Golf Legends: Stories From The Pros

12 Apr, 2024

In this blog, we will be exploring some of golf’s finest throughout history. While we can’t mention them all, we’ve gathered some incredible stories from golf legends at the top of their game.

 

Table Of Contents

 

Justin Rose

Justin Rose playing golf at the 2013 BMW PGA Championship.

Justin Rose Playing Golf At The 2013 BMW PGA Championship

Career

Highest Ranking – 1 (9th September) (13 Weeks)

Turned Professional – 1998 

Best Results In Major Championships: 

  • Masters Tournament: 2nd/T2: 2015, 2017 
  • PGA Championship: T3: 2012
  • U.S. Open: Won 2013
  • The Open Championship: T2:2018 

Summary

Justin Rose, a golfer whose journey is a testament to perseverance, was born in Johannesburg to English parents. His family moved to England when he was five, setting the stage for his golfing career. His story is marked by early success, with his first notable achievement at just 17 years old when he placed fourth at the 1998 Open Championship.

 

Olympic Golf Gold At Rio 2016

Justin made history at the 2016 golf Olympics, where he finished ahead of other remarkable players such as Henrick Stenson and Matt Kuchar, becoming an Olympic champion. This was the first time golf has been in the Olympics in 112 years! In an interview with Sky Sports, Justin was asked, “How different was this?” in comparison to his previous wins, to which he replied “, The Olympics stand apart, and the atmosphere out there on the course was amazing.” he later goes on to say, “I think that, you know, the crowd really helped spur you and push you on which made it feel very different to a major championship”. This win allowed Justin to make history and is still his proudest moment in golf to date. If you’d like to understand more about his game at the Rio 2016 Olympics, you can check it out here.

 

 

Paul Casey 

Paul Casey tees off during a practice round in the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines

Paul Casey tees off during a practice round in the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines (Credit: Dirk Hansen)

Career

Highest Ranking – 3 (24th May 2009) 

Turned Professional – 2000

Best results in the major championship:

  • Masters Tournament – T4: 2016
  • PGA Championship – T2: 2020 
  • U.S. Open –  T7 2021 
  • The Open Championship – T3: 2010

 

Summary

Paul Casey is a member of LIV golf and was born in Cheltment. After graduating, Casey immediately joined the European Tour. 

 

Volvo Golf Champions, 2011 (DP World Tour)

Before the Volvo Golf Championships, Paul had gone 20 months without success, which he stated was “one of the toughest battles I’ve ever had”. During this game, he played incredibly with a six-foot par putt, giving him a closing of 68, which was over what he needed to gain the victory. After the game, when asked about his win, he said, “It feels fantastic! The most important thing to me was winning, and that was huge. The goal is obviously the majors, but how are you going to win major championships if you can’t win regular events?” If you’d like to learn more about Paul Casey’s game at the Volvo Championships, you can do so here

 

 

Sir Nick Faldo 

A headshot of Sir Nick Faldo in 2021

Headshot of Sir Nick Faldo in 2021 (Credit: Lindsay M Faldo)

Career

Turned Professional – 1976 

Best results in major championships: 

  • Masters Tournament – won 1989, 1990, 1996 
  • PGA Championship – T2:1992 
  • U.S. Open – 2nd 1988
  • The Open Championship – Won 1987, 1990, 1992

Summary

Sir Nick Faldo was born in Welwyn Garden City. Faldo became interested in golf when he was just fourteen years old, and he later played in the 1994 English Ameature at Woodland Spa. He was also awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 due to his services to golf. 

 

1996 Augusta Masters Tournament

Sir Nick Faldo is one of the greatest British golfers of his generation because he won the Open three times. Nick had an incredible year in 1996; one of his best victories was in Augusta at the Master’s Tournament. This was his third green jacket win! Nick reflected on his career and stated, “My time here had come and gone, but it was magical” he goes on to discuss Augusta, saying, “They call it white dogwood with a slither of a fairway, gentle slope, and a pond serving as a guardian. One of Augusta’s greatest challenges, for me, is reserved for some of my greatest moments” This win is forever going to be one of Nick’s proudest moments, causing him to visit the pitch now and then to reminisce. 

 

 

Louise Suggs

Louise Suggs playing golf in 1958

Louise Suggs in 1958 (Credit: LPGA)

Career

Turned pro – 1948

Best Results In Major Championships: 

  • Western Open – Won 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953
  • Titleholders C’ship – Won 1946, 1954, 1956, 1959
  • Women’s PGA C’ship – Won 1957
  • U.S. Woman’s Open – Won 1949, 1952

Summary

Louise was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. She co-founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), an American organization for women in golf. Louise began her career in her teens, later winning 61 career LPGA tournaments.

 

Her Proudest Achievements

Louise had numerous incredible moments throughout her career, but not all of them are directly related to her wins. Something extremely close to her heart was ‘The Suggs Superstars’, which was a charity she worked with. She helped the charity and raised money for it as it helped underprivileged children keep them in school, and if the kids stayed and did well, they’d be offered scholarships to universities. This charity was one of the passions of her life, and she had an interview with Golfweek, where she reminisced about what she classed as the highlights of her career; she talked about being the first Curtis Cup team after the war. She discussed how she “was still an amateur” and how seeing London after the war changed her completely. She later stated, “It was a different era, people were nicer, and one thing that I’ve appreciated more is it’s amazing how many women have come up to me, and men too, but mostly women that have said they really appreciate what I’ve done for women, not just in golf, but what I’ve done.” Louise is incredibly proud of her golfing career and wants to be remembered for that, but she wants people to remember her for what she did when helping people across the world. 

Sarah Schmelzel

Career

Turned Pro: 2016

Best Results In LPGA Major Championships: 

  • Chevron Championship – T25: 2021 
  • Woman’s PGA C’ship T14 – 2019
  • U.S. Woman’s Open – T23: 2020
  • Woman’s British Open – T48: 2022
  • Evian Championship – T28: 2023


Summary

Sarah was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Sarah began enjoying golf at the age of five; however, she gained more interest in the sport in 2001 when she saw Annika Sorenstam play at Moon Valley. As of this writing, she is 29 years old and continues to play golf professionally. 

 

A Legend In The Making

Sarah Schmelzel is still early on in her career and has plenty of games to play in the future; with how she has been playing golf since she began, many suspect that she will become one of the best and only get better as time goes on. In an interview, Sarah discussed how she had always done gymnastics growing up, but she chose golf. She said, “I don’t think my parents ever thought I was going to end up choosing golf, but it was a lot of freedom for me to be able to choose what I loved and be able to explore what I wanted to do”. Sarah is now a member of the LGPA and has high goals. 

Tiger Woods

President Donald J Trump presents the Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods on May 6th 2019, in the Rose Garden of the White House (Credit: Joyce N. Boghosian)

President Donald J Trump presents the Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods on May 6th 2019, in the Rose Garden of the White House (Credit: Joyce N. Boghosian)

Career

Highest Ranking: 1 (15th June, 1997) (683 Weeks)

Turned Professional: 1996 

Professional Wins: 115

Best Results In Major Championships: 

  • Masters Tournament: Won 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
  • PGA Championship: Won 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
  • U.S. Open: Won 2000, 2005, 2006

 

Summary

Tiger Woods was born in Cypress, California, United States. He turned professional at the age of twenty and is known for his exceptional skills and success in golf, such as being the youngest master’s champion at twenty-one. 

 

2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach

At the golf 2000 U.S. Open, Tiger won his third major championship. He finished at 12-under-par-272. Tiger collected his victory reward of $800,000 and won over $9,000,000 in 2000, making him the PGA Tour’s all-time leading money winner! Regarding how he played, Tiger stated, “I was playing so well heading to Pebble, so that gave me a bit of confidence. I love that place, so I was at peace going to Pebble, and everything was on track.”

Career

Highest Ranking: 1 (15th June, 1997) (683 Weeks)

Turned Professional: 1996 

Professional Wins: 115

Best Results In Major Championships: 

  • Masters Tournament: Won 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
  • PGA Championship: Won 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
  • U.S. Open: Won 2000, 2005, 2006

 

Summary

Tiger Woods was born in Cypress, California, United States. He turned professional at the age of twenty and is known for his exceptional skills and success in golf, such as being the youngest master’s champion at twenty-one. 

 

2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach

At the golf 2000 U.S. Open, Tiger won his third major championship. He finished at 12-under-par-272. Tiger collected his victory reward of $800,000 and won over $9,000,000 in 2000, making him the PGA Tour’s all-time leading money winner! Regarding how he played, Tiger stated, “I was playing so well heading to Pebble, so that gave me a bit of confidence. I love that place, so I was at peace going to Pebble, and everything was on track.”

 

Honourable Mentions

Golf is an incredible sport that continues to grow each year, introducing new talent, stories, and achievements. We can’t list every golfing legend, but we will make honourable mentions to shed some light. 

 

Turned Professional: 1977

Professional Wins: 51

Turned Professional: 1982

Professional Wins: 66

Turned Professional: 1996

Professional Wins: 39

Turned Professional: 1961 

Professional Wins: 117

 

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