The modern golf game originated in Scotland in the 15th century.
The UK began making its mark in golf’s history during the 17th century. The sport was spreading far and wide through Britain during the 1800’s.
Meanwhile, golf hadn’t even reached the US by that time.
It’s no wonder, then, that the UK has some of the best golfers in the world. It’s in our blood!
Let’s take a look at the top 7 best golfers to come out of the UK.
1. Darren Clarke
In 2011, Clarke defeated Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson in the Open Championship. The win came only six weeks after his wife died. It made for an emotional and memorable victory.
From Northern Ireland, Clarke has taken home 21 worldwide tournament wins. For 43 weeks he was listed in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
2. Sandy Lyle
In the 1980’s, Sandy Lyle dominated the UK golf league. Though British-born, Lyle went on to represent Scotland during his career.
Lyle has 27 professional tournament wins. His most memorable being the first British golfer to win the Masters in 1988. In May 2012 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
3. Rory McIlroy
This Northern Irishman could go on to become one of Europe’s best golfers of all time. He has 22 professional victories, including two PGA wins.
McIlroy is on his way to a career Grand Slam. The only victory he’s yet to achieve is in Augusta. At only 28 years old, he has plenty of years left to accomplish it.
4. Harry Vardon
Jersey born Harry Vardon’s golfing legacy is one for the history books. In 1896, Vardon won the first Open Championships. He went on to win a total of 62 tournaments over his career.
He also made famous what is now known as the “Vardon grip.” A way of holding a club with your hands overlapping.
5. Colin Montgomerie
Colin “Monty” Montgomerie is still one of the UK’s best golfers despite never winning a major. From 1993-1999 Montgomerie won seven consecutive European Tour Order of Merit titles.
In 2005, he won a record-breaking 8th title. With 31 European Tour wins, he has more than any other Brit.
6. Nick Faldo
Faldo was known by many for his perfectionist approach to his golfing technique. His work paid off, as he became the most successful Ryder Cup player ever.
The Englishmen was ranked World No. 1 golfer for an impressive 97 weeks. His 40 overall career wins include six major championships.
7. Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam was known as one of the “Big Five” generation of European golfers. Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle were included in that group.
At the 1991 Masters, Woosnam became the only Welshman to win a major. For 50 weeks, Woosnam was No. 1 on the World Golf Rankings list.
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