Greatest 'Athlete' To Play Golf

A poll about the Greatest Golfer of All Time was conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012. The voting was based on the best athlete (not player) who has a combination of strength, speed, endurance, quickness, durability and the other attributes that make an athlete elite. See more about the ESPN Sport Science poll to determine the Greatest Athlete of All Time. See also our discussion of the greatest ever golf player.

Nominees

Who is the greatest golf athlete of all time?

  1. Sam Snead
  2. Jack Nicklaus
  3. Ben Hogan
  4. Arnold Palmer
  5. Tiger Woods 

And the winner was ...

Tiger Woods, with 57% of the vote.

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