Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed "The King," he is one of golf's most popular stars and its most important trailblazer because he was the first star of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.
Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as "The Golden Bear", is regarded by many as the greatest professional golfer of all time. With the most victories in major championships (18), he was continuously ranked as the world's number one golfer on McCormack's World Golf Rankings from its inception in 1968 to 1977.
Gary Player DMS; OIG (born 1 November 1935) is a South African professional golfer. With his nine major championship victories as well as his nine major victories on the Champions Tour, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Player has won tournaments on six continents. Player was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Frederick T. "Freddie" Haas, Jr. (January 3, 1916 – January 26, 2004) was an American professional golfer. Hass was born in Portland, Arkansas. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1937, winning the NCAA individual championship his senior year. Haas's first PGA Tour win, at the Memphis Invitational as an amateur, broke Byron Nelson's record streak of 11 straight victories. He turned pro later in 1945. He played on the 1953 Ryder Cup team. Haas died in Metairie, Louisiana.
Bernhard Langer (born 27 August 1957) is a German professional golfer. He is a two time Masters champion, and was one of the world's leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 90s, being the first official number one ranked player in 1986.
Thomas Oliver Kite, Jr. (born December 9, 1949) is an American professional golfer. He spent 175 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between 1989 and 1994. Kite was born in McKinney, Texas. He began playing golf at age 6 and won his first tournament at age 11. Kite attended the University of Texas on a golf scholarship and was coached by Harvey Penick. He turned professional in 1972 and has been a consistent money winner ever since.
Thomas Sturges "Tom" Watson (born September 4, 1949) is an American PGA Tour golfer and now mostly Champions Tour golfer. In the 1970s and 1980s, Watson was one of the leading players in the world, winning eight major championships and heading the PGA Tour money list five times. He was the number one player in the world according to McCormack's World Golf Rankings from 1978 through 1982; in both 1983 and 1984 he was ranked second behind Seve Ballesteros.
Sir Robert James "Bob" Charles, KNZM, CBE (born 14 March 1936) is a New Zealand professional golfer whose achievements over five decades rank him among the most successful left-handed golfers of all time, being the first lefty to win a golf major, winning more than 70 titles, and beating his age twice during a tournament as a 71 year-old.
Ralph Willard Terry (born on January 9, 1936 in Big Cabin, Oklahoma) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees (1956-57, 1959-64), Kansas City Athletics (1957-59, 1966), Cleveland Indians (1965) and New York Mets (1966-67). Terry is best remembered for giving up the home run to Bill Mazeroski that won the Pittsburgh Pirates the 1960 World Series.
Donald Ray January (born November 20, 1929) is an American professional golfer. January was born in Plainview, Texas, and graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas. He was a member of the North Texas State golf team that won four consecutive NCAA Division I titles. January won 10 PGA Tour titles in his career (though never more than one in a year), with his most notable victory coming at the 1967 PGA Championship. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1976.
Sir Nicholas Alexander Faldo (born 18 July 1957) is an English professional golfer on the European Tour. Over his career, he has won six majors: three Open Championships and three U.S. Masters. He was ranked the World No. 1 on the Official World Golf Rankings for a total of 98 weeks. In 2006, Faldo became the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports.
Curtis Northrup Strange (born January 30, 1955) is an American professional golfer. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He spent over 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings between their debut in 1986 and 1990.
Doug Sanders (born July 24, 1933) is an American professional golfer who won 20 PGA Tour tournaments during his career. Sanders was born in Cedartown, Georgia and currently resides in Houston, Texas. He is remembered for an exceptionally short, flat golf swing - a consequence, it appears, of a painful neck condition that radically restricted his movements. He also attended the University of Florida.
Alexander Walter Barr "Sandy" Lyle, MBE (born 9 February 1958) is a Scottish professional golfer. Along with Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam, he became one of Britain's top golfers during the 1980s. He spent 167 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings from their debut in 1986 to 1989. Lyle was born in Shrewsbury, England and now lives in Scotland with his wife Jolande and children Lonneke and Quintin. He represented Scotland during his professional career.
Ian Harold Woosnam OBE (born 2 March 1958) is a Welsh professional golfer. Nicknamed 'Woosers`, `Woosie`, or the 'Wee Welshman', Woosnam was one of the "Big Five" generation of European golfers, all born within 12 months of one another, all of whom have won majors, and made Europe competitive in the Ryder Cup. His peers in this group were Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, and Sandy Lyle.
Nicholas Raymond Leige Price (born 28 January 1957) is a professional golfer from Zimbabwe and an inductee in the World Golf Hall of Fame. In the mid-1990s, Price reached number one in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Charles Sifford (born June 2, 1922) was an African American professional golfer who helped to desegregate the PGA of America. Sifford was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He began work as a caddy at the age of thirteen. Later he competed in the golf tournaments that black golfers organized for themselves as they were excluded from the PGA of America, and worked as a personal golf coach for band leader Billy Eckstine.
Craig Robert Stadler (born June 2, 1953) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level. He is known to fans as "The Walrus" because of his distinct mustache and heavyset build. Stadler was born in San Diego, California and attended La Jolla High School. He displayed a talent for golf early in life. He won the 1973 U.S.
Hale S. Irwin (born June 3, 1945) is an American professional golfer. He is one of the few players in history to have won three U.S. Opens and was one of the world's leading golfers for much of the 1970s and 1980s. He has also developed a career as a golf course architect. Irwin was born in Joplin, Missouri, but was raised in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
Peter William Thomson (born 23 August 1929) is an Australian golfer. He is best remembered for his five wins in The Open Championship. He was born in Melbourne. Thomson's Open Championship wins came in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, and 1965. He was the only man to win the tournament for three consecutive years in the 20th century. Thomson was a prolific tournament champion around the world, winning the national championships of ten countries, including the New Zealand Open nine times.
Mark Francis O'Meara (born January 13, 1957) is an American professional golfer who was a prolific tournament winner on the PGA Tour and around the world from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. He spent nearly 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings from their debut in 1986 to 2000. O'Meara was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, but grew up in southern California in Mission Viejo, and took up golf at age 13, sneaking on to the nearby Mission Viejo Country Club.
This is a list of all the golfers who have won ten or more official events on the U.S. based Champions Tour, the leading golf tour in the world for men aged 50 and above. The list is up-to-date through January 24, 2010.