Amy Alcott ; Alcott joined the LPGA in 1975. 29 victories during her professional career, including five majors. Alcott had 15 top-10 finishes and was the third LPGA member to surpass the $2 million mark in career earnings. She soon reached the $3 million mark in 1994.
Willie Anderson ; The son of a Scottish greenkeeper, Anderson emigrated to the US at age 15 and became the first dominant player in America. He won the US Open four times before age 37, including three consecutively from 1903 to 1905. Anderson finished in the top five 11 of the 14 times that he competed in the national championship.
Tommy Armour ; A native of Edinburgh, the "Silver Scot" won the 1927 U.S. Western Open, the 1930 PGA Championship, and the 1931 British Open. One of golf's most respected instructors, Armour excelled despite injuries suffered in WWI that left him with one eye and with metal plates in his head and arm.
John Ball ; Ball may have been England's greatest amateur With his victory in 1890, the eight-time British Amateur champion became the first Englishman and first amateur to win the British Open. He sometimes went for months without setting foot on a golf course. Ball competed in his last British Amateur at age 6O.
Seve Ballesteros ; Ballesteros played with a rare combination of talent and heart. Seve Ballesteros won over 65 professional tournaments, including five majors (the 1979, 1984, and 1988 British Opens; and the 1980 and 1983 Masters), and captained the 1997 European Ryder Cup Team to victory.
Jim Barnes ; An assistant pro in England at age 15, Bones came to America at 19, and between 1916 and 1975 won all the major tournaments of his day: the Western Open in 1914, 1917, and 1919; the first two PGA Championships in 1916 and 1919; the 1921 US Open; and the 1927 British Open.
Patty Berg ; After claiming 29 amateur titles, including the 1938 US Women's Amateur, Berg turned professional in 1940. Victorious in the first US Women's Open in 1946, she won four World Championships, seven Western Opens, and seven Titleholders Tournaments. A founder and first president of the LPGA, Berg was awarded the Vare Trophy three times.
Julius Boros ; An accountant by trade, Boros turned professional at age 30. Just two years later, in 1959, he won the US Open and was named PGA Player of the Year. He claimed a second US Open in 1963 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, and in 1968 captured the PGA Championship at age 48.
Pat Bradley ; The first female golfer to win all four major championships. Pat was a competitive skier before taking up golf. In 1980 she won her first major championship, the Peter Jackson Classic. In 1986 she won three major charnpionships, the Vare Trophy, and Player of the Year honors. Bradley amassed over 30 career victories, including six major championships.
James Braid ; Braid learned golf as a caddie, turned professional in 1896. He won the British Open in 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, and 1910. Victories in 1903, 1905, 1907, and 1911. A member of the "Great Triumvirate" with J. H. Taylor and Harry Vardon, that dominated golf at the turn of the century. He later found success as a prominent golf course architect.
Dorothy Campbell ; Campbell, was golf's first truly international champion, from North Berwick, Scotland. She won the British Ladies Championship in 1909, 1910, and 1924. She also captured three consecutive Canadian titles, three Scottish titles, and even one in Bermuda. It is estimated that she won over 750 matches in her career.
William C. Campbell ; From qualifying for 37 US Amateurs to captaincy of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Campbell had an amateur career of unique achievement and service. He won the US Amateur in 1964, played on eight Walker Cup teams, was US Senior Amateur champion twice, and served as USGA President from 1982-1983.
JoAnne Carner ; "The Great Gundy" won five US Women's Amateur Championships and two US Women's Opens. She captured her first LPGA Tournament, the 1969 Burdine's Invitational, as an amateur. For three consecutive years, 1981-1983, she won the Vare Trophy. Carner was named LPGA Player of the Year three times and collected over 40 career wins.
Billy Casper ; A brilliant putter, Casper won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average five times and was a member of eight Ryder Cup teams. Of his 60 career victories, three were major championships, including the 1966 US Open, when he came from seven shots back with nine to play to tie Arnold Palmer and won the playoff.
Harry Cooper ; Known as "Lighthorse Harry" for the speed at which he played, Cooper won over 30 professional tournaments between 1926 and 1942. He was never able to capture a major championship, finishing second on three occasions. In 1937 he won nine tournaments and was the first winner of the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average.
Fred Corcoran ; As tournament manager of the PGA from 1936 to 1947, Corcoran more than doubled the number of Tour events. Working with Babe Zaharias, Patty Berg, and financial support from Wilson, he was instrumental in forming the LPGA Tour in 1949. He founded the Golf Writers Association of America in 1946.
Henry Cotton ; From the mid-1930s to the early 1950s, the suave, articulate, and innovative Cotton dominated professional golf in Europe. During this time, he captured seven national championships, including the British Open in 1934, 1937, and 1948. A superior match play golfer, he lost only once, to Sam Snead, in Ryder Cup singles play.
Bing Crosby ; The legendary crooner's interest in golf started when he was a 12 year-old caddie, and culminated in a unique marriage of the golf and entertainment worlds. An informal, 18-hole Pro-Am in 1937 featured leading professionals and movie stars. Later, "The Crosby" would become one of the premier events on the PGA Tour.
Jimmy Demaret ; With a personality as colorful as his wardrobe, Demaret was one of golf's most popular figures for four decades. The Texas native once quit professional golf to become a nightclub singer, but returned in 1938 and won the 1940 Masters. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he won the Masters in 1947 and 1950.
Roberto De Vicenzo ; A native of Argentina, De Vicenzo turned pro in 1938 at age 15. He joined the USPGA in 1947 and collected nine career tour victories. A truly international champion, he won over 200 tournaments worldwide, most notably the 1967 British Open. In 1980 at Winged Foot, De Vicenzo won the inaugural US Senior Open.
Joseph C. Dey ; Golf's most respected administrator, Dey was named Executive Secretary of the USGA in 1934, a position he held for 34 years. As the first commissioner of what became the PGA Tour, he guided the tournament players in their split from the PGA of America. In 1975 he became the second American to captain the Royal and Ancient.
Chick Evans ; In 1916 Evans became the first player to win both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. Evans played regularly in the US Amateur Championship from 1907 to 1962, winning the title twice. Evans, who began in golf as a caddie, later established the Evans Scholars Foundation, offering college scholarships to outstanding caddies.
Nick Faldo ; Faldo compiled an astounding record prior to his 1997 election to the Hall of Fame. In twenty years he won over 40 tournaments worldwide, including three British Opens and three Masters, and competed on eleven European Ryder Cup Teams. In 1990, Faldo was the first international player to be named PGA of America Player of the Year.
Raymond Floyd ; With the 1969 and 1982 PGA Championships and the 1976 Masters to his credit, Floyd was already a player of renown when he won his fourth major championship title. In 1986, at age 43, he captured the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. His competitiveness has carried over to a successful career on the Senior Tour.
Herb Graff ; A lifetime golf journalist, Graffis contributed widely to the game's growth and development. In 1934, he and his brother Joe formed the National Golf Foundation in an effort to unify the golf industry. He founded several respected golf publications including Golfdom and Golfing Magazine and was a founding member of the Golf Writers Association.
Ralph Guldahl ; In 1938, Guldahl quit tournament golf in frustration to sell cars in Dallas. He returned one year later and, with victories at Oakland Hills in 1937 and Cherry Hills in 1938, became one of the few players to capture consecutive US Open titles. He also won three consecutive Western Opens and the 1939 Masters.
Walter Hagen ; Flamboyant and charismatic, Hagen was the first professional to make a living playing golf, rather than teaching it. Wild off the tee, but superb at recovery, his fame mirrored his lifestyle. Captain of the first six American Ryder Cup teams, he won two US Opens, four British Opens, and five PGA Championships, including four consecutively.
Bob Harlow ; Harlow, a newspaperman from Massachusetts, was best known as the founder of Golf World Magazine. As manager for Walter Hagen from 1921 to 1929, and later for Joe Kirkwood, he arranged exhibitions both nationally and abroad. From 1930 to 1935, he served as tournament manager for the PGA Tour.
Sandra Haynie ; Haynie captured the 1958 and 1959 Texas Women's Amateur before joining the LPGA in 1961. In sixteen years, she won 39 tournaments, including the U.S. Women's open and LPGA Championship in 1974. After overcoming debilitating arthritis, she rejoined the Tour full-time in 1981 and won her fourth major championship.
Harold Hilton ; A four-time British Armateur champion, Hilton won the first 72-hole British Open in 1892 at Muirfield. He repeated this title in 1897 at his home course, Hoylake. Considered by his contemporaries a keen observer of style and technique, Hilton, in 1911, became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur.
Ben Hogan ; Hogan was legendary for his intensity and dedication to perfection. Having already claimed two PGA Championships and the US Open by 1948, he suffered a life-threatening auto accident in 1949. Miraculously, he returned to win the U.S. Open in 1950, l951, and l953; the Masters in 1951 and 1953; and the 1953 British Open.
Bob Hope ; One of America's most revered entertainers, Hope united golf, entertainment, and politics. He was a favorite playing partner of US Presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton. The tournament bearing his name in Palm Springs was one of the first professional events to make significant contributions to the community through charitable donations.
Hale Irwin ; An All-American in golf and All-Conference in football at the University of Colorado, Irwin won the 1967 NCAA Golf Championship. Between 1974 and 1990, he captured three U.S. Open titles, the last at age 45 in a l9-hole playoff. After 1995, he devoted himself to golf course design and the Senior Tour.
Betty Jameson ; Before turning professional in 1948, Jameson won the Southern Amateur once, the U.S. Women's Amateur twice, and the Western Amateur twice. She also captured the 1938 Texas Open, and the 1947 U.S. Women's Open as an amateur. Jameson was a founding member of the LPGA and donor of the Vare Trophy.
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. ; Jones was the most prolific golf course architect of the modern era. An accomplished golfer before poor health forced him to quit, he studied agronomy, landscaping, and engineering at Cornell University in preparation for his career.
Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. ; A lawyer and engineer, Jones won five U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and the British Amateur - all in eight years and all before the age of 30. In 1930, he won the Grand Slam, then promptly retired from competitive golf. Working with Clifford Roberts, he established Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters.
Betsy King ; King, who joined the LPGA in 1977, is renowned for her selfless commitments to those less fortunate. In 1984, she won three times and was leading money winner and Player of the Year. With over 30 career wins, King claimed the Dinah Shore in 1987, 1990, and 1997 and the U.S. Women's Open in 1989 and 1990.
Lawson Little ; Little's greatest achievements came as an amateur. In 1934 and 1935, he captured the "Little Slam", winning both the U.S. and British Amateur Championships. After turning professional in 1936, he won seven events, most notably the 1940 U.S. Open in a playoff with Gene Sarazen.
Gene Littler ; Littler's first PGA Tour win came in 1954 as an amateur. His last was in 1977 at age 47. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1953 and the US Open in 1961, but lost both the Masters and the PGA Championship in playoffs. Littler amassed a total of 29 career PGA Tour victories.
Bobby Locke ; One of the game's legendary putters, Locke won both the Amateur and Open titles of his native South Africa by age 18. A bomber pilot during WWII, he captured four British Open titles between 1949 and 1957. He won 15 events in three years in America and retired with more than 80 victories worldwide.
Nancy Lopez ; Lopez won her first three New Mexico Women's Amateur titles at age 12. In 1978, her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, she won nine tournaments, including five consecutively, and was the first golfer to be named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year simultaneously. She has amassed more than 50 career victories.
Lloyd Mangrum ; Long a contender for the games top honors, Mangrum finally won two of golf's most prized crowns during 1951, when he was its leading money winner and was awarded the Vardon Trophy. He was named to six Ryder Cup teams, although the 1941 match was canceled because of the war, and served as captain in 1951.
Carol Mann ; Mann joined the LPGA Tour in 1960 and won her first major championship - the Western Open - in 1964. She won the US Women's Open the following year. In 1968, she captured ten tournaments and the Vare Trophy. After 38 career victories, she retired from the Tour in 1982.
Cary Middlecoff ; After becoming the first amateur to win the North and South Open, Dr. Middlecoff abandoned a career in dentistry and turned professional in 1947. A brilliant analyst of the game and the golf swing, he won the US Open in 1949 and 1956 and the Masters in 1955. He retired with 37 career victories.
Johnny Miller ; Miller dominated international golf in the early 1970s, winning 20 tournaments in six years. A remarkable 63 in the final round secured his victory in the 1973 US Open at Oakmont. Winner of the 1976 British Open at Royal Birkdale Miller gained renown as a television commentator before joining the Senior Tour in 1997.
Tom Morris, Jr. ; Winning money as a professional at age 13, by age 16, he had captured his first tournament. Four consecutive victories in the British Open, the first in 1868 at age 18, secured his fame. He died suddenly on Christmas morning 1875, following the death of his wife in childbirth.
Tom Morris, Sr. ; The most revered figure in the history of Scottish golf. A career greenkeeper, first at Prestwick, than at St. Andrews, Morris captured four British Open titles, in 1861, 1862, 1864, and 1867. An accomplished golf course architect, he laid out such famous courses are Lahinch, Westward Ho!, Muirfield, and Royal County Down.
Byron Nelson ; "Lord Byron" won two Masters, two PGA's and the 1939 US Open. He is best remembered for his 1945 season, when he won 19 tournaments, including 1 1 consecutively, finished second seven times, and compiled a remarkable stroke average of 68.33. In 1947, at age 34, Nelson retired to his ranch in Texas.
Jack Nicklaus ; The legendary Bobby Jones said of him: "He plays a game with which I am not familiar." In his monumental career, Jack Nicklaus amassed 20 major championship victories, far surpassing any golfer before or since. With over 100 victories around the world, "The Golden Bear" is arguably the best golfer of the modern era.
Francis Ouimet ; Ouimet brought new levels of attention to golf when, as a 20 year-old amateur, he defeated heralded British professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray at the 1913 U.S. Open in his hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts. The 1914 and 1931 US Amateur champion became the first American Captain of the Royal and Ancient in 1951.
Arnold Palmer ; The most charismatic player in history, Palmer's emergence in the late 1950s coincided with televised golf to generate unprecedented interest in the game. Arnie won the U.S. Amateur in 1954 and the US Open in 1960. Also among the over 80 professional victories he collected were four Masters, two British Opens, and five major championships on the Senior Tour.
Gary Player ; South African Gary Player made up for his diminutive size with a rigorous schedule of fitness training and persistent practice unequaled in golf. His career victories numbered more than 120 worldwide and included all four major championships. Player found later success as a dominant force on the US Senior Tour.
Betsy Rawls ; Taking up golf at age 17, Rawls turned professional and won the U.S. Women's Open in 1951. She repeated her victory in 1953, 1957, and 1960. Two LPGA Championships, two Western Opens, and two Eastern Opens number among her 55 career tournament victories. Later a highly respected administrator, she served as LPGA President from 1961 to 1962.
Clifford Roberts ; A co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Chairman of the Masters Tournament from its inception in 1934 until his death in 1977, Roberts was a respected leader and under his guidance, the Masters attained a stature unparalleled in golf.
Chi Chi Rodriguez ; Won eight PGA Tour events and collected over 20 Senior Tour titles in his career. But it is his charitable work that will be best remembered. His pro-am tournament helped fund the Children's Hospital in his native Puerto Rico, and his Youth Foundation raised millions for disadvantaged children in Florida.
Donald Ross ; Scottish born Ross was the premier golf architect in America in the early decades of the twentieth century. The character and features of the Scottish courses where he learned to play were reflected in over 500 design projects that he directed. Pinehurst #2, Oak Hill, Inverness, Seminole, and Oakland Hills rank among his greatest works.
Paul Runyan ; Although one of the shortest hitters of his time, Runyan won over 50 professional tournaments. After joining the Tour in 1933, he captured 16 events in two years and was leading money winner in 1933 and 1934. A highly regarded short game and putting instructor, he won the PGA Championship twice, in 1934 and 1938.
Gene Sarazen ; Sarazen was the first golfer to win all four major championships: the U.S. Open in 1922 and 1932: the PGA in 1922, 1923, and 1933: and the British Open in 1932. But his victory in the 1935 Masters is best remembered for a remarkable final-round double-eagle on the l5th hole at Augusta National.
Patty Sheehan ; Turned professional in 1980, winning consecutive LPGA Championships in 1983 and 1984. In 1992, she became the first player to capture the U.S. and British Women's Opens in the same year. She was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1993, having won 30 tournaments, including four major championships, in just thirteen years.
Dinah Shore ; A famed entertainer in the years surrounding WWII. In 1972 she became involved as the celebrity host of the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle. In the years to follow, her sponsorship of the tournament and promotion of women's golf were critical to the growth of the LPGA Tour.
Horton Smith ; In 1929, at age 21, Smith played in 19 professional events, winning eight and finishing second four times. He remained a top professional throughout the 1930s, winning the first and third Masters Tournaments in 1934 and 1936. His last PGA Tournament win came in 1941, the year before he left golf to join the army.
Sam Snead ; "Slamming Sam" Snead is renowned for his classical swing and the longevity of his career. The winner of three PGA Championships, three Masters Tournaments, and the British Open, he made eight Ryder Cup appearances and was captain of the US Team three times. Snead recorded 81 Tour victories, his last in 1965 at age 52.
Louise Suggs ; Winner of the American, British, and Western Amateur Championships, and a Curtis Cup team member in 1948. Her 50 professional victories included two US Women's Opens, one LPGA Championship, and four Titleholders. She served three terms as LPGA President, won the Vare Trophy in 1957, and led the LPGA in tournament winnings twice.
J. H. Taylor ; Along with Harry Vardon and James Braids a member of the "Great Triumvirate" that dominated golf at the turn of the century. He won the British Open in 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, and 1913. Taylor was founder and chairman of the first professional golfers association in 1901.
Peter Thomson ; One of the most intriguing players the game has known, the Australian-born Thomson captured five British Open titles between 1954 and 1965, including three consecutively from 1954 to 1956. With wide interests that ranged from politics to music, Thomson maintained successful careers as a writer and golf course architect outside of competition.
Jerry Travers ; A force in amateur golf for two decades, second only to Bobby Jones in accomplishments. Between 1907 and 1913, he captured four US Amateur titles. In 1915, he became only the second amateur to win the US Open. Erratic off the tee, Travers owed his success to his brilliant short game and putting.
Walter Travis ; A native Australian, Travis was champion three times and medalist six times in the U.S. Amateur. In 1904, on the strength of remarkable putting, he became the first foreigner to capture the British Amateur. The founder and editor of American Golfer, a leading golf publication, he later designed notable courses in the New York area.
Lee Trevino ; The ultimate self-made champion, Trevino made the transition from assistant pro at a Texas driving range to US Open champion. He captured that title twice, in 1968 and 1971. With two British Opens, two PGA Championships, and six Ryder Cup appearances to his credit, he later had a dominant career on the Senior Tour.
Richard Tufts ; Tufts managed the Pinehurst Resort, founded by his grandfather, from the 1930s to the 1960s. He served on every USGA committee and was USGA President from 1956-1957. He helped introduce the modern handicap system, standardized course set-up for USGA championships, and worked with the Royal and Ancient to unify the Rules of Golf in 1951.
Harry Vardon ; A caddie from Jersey, Vardon won a remarkable six British Opens and one U.S. Open. With unprecedented power, he revolutionized and dominated the game for 25 years. No accurate count of his victories exists, but in one sketch he won 14 consecutive events. A member of the "Great Triumvirate" with J. H. Taylor and James Braids, that dominated golf at the turn of the century. He popularized, but did not invent, the overlapping Vardon Grip.
Glenna Vare ; Won an unprecedented six U.S. Women's Amateur titles between 1922 and 1935. Runner-up twice in the British Ladies Championship, she represented the US on six Curtis Cup teams, serving as captain four times. In 1952, the LPGA initiated the Vare Trophy, presented annually to the player with the lowest scoring average.
Tom Watson ; Major championship victories included five British Opens and two Masters. His victory in the 1982 U.S. Open featured a dramatic chip-in on the 17th at Pebble Beach. Arguably the most consistent player for a decade, he was the Tour's leading money winner and Player of the Year four consecutive years from 1977 to 1980.
Joyce Wethered ; Bobby Jones said she was the best golfer, male or female, he had even seen. Wethered dominated women's amateur golf in Britain in the 1920s. She won five consecutive English Championships and the British Amateur four times. She turned pro in 1935 for a series of exhibitions with Babe Zaharias, Gene Sarazen, and Horton Smith.
Kathy Whitworth ; After winning the 1957 and 1958 New Mexico Women's Amateur, Whitworth turned professional and dominated the LPGA Tour in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1965 and 1973 she was leading money winner eight times. Player of the Year seven times, and Vare Trophy winner seven times. Her 88 career wins included six major championships.
Mickey Wright ; Many consider Wright the greatest female golfer of all time. Winner of four US Opens, leading money winner four times, and winner of the Vare Trophy five years consecutively, Wright amassed 82 career victories on the US Tour, including 10 victories in 1961 and 13 in 1963.
Babe Zaharias ; Zaharias, twice gold medalist at the 1932 Olympics in track and field, turned exclusively to golf in 1934. She captured the 1946 US Women's amateur and from 1946 to 1947 won 13 consecutive tournaments. She won the US Women's Open in 1948, 1950, and 1954.