Golf is a game of skill and luck. By many it's also the game they love to hate the most. The sport of Golf is a simple concept - hit a ball into a hole - but the reality is much more complicated.
Lloyd Mangrum was a popular and successful golf player in the decade after World War II. He was a major contender in the Masters, finishing in the top 8 from 1947-1956, and he finished 2nd in 1949.
Cary Middlecoff spent two years as an Army dentist and was encouraged to try golf by his father. He was listed as the ninth best American golfer of all time in the 1989 PGA Tour rankings. Learn more about Cary Middlecoff's pro golf career.
During his career, Johnny Miller collected a total of 24 career PGA Tour victories. He began a career as a commentator for NBC in the late 1980s and became immediately popular despite the occasional controversy. Find out more about Johnny Miller's successful golf career.
Tom Morris Sr. and Tom Morris Jr. each won four British Opens. Tom Morris Jr. was considered the most powerful player of his time having won the Open Championship in 1868. Find out more about father-son golf tandem Tom Morris Sr. and Tom Morris Jr.
Byron Nelson made history in 1945 with his streak of 11 consecutive victories on the PGA Tour. He never became as popular as his contemporaries because he played his best before the PGA became popular. Learn more about Byron Nelson's golf career.
Jack Nicklaus is one of the greatest golfers in history, but he was initially shunned for beating Arnold Palmer. But things changed quickly -- Nicklaus has been "officially" and unofficially named the greatest player to ever play the game.
Greg Norman did not take up golf until he was 16 years old. Norman obtained a reputation for losing tournaments in the final round of play, especially the 1996 Masters. Learn why Greg Norman was better known for how he lost than how he won.
Gene Sarazen dominated the golf field in the 1920s and '30s. In his final Tour appearance he made a hole-in-one at Royal Troon golf course at the age of 71. Learn about Gene Sarazen and how he succeeded in winning all four major championships.
Francis Ouimet was the first American golfer to be captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. He was once banned from amateur competition due to his interest in a sporting goods store. Learn more about Francis Ouimet's career.
Long before Tiger Woods took the golfing world by storm in the 1990s, Arnold Palmer transcended the sport and became a national folk hero. Learn how Palmer popularized golf in the United States.
Patty Sheehan was the most consistent LPGA player of the 1980s and 90s. She is considered to have one of the most consistent golf swings, which has helped her avoid slumps in her career. Find out how Patty Sheehan stayed on the top ten list from 1982-1993.
Scotsman James Braid, a long hitter in his day, was the first golfer to win five British Opens. He was also the first person to shoot a round in the 60s in the British Open where he ended with a 69.
Robert Trent Jones was a prolific and influential golf course architect. He designed more than a dozen of the top 100 American golf courses and more than 450 golf courses worldwide.
Bobby Jones contributed much more to the game of golf than just championship records. He helped create one of the most famous golf courses in the world when he designed Augusta National.
Betsy King won six professional golf tournaments in 1989, and she became the first LPGA player to surpass the $5 million mark in career earnings in 1994. She also scored her 30th win that year.
Tom Kite has earned more than $9 million in PGA Tour earnings. He has earned nearly ten million dollars of the course of a 25 year career even though he plays more for recreation than a job. Learn more about Tom Kite's successful golfing career.
Lawson Little is best known for his successful amateur golf career. He was one of the longer hitters of his time, but he was known for having a great short game. Learn more about Lawson Little and his 26-club bag.
Gene Littler's rhythmic golf swing and accuracy earned him the nickname "Gene the Machine." He finished fifth on the money list at the age of 45 in 1975 and also won three times that year. Find out more about Gene Littler's impressive golf career.
Bobby Locke was a South African golf player with unorthodox methods. Locke was known for charging the press $100 for every instructional question they asked him. Find out more about Bobby Locke's successful pro golf career.
Nancy Lopez won five consecutive events in 1978 and nine tournaments total that year. She was inducted as the 11th member of the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1987, despite not having won a national championship.
Spencer Haywood was the ABA's Most Valuable Player at 21 and the NBA's preeminent power forward at 23. He averaged 24.9 points and 12.1 rebounds in five seasons with Seattle Supersonics and led them to the playoffs.
Walter Hagen was the first American professional golfer. Hagen set himself apart from other golfers not through his athletic talents but by his instinct for great showmanship. Learn more about Walter Hagen's life and successful golfing career.
Sandra Haynie is one of only three golfers to win the U.S. Women's Open and LPGA Championship in one year. She finished her career with a total of 42 wins and tied for the seventh best of all time.
Harold Hilton is the only British golfer to ever win the U.S. Amateur. He is also one of three amateurs to win the British Open and one of four that won both the U.S. and British Amateurs. Learn more about Harold Hilton's amateur golfing career.
Ben Hogan had to overcome many hardships to become one of golf's all-time great champions. He won the Colonial Invitational in 1959, which turned out to be his last win; he retired a year later. Find out more about Ben Hogan's golfing career.
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