Golfers

A golfer is one who plays golf, either recreationally or professionally. Golf is a game in which the players use clubs to hit a small, hard ball into a series of holes on a golf course with the minimum number of strokes. One peculiar feature about this game is that it does not require a standardized playing area; instead it is played on a large outdoor area known as a golf course consisting of an arrangement of 9 or 18 holes spaced far apart. Golfers can be amateurs or professionals. An amateur golfer is one who plays for enjoyment and not for rewards; however it is necessary for a golfer to have a certain level of competitiveness and skills to be considered an amateur. They are not allowed to apply for membership to any organization meant for professional players or accept any payment in cash or kind. On the other hand, professional golfers are the ones who make their living through golf, either by playing the game or by teaching it. A majority of professional golfers earn their livelihood by running golf clubs, by coaching others and by dealing in golf equipment.


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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 Rory Mcllroy

Rory Mcllroy.
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: May 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holywood
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy competes as part of both the European and PGA Tours. He won four major titles by 25, becoming one of three people to achieve the feat. Rory was named the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year twice and has won the World Cup, too.

 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 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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

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 7 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. 

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 8 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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 9 Seve Ballesteros

Seve Ballesteros
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pedreña, Spain
Died: May 7, 2011

 10 Greg Norman

Greg Norman.
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Famous As: Australian Golfer
Birthdate: February 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia

Greg Norman is an Australian retired professional golfer and entrepreneur. One of the greatest Australian golfers ever, Norman was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, he was named in Queensland's Q150 Icons list as a sports legend. Also a philanthropist, Norman established the Greg Norman Golf Foundation, which provides guidance to students.

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 11 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. 

 12 Gary Player

Gary Player.
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Famous As: South African golfer
Birthdate: November 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
South African former golfer Gary Player became the only non-American to win the career Grand Slam, at 29. Named to the World Golf Hall of Fame, he has earned more than 160 professional tournaments. He has also written golf books, designed golf courses, and launched The Player Foundation.
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 13 Francis Ouimet

Francis Ouimet
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: May 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline
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. 

 14 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.  

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 15 Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: February 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lautoka, Viti Levu, Colonial Fiji

 16 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.

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 17 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.

 18 Ernie Els

Ernie Els.
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Famous As: Professional Golfer
Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johannesburg

Ernie Els is a South African golfer renowned for his fluid golf swing and imposing physical stature, which has earned him the nickname, The Big Easy. A former World No. 1, Els has four major championships under his belt. Ernie Els is only one of six golfers to twice win the Open Championship as well as the U.S. Open.

 19 Phil Mickelson

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

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.

 20 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.

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 21 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

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: May 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Chester

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.

 25 Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barrika, Spain

 26 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.

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 27 Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: January 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Borriol, Province of Castellón Castellón, Spain

 28 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.

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 29 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.

 30 Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: July 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
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 31 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. 

 32 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.

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 33 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.

 34 Fred Couples

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

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. 

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 35 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.

 36 Jason Day

Jason Day
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
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 37 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.

 38 Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clara, County Offaly, Ireland

 39 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.

 40 Nick Price

Nick Price
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: January 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nick Price is a Zimbabwean golfer who was considered the best player in the world in the mid-1990s; he was ranked number one as per the Official World Golf Ranking. He has won three major championships including two PGA Championships. In 2003, Nick Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

 41 Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: August 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anhausen (today part of Diedorf municipality), Bavaria, West Germany

 42 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.

 43 Viktor Hovland

Viktor Hovland
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: September 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

 44 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. 

 45 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.

 46 Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: November 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

 47 Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson.
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Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: April 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gothenburg
Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson is the first major champion from the Nordic region. Starting his stint with golf at 12, he appeared in his first international match at 18. Winner of multiple PGA and European tours, he also owns stakes in a golf course in Sweden.

 48 David Duval

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

 49 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.

 50 Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
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Famous As: American athlete
Birthdate: June 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Arthur
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.

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