Golf is widely recognized as the most prestigious and expensive sport of all existing in the world. Of course, many serious athletes are trained mercilessly to become the best player in the world and earn great money. Over the past 100 years many outstanding players, who deserve fame, participated in large international Golf championships. It is difficult to compare golfers from different eras as individual characteristics and accomplishments must be taken in context of the time, conditions, rules, competitions, etc.
One of them is Harry Vardon (1870-1937), who was the winner of British Open six times and one time US Open. Along with DH Taylor and James Bride (the great triumvirate) he dominated the game for 25 years. Even at the age of 50 years, he took second place in the US Open.
Walter Hagen (1892-1969) was born in Rochester, New York. Hagen won 11 major championships, two US Open, four British Open and five USPGA Championships, including four in a row between 1924 and 1927. He was a captain of the first six teams in the American Ryder Cup. One of his famous phrases that he spoke in any tournament sounds like: “Well, who will be the second?” A successful player in the pre-war period is considered to be Bobby Jones, who won not only the American and British Amateur Championships, but also the open tournaments in the US and the UK in 1931.
As for women, that history has remembered a few names of successful golfers. Nancy Lopez (born in 1957), is the real star of USLPGA Tour since 1978. That year Nancy Lopez spent her first full professional season, when she won nine tournaments, including five in a row. Nancy brought a new wave of popularity in women’s professional Golf and turned it into the main TV sport in America. Joyce Wethered won the English Women’s Amateur Championship in 1924. Even more successful was Mildred Didrikson Zaharias. In 1946 she won the English Women’s Amateur Championship and in 1947 she won the Women’s British Amateur Championship. In addition to these victories she won the Open tournaments held in the United States in 1948, 1950 and 1954.
Charlie Sifford was the first Afro-American golfer. In 1990 the professional golfers Association announced Golf as a game without racial discrimination. However, the leader of the day today is Tiger Woods, who, being quite young, won the American professional Championship in 1997. In 2000 he earned 9.5 million dollars through Golf. Now he’s a pretty successful athlete. It is worth noting that Tiger is recognized as the highest-paid player in the world for several years. Tiger Woods was ranked second, after the famous TV presenter Oprah Winfrey, in the list of the authoritative magazine “Forbes” on indicators such as income and popularity. He is a multiple winner of numerous Golf tournaments and is considered to be the best golfer in the world in recent years.