Jack Nicklaus

Over the course of his 25-year career on the PGA Tour, Jack Nicklaus had 18 Majors victories between 1962 and 1986. He then won 8 Majors titles between 1990 and 1996. Both records still stand. Nicklaus also ventured into other collateral activities related to the world of golf, such as designing courses, writing game manuals and creating his own tournament, which was later included in the PGA circuit, the Memorial Tournament.

He, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player are credited with making golf the wildly popular sport it has become today. Nicklaus also hosted 100 Greatest of All Time, a five-episode one-hour television series produced and aired by the Tennis Channel in March 2012. Nicklaus holds the record for major PGA championships with a total of 18; Tiger Woods ranks second with 15.

Nicklaus has the third most wins on the PGA Tour with 73, behind Sam Snead (82) and Woods (82). Nicklaus also holds the record for most wins at the Masters with six wins and The Players Championship with three.

He played on six Ryder Cup teams, captained the team twice and the Presidents Cup team four times, and topped the PGA Tour money list and averaged eight times each. For 24 consecutive seasons, from 1960 to 1983 inclusive, he had at least one top-ten finish in a major championship, and that is a record.