Can You Name These Famous Golfers from a One Sentence Description?


By: Gavin Thagard

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These famous golfers have done it all. They've won tournaments, perfected the art of swinging a golf club and reached millions of fans around the world because of their popularity. How much do you know about these famous golfers, though? Could you pass a quiz where you only get a single sentence description to find out which golfer it is? Here's your chance to find out! 

Golf is not only one of the most popular sports in the world; it's also one of the oldest. Golf has been around for centuries, but the modern game started to really develop in the 19th century. Since then, golfers have risen to fame by winning the most prestigious tournaments in the world. 

Of course, no tournaments are more important than the four majors, and the greatest golfers at least squeeze out a win or two when faced with the toughest competition. After all, that's what legends are made of. 

If you know everything about golf, here's your chance to test your knowledge on the most famous golfers the game has offered. That's if you're up for the challenge. If you think you are, then get started and put that golf knowledge to the test! 

His nickname is "Lefty."

Phil Mickelson got his nickname because of his left-handed swing. He's been playing professionally since 1992.


He founded the Augusta National Golf Club.

The Masters Tournament is by invitation only. This means the field of players is smaller than other tournaments.


A drink with tea and lemonade is named after him.

Arnold Palmer was known as "The King." He played professionally from 1954 until 2006.


He was PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1996.

Tiger Woods has not won a major since 2008. He currently has 14 major championships.


He coauthored Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.

Ben Hogan was well-known for his golf swing, one of the best ever. It's no wonder that he decided to write a book about it.


He's from Northern Ireland.

Rory Mcllroy was twice named PGA Player of the Year. He earned the award in 2012 and 2014.


He has the most Major championships with 18.

Jack Nicklaus won his last Major championship in 1986 when he won the Masters. He officially retired in 2006.


He was PGA Player of the Year six times.

Sill playing, Tom Watson has had one of the longest professional careers of any golfer. He started golfing professionally in 1971.


He's from South Africa.

After winning the U.S. Open in 1965, Gary Player achieved a career Grand Slam. This means he won every major tournament at least once.


He has the most PGA Tour wins, with 82.

Even after his death, Sam Snead has been recognized as one of the greatest golfers to ever play. He was given the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.


He won the first-ever Masters Tournament.

The first Masters Tournament was played in 1934. This was after the founder, Bobby Jones, retired from professional golf.


After winning five major championships, he retired in 1946 to be a rancher.

Byron Nelson had a short career, retiring at the age of 34. For his achievements, however, he was given the Bob Jones Award in 1974.


This former Mexican-American golfer won every major except the Masters twice.

Without winning the Masters, Lee Trevino couldn't complete a career Grand Slam. The closest he came was 10th place.


He won 11 majors, which is third all-time.

Walter Hagen was the first American to win the British Open. He would win three more before his career was over.


He was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Rickie Fowler has yet to win a major championship. He does have four PGA Tour wins, though, and eight wins as a professional.


He achieved a career Grand Slam when he won the Masters in 1935.

Gene Sarazen was the first golfer to achieve a career Grand Slam. Only four other golfers have done it since.


He has the most Open Championship victories with 6.

Harry Vardon helped popularize golf in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was a member of the Great Triumvirate, which consisted of three popular British golfers.


He is known for saying "grip it and rip it."

John Daly knew only one way to play golf: Hit the ball as hard as he could. This, of course, wasn't very effective for putting, and he had to develop a short game as his career continued.


Born in Australia, his nickname is "The Shark."

Greg Norman was known for his driving ability on the golf course. Many regard him as the best ever at it.


In 1994, he was both the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and the European Tour Player of the Year.

Another South African golfer, Ernie Els turned professional in 1989. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.


Out of Australia, he won his only major at the PGA Championship in 2015.

After winning the PGA Championship in 2015, Jason Day won two of the three events in the FedEx Cup playoffs. With these victories, he was ranked as the number one golfer in the world for the first time.


He is a golfer out of Spain.

Sergio Garcia has one major championship, which came at the Masters. He achieved that victory in 2017.


At the 1973 U.S. Open, he shot a 63, which was a first for a major tournament.

Johnny Miller finished his career with two major championships. His first was at the 1973 U.S. Open, and his second came at the 1976 Open Championship.


He won back to back Masters Tournaments in 1989 and 1990.

Nick Faldo finished his career with six major championships. However, he never won the U.S. Open or the PGA Championship.


He received the Byron Nelson Award in 1989, the same year that he won the PGA Championship.

Payne Stewart died in an airplane crash in 1999. It was only a few months after he won the U.S. Open for the second time.


He won the Masters Tournament and was named PGA Player of the Year in 1992.

Fred Couples' only major championship was at the Masters in 1992. That year, he beat out Raymond Floyd by two strokes.


He won five Vardon Trophies throughout the 1960s.

Known for his short game, Billy Casper was named PGA Player of the Year twice. He finished his career with 51 PGA Tour wins.


In 2015, he won both the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open.

During his 2015 victory, Jordan Spieth tied Tiger Woods record for lowest score in the Masters Tournament. Later that year, he was named the PGA Player of the Year.


He won the U.S. Open in 1986, giving him career victories in three of the four majors.

Raymond Floyd never won the Open Championship to complete a career Grand Slam. Still, for his achievements, Floyd was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.


He is first all-time in European Tour victories with 50.

Seve Ballesteros was a Spanish golfer. He finished his career with five major championships.


He's the only Australian golfer to ever win the Masters Tournament.

Adam Scott turned professional in 2000. Since then, he has 29 professional wins, with 13 coming on the PGA Tour.


He won both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship in 1994.

Nick Price has three major championships. He twice won the PGA Championship.


He won the 2017 PGA Championship and was named the 2017 PGA Player of the Year.

Justin Thomas had a successful year in 2017. Aside from the PGA Championship, he also won four PGA Tour events.


He was captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2012 and 2016.

Davis Love III was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. He also received the Bob Jones Award in 2013.


He achieved three career Grand Slams.

Only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have achieved three career Grand Slams. If Nicklaus had won one more U.S. Open, he would have four career Grand Slams.


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