For some, golf is more than a game. It's an obsession that humbles all humans. On the course, these men found more glory than defeat. How much do you know about history's best golfers?
"Arnie's Army" was the name given to the thousands of people who ringed every green to see what sort of golf magic The King would conjure next.
At 60 years old and 26 years since his last major title, Tom Watson charged into the spotlight at the 2009 Open. In the playoff, Stewart Cink outlasted Watson for the win.
With his blond hair and burly body, Jack Nicklaus was a force to be reckoned with on the golf course. He combined power, grace and humility in ways not common among high-profile athletes.
Mickelson has won three of the four majors, but he's never captured a U.S. Open. He's won the Masters three times.
In 1997, Woods was just 21 years old and playing golf with power and finesse the likes of which the world had never before seen. He won the tournament by a jaw-dropping 12 strokes.
Jones was an extraordinarily successful golfer but he didn't enjoy the lifestyle that went along with the PGA tour. At just 28, he gave it all up and went on to other successful work.
As the golf world evolved from wooden club shafts to steel, the swing had to evolve, too. Byron Nelson realized that by adding leg drive to his swing, his game would be both more accurate and more powerful. Most players now put his techniques to use.
Nicklaus has won more majors than any other golfer -- he racked up 18 wins during his illustrious career. Nine times, he finished third in major tournaments.
No one casts a longer shadow on golf than this man -- Sam Snead. He won 82 times during his career, which ended in the 1980s.
Bobby Jones was the phenom who took the golf world by storm … and then left of his own accord. After he retired, he was one of the designers of Augusta National.
In the early 20th century, Walter Hagen was a shining star of U.S. golf. Six times in a row, he was the Ryder team's captain. He also played for the country's first five teams, starting in 1927.
In 1945, Nelson won a ridiculous 11 straight tournaments. He went on to win seven more that year, for a one-year total of 18 victories.
Palmer won seven majors but never captured the PGA, which is held annually in August. He made up for it by winning the Masters four times.
Arnold Palmer won the 1960 Open by two shots. But he was pressed throughout the week by the powers of Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear, who would shortly become one of Palmer's main rivals.
Arnold Palmer began his PGA career in 1955 and then blazed his way to 62 tour victories. He certainly earned "The King" nickname.
Harry Vardon was one of the best-known athletes around the turn of the 20th century. He won the British Open six times, a record that stands to this day.
Watson had an epic rivalry with Jack Nicklaus. In four majors, he came out on top, relegating Nicklaus to second place.
Sam Snead's record of 82 wins seemed to be in jeopardy from the likes of Tiger Woods, who has 79 victories. Given Woods' health problems in recent years, Snead's record could be safe for decades.
A whopping 19 times, Nicklaus came up just short of victory in majors. He had more second-place finishes (19) than wins (18).
When he was just 14 years old, Nelson found himself facing Ben Hogan during a caddie tournament. Nelson defeated Hogan, and the two would later face off many times on the professional tour.
Walter Hagen was a flashy character who won 11 majors during his career, putting him in third place for total majors. His last major title came at the 1929 British Open.
With nine major wins, Hogan is tied with Gary Player for fourth all-time. Hogan won 64 times during his PGA career.
Watson has served as Ryder Cup captain twice, first in 1993 when the U.S. won. He also led the team in 2014, when they lost in Scotland.
The 2000 U.S. Open was the 100th anniversary of this tournament, and Woods celebrated in style, destroying the field by 15 strokes. No golfer before or since has ever won a major tournament by so many strokes.
Tiger's well-publicized pursuit of Nicklaus's major record (18) has so far been unsuccessful. Tiger has 14 major titles and hasn't won one since 2008.
Jones struggled with health problems as a child, so doctors told him to take up golf to keep him active and strengthen his body. They couldn't have known then that Jones would turn out to be one of the best golfers ever.
Snead turned 40 years old and kept right on winning -- he had 17 wins even after he was over the hill. That was a record until Vijay Singh broke it in 2007.
Tiger Woods limped around the course suffering from a stress fracture in his leg. Shortly after his U.S. Open win, he had surgery that caused him to miss the rest of the season.
Snead was a powerful man known for his ability to drive the ball. Not only was he able to blast the ball a long distance, he was accurate, too.
Woods always pointed to the Masters as one of his favorite tournaments, and he expended huge energy in his attempts to win each year. As of 2016, he's won four times.