accomplishment.
And lest we dismiss the accomplishment on the basis of inferior competition, remember that Sam Snead was nearing his prime and a young Ben Hogan was making a name for himself.
For one incredible spring and summer, Lord Byron invented and patented The Zone. Seve Ballesteros Maybe we loved him because we could identify with him. We were often hitting out of the woods, from bunkers, from parking lots, just like he was.
Almost two decades before Tiger Woods, Ballesteros exploded onto the scene as a precocious year-old, finishing tied for second with the great Jack Nicklaus at the British Open at Royal Birkdale.
His three British Open titles were triumphs of courage and ingenuity. His Open title at Royal Lytham and St.
Annes was punctuated by a birdie for the ages from the parking lot. His title at the Old Course at St. Andrews denied Tom Watson his third consecutive Open and fourth in five years.
His title was, in retrospect, the climax of his playing career and featured one of the great final rounds in golf history.Nov 09, · Dramatic movies that feature golf are few and far between, and that number is shortened even further when separating the good from the bad (it says it all when even the official PGA of America website lists Happy Gilmore and Caddyshack above The Greatest Game Ever Played on its ranking of the top golf movies of all-time), but Paxton’s film.
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