The best English golfers of all time
Ask 100 people who the greatest player of all time is and 50 will say Jack Nicklaus and 50 will say Tiger Woods. You can argue about golf all day, that’s what makes it so great. But what about the best English golfers to walk the world’s most hallowed fairways?
In this edition of Quick 9, Will Herron delves into the history books to deliver his verdict on England’s finest…
9. Danny Willett
Major wins: 1 (Masters 2016)
European Tour wins: 5
PGA Tour wins: 1
Willett became globally known when he claimed an unlikely victory at Augusta National in 2016, thanks to Jordan Spieth‘s infamous meltdown.
Only one other English player ever won The Masters, and that was Nick Faldo (more on him later), so for that – and an impressive haul of four regular European Tour titles – Willett is in my nine.
It may be an unpopular choice, but Willett does enough to just sneak in.
8. Joyce Wethered
Amateur wins: 9
Wethered never turned pro in her career, but managed to win four British Amateur titles and was English Ladies Champion five years in a row.
She retired in 1930, but her successes didn’t go unnoticed and in 1975 she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Bobby Jones said that she was the most gifted player he had ever seen, and that’s good enough for me.
7. Justin Rose
Major wins: 1 (2013 US Open)
European Tour wins: 10
PGA Tour wins: 7
Other wins: 1
One of England’s finest assets, Rose continues to represent his country with the highest level of decorum.
He is an accomplished player when it comes to winning too, with 21 professional wins around the globe, including a major, two World Golf Championships and and Olympic gold medal.
Not bad for a player who missed his first 21 cuts as a pro.
Head to the next page to see who came in at Nos. 4, 5 and 6…