Famous American Golfers

Think golf is a leisure sport meant for wealthy retirees and stressed-out executives? If so, then you really need to ditch that cricket bat, slip into some golf duds, and read this before you hit the links. One of the most copiously engaging and most challenging sports around, golf is more than knee socks and tucked in polos, and is not exclusive to the upper crust of the society, as deemed by many of us. Agreed, a bag full of top-tier golf equipment could cost you pretty much a fortune, but once you get into the groove of golf, everything will seem worth it. Earlier limited to the elites, today we have sport fanatics take interest in golf as well, thanks to future of American golf like Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson. Delve deep into the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts of some of America's most accomplished and famous golfers in the biographies presented below.

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 1 Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cypress, California, United States

Tiger Woods is considered as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He had a great run throughout the first decade of the 21st century. Later he had to deal with infidelity issues, marital problems and divorce and injuries, but was able to make a comeback. He holds numerous golf records and has won many World Golf Championship.

 2 Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: May 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Brooks Koepka is an American golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. A former world number one, Koepka won two consecutive U.S. Open titles in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 and 2019, he won the PGA Championship, becoming the first player to hold consecutive titles in two majors concurrently. He also won the 2018 CJ Cup.

 3 Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer
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Famous As: Golf Player
Birthdate: September 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Latrobe
Died: September 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer was an American golfer who won 62 PGA Tour titles in a career spanning over 60 years. Nicknamed The King, Palmer is considered one of the most charismatic and greatest players in the history of professional golf. He is seen as the first superstar who helped popularize the sport in the television age, which started in the '50s.

 4 Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: January 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Jack Nicklaus, also known as “The Golden Bear,” has 18 major golf championships to his credit. He has been part of 164 major golf tournaments and has won 117. He now designs golf courses through his company, Nicklaus Design. He has also authored many golf-related books, including an autobiography.

 5 Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson
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Famous As: Professional golfer
Birthdate: June 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: ), Columbia, South Carolina, United States

In 2021, golfer Dustin Johnson made it to the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. He has won numerous top championships, including the FedEx Cup and the Masters Tournament of 2020. He is also a six-time World Golf Championship winner, with only legendary golfer Tiger Woods ahead of him.

 6 Payne Stewart

Payne Stewart
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: January 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, United States
Died: October 25, 1999

Payne Stewart was a professional golfer famous for winning eleven PGA Tour events. He won his first major title at the 1989 PGA Championship and went on to win several other titles. He was much admired for his gracefully stylish and fluid golf swings. He died in an airplane accident at the age of 42. 

 7 Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: March 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States
Died: December 18, 1971

Bobby Jones was an American amateur golfer and lawyer. One of the most important personalities in the history of golf, Jones founded or co-founded the Augusta National Golf Club as well as the Masters Tournament. He also helped design the Augusta. Bobby Jones’ innovations, which he brought to the Masters Tournameny, have been used in professional golf tournaments around the world.

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 8 Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: July 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Professional golfer Jordan Spieth is a former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is a three-time major winner. He began playing as a young teenager and was ranked No. 1 in the AJGA Golf Rankings shortly before turning 18. He went on to have an equally successful career as a professional.

 9 Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Murrieta, California
Golfer Rickie Fowler was ranked world number one in amateur golf for 36 weeks in 2007 and 2008. As part of the "Golf Boys,” he released a song on YouTube, donating the proceeds from its views to charity. He was named the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year

 10 Tom Watson

Tom Watson
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Birthdate: September 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City

Tom Watson is a retired professional golfer considered one of the leading golf players in the world in the 1970s and 1980s. During his illustrious career, he won eight major championships and headed the PGA Tour money list five times. He is counted among the greatest links players of all time and has won three Senior British Open Championship titles. 

 11 Francis Ouimet

Francis Ouimet
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: May 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 2, 1967

Francis Ouimet was an amateur golfer often referred to as the "ather of amateur golf. He became interested in golf at an early age and won his first significant title when he was 20 years old. He went on to win the US Open in 1913. He was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. 

 12 Lee Trevino

Lee Trevino
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Lee Trevino who dominated the golf course in the 1970s has six major championship titles to his credit in his prolific career. The Mexican-American who is affectionately nicknamed Supermex for his exploits with the golf club and The Merry Mex for his humour, features in the World Golf Hall of Fame. He appeared in a sports comedy film.

 13 Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: March 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Paige Spiranac is an American former professional golfer known for her achievements at the collegiate level. Spiranac is best known as a social media personality; she has millions of followers across various platforms. Dubbed the world's hottest golfer, Spiranac has appeared in magazines like Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Spiranac has also been criticized for sexualizing women's golf.

 14 John Daly

John Daly
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carmichael, California, United States
Golfer John Daly, or "Long John,” has won various PGA championships and is known for his victory in the 1995 Open Championship, over Costantino Rocca. He has also released music albums and a line of video games known as John Daly's ProStroke Golf. He owns a golf-course design firm, too.

 15 Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan
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Famous As: American professional golfer
Birthdate: August 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Texas
Died: July 25, 1997

Ben Hogan was a professional golfer who is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He won nine career professional major championships, tying with Gary Player for fourth all-time. He had a deep influence on golf swing theory. Famous for his legendary ball-striking ability, he also possessed fierce determination and an iron will.  

 16 Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Phil Mickelson is a professional golfer. With three Masters Titles, an Open Championship, and a PGA Championship under his belt, Mickelson is considered one of the greatest American golfers of his generation. A World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Phil Mickelson has represented the US national team on several occasions, helping the team win multiple Presidents Cups and Ryder Cups.

 17 Fred Couples

Fred Couples
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Fred Couples is a professional golfer who is a former World No.1. He has competed on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions and has won 64 professional tournaments. He is known for his long and accurate driving ability off the tee. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. 

 18 Sam Snead

Sam Snead
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Famous As: Professional Golfer
Birthdate: May 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashwood
Died: May 23, 2002

Known to fans as The Slammer, American golfer Sam Snead ruled the PGA scene for decades and won more than 185 tournaments throughout his career. His record of 82 PGA tour victories remains unbroken. Cartoonist and golf lover Charles M. Schulz mentioned Snead often in his Peanuts strip.

 19 Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States

Bryson DeChambeau is an American golfer who has won eight PGA Tours, including the 2020 U.S. Open. Having previously won the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Division I championship, DeChambeau became the third player after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win those three championships. Dubbed The Scientist, DeChambeau is known for his scientific and analytical approach to the sport.

 20 Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson
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Famous As: Professional Golfer
Birthdate: November 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bagdad, Florida

Bubba Watson professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He is a left-handed golfer, one of the few on the tour. He won titles at the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. He is counted among the longest drivers on the PGA Tour. Besides golf, he is also a member of the boy band Golf Boys. 

 21 Tony Finau

Tony Finau
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Tony Finau is an American professional golfer who has won two PGA Tours and one Korn Ferry Tour so far in his career. In September 2021, Tony Finau participated in the 2021 Ryder Cup in Kohler, Wisconsin, where he represented the U.S. team. Although he lost his match against English golfer Ian Poulter, the U.S. team went on to win.

 22 Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: October 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Honolulu

At 10, Michelle Wie, born to an amateur golfer mother, was the youngest to participate in a USGA amateur championship. Though the Korean-American golfer, who is a five-time LPGA winner, had quit her career after her marriage to sports honcho Jonnie West, she later decided to get back to golf.

 23 Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk
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Famous As: 2010 FedEx Cup Champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year
Birthdate: May 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

Professional golfer Jim Furyk was introduced to the game by his golfer father and continuing to nurture his game throughout his student years he turned pro at the age of 22 with the Nike Tour.  A regular on the PGA Tour since 1994 and PGA Tour Champions since 2020, he has 29 professional wins including the 2003 U.S. Open Championship.

 24 Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 21, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: October 6, 1969

A major figure in the early-20th century international golf, American golfer Walter Hagen is often hailed as the father of professional golf for his contributions towards raising the stature of the game. The first golfer to earn one million dollars, he registered 58 wins including eleven major championships and made golf popular in the USA, with his flair and style.

 25 Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Iowa City

Zach Johnson has been one of the most consistent players in the history of golf and first came to prominence with his victory over Tiger Woods at the 2007 Masters Tournament. The 12-time PGA Tour winner also co-owns the charity Zach Johnson Foundation, which aids underprivileged children in Iowa.

 26 Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco

Johnny Miller is an American retired professional golfer. One of the world's best golfers during the mid-1970s, Miller won 25 PGA Tours, including two majors. In 1973, he became the first golfer to shoot 63 in the majors, winning the 1973 U.S. Open. In 1998, Johnny Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

 27 Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winter Park

Matt Kuchar is a golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He played collegiate golf and received the Haskins Award in 1998 as the nation's top collegiate golfer. He turned professional in 2000 and has won nine times on the PGA Tour. He has played for the US national team as well. He is married to tennis player Sybi Parker. 

 28 Davis Love III

Davis Love III
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlotte

Davis Love III is an American golfer. Love has won 21 PGA Tour events, including a major championship, in his illustrious career. In 2012 and 2016, he was the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup teams, helping his team win the 2016 Ryder Cup. In 2017, Davis Love III was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

 29 Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coral Springs

Lexi Thompson is a golfer who became the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament when she won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in 2011. In 2011, she won the Dubai Ladies Masters, becoming the second-youngest champion of a Ladies European Tour. In 2014, she became the second-youngest female golfer to win a major when she captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

 30 Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: February 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Collin Morikawa is a professional golfer. He started his career playing collegiate golf and made his professional debut at the 2019 RBC Canadian Open. He achieved 22 consecutive made cuts at the beginning of his PGA Tour career and has five PGA Tour wins. He was the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for three weeks in 2018. 

 31 David Duval

David Duval
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jacksonville

 32 Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: October 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 33 Nelly Korda

Nelly Korda
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Famous As: Gold Medalists at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Birthdate: July 28, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bradenton, Florida, United States

 34 Cheyenne Woods

Cheyenne Woods
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: July 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix

Cheyenne Woods is an American golfer and half-niece of popular golfer Tiger Woods. After winning over 30 amateur tournaments, Woods turned professional in 2012; she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in 2012 and went on to make her debut as a professional at the 2012 LPGA Championship. Cheyenne Woods has won two professional tournaments so far in her career.

 35 Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: September 27, 1956

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who specialized in golf, track and field, basketball, and baseball. Considered one of the greatest female athletes ever, Didrikson won two gold medals and a silver medal in track and field at the Summer Olympics in 1932. She then went on to win 10 LPGA major championships, becoming USA's first female golf celebrity.

 36 Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: August 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

A major figure in the early-twentieth century international golf, American golfer Walter Hagen is often hailed as the father of professional golf for his contributions towards raising the stature of the game. The first golfer to earn one million dollars, he registered 58 wins including eleven major championships and made golf popular in the USA with his flair and style.

 37 Eddie Lowery

Eddie Lowery
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: October 14, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newton
Died: May 4, 1984

Although he is best remembered as the 10-year-old who caddied for Francis Ouimet in the winning playoff at the 1913 U.S. Open, Eddie Lowery was also an amateur golfer in his own right. Raised in Massachusetts, he later moved to San Francisco, where he became a multimillionaire from his auto dealership and championed the amateur careers of many budding golfers.

 38 Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Bragg

Raymond Floyd is an American former professional golfer. He has won several tournaments, including 22 PGA Tour events. He has also competed in Senior PGA Tours, winning three senior majors. Floyd has represented U.S. national teams in tournaments like the Ryder Cup and the Dunhill Cup. He was made an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

 39 Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas
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Famous As: Justin Louis Thomas
Birthdate: April 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Justin Thomas is an American golfer who has won 14 PGA Tour events, including five events in 2017. In 2017, he also won his first major championship, the PGA Championship. A former world number one, Thomas has also won three European Tour events and two Asian Tour events. As a professional, Thomas has been part of two Presidents Cup-winning teams.

 40 Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: March 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland

Jason Dufner is an American golfer who has won five PGA Tour events, including one major championship, so far in his career. Dufner, who was ranked in the top 10 for 50 weeks, has also represented the U.S. national team on a couple of occasions, including the 2012 Ryder Cup. In 2013, he helped his team win the Presidents Cup.

 41 Byron Nelson

Byron Nelson
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: February 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Texas
Died: September 26, 2006

Byron Nelson was an American golfer who won 52 PGA Tour events during his career. Considered one of the greatest in the history of the sport, Nelson won five major championships in his 64 professional wins. In 1974, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1997, he won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award.

 42 Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: August 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mountain View

Paula Creamer is an American golfer who has won 12 tournaments, including 10 LPGA Tour events. Creamer won the 2010 U.S. Women's Open. She has also represented the United States national team in tournaments like the World Cup and the Solheim Cup. As an amateur, Paula Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic, becoming the second-youngest winner of an LPGA event.

 43 Natalie Gulbis

Natalie Gulbis
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Famous As: Model, Golfer
Birthdate: January 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sacramento

Natalie Gulbis is an American golfer who won the 2007 Evian Masters by defeating Jeong Jang in a playoff. She has also represented the US in the Solheim Cup, helping her team win the 2005, 2007, and 2009 Solheim Cups. Gulbis is also renowned for her modeling skills; she has been featured in magazines like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

 44 Nancy Lopez

Nancy Lopez
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: January 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Torrance

Nancy Lopez is an American former professional golfer. She won 48 LPGA Tour events, including three majors, in an illustrious professional career that spanned more than 25 years. She was also part of the U.S. national team, helping her team win the 1990 Solheim Cup. In 1987, Nancy Lopez was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

 45 Billy Casper

Billy Casper
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: February 7, 2015

Billy Casper was an American golfer who won three majors, including two U.S. Open Championships, in an illustrious professional career that spanned more than two decades. One of the best performers on the PGA Tour of his generation, Casper won 51 PGA Tour events. In 1978, Billy Casper was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

 46 Hale Irwin

Hale Irwin
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin

Hale Irwin is an American golfer who has 20 PGA Tour titles under his belt, including three U.S. Opens. In 1990, he became the oldest U.S. Open champion at age 45. Irwin was one of the best golfers in the world during the '70s and '80s. He is also considered the greatest player in the history of the Champions Tour.

 47 Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: June 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodstock, Vermont, United States

Keegan Bradley is a golfer who has won four PGA Tour events. Bradley made his major championship debut in the 2011 PGA Championship. He went on to win the event, joining an elite list of golfers. Bradley has also won two European Tour events. He has also represented the U.S. national team, helping his team win the 2013 Presidents Cup.

 48 Lanny Wadkins

Lanny Wadkins
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Richmond

Lanny Wadkins is an American golfer who has won 21 PGA Tour events, including the 1977 PGA Championship. He has also won events at European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, and Champions Tour. Wadkins has also represented the national team, helping his team win multiple Ryder Cups. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

 49 Fuzzy Zoeller

Fuzzy Zoeller
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Albany

Fuzzy Zoeller is a golfer who has 19 professional wins under his belt. Zoeller has won 10 PGA Tour events, including the 1979 Masters Tournament and the 1984 U.S. Open. His performance in the U.S. Open earned him the Bob Jones Award in 1985. Zoeller has represented the U.S. team, helping his team win the 1979 and 1983 Ryder Cups.

 50 Nathaniel Crosby

Nathaniel Crosby
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: October 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hillsborough

Nathaniel Crosby is an American golfer who won the 1981 US Amateur Championship. Crosby represented the U.S. national team on a couple of occasions. In 1982, he helped his team win the Eisenhower Trophy. In 1983, he was part of the team that won the Walker Cup. He was also non-playing captain of the 2019 and 2021 Walker Cup teams.