Although Tiger Woods remains the best golfer on the planet in the last twenty years, several great players have also left their mark on the sport during this period. Whether here in North America or elsewhere in the world, this is my top 10 golf players list since 1990.
- TIGER WOODS, USA.
Not only did Woods allow the sport to experience an unexpected boom (advertising revenues, sponsorships, astronomical scholarships on the PGA Tour, international goals), but he also revolutionized the way professionals do, train themselves. Fourteen major victories, 74 triumphs on the PGA Tour, 38 wins in Europe (third-highest total in history behind Ballesteros and Langer) and more than 540 weeks at the top of the World Golf pyramid.
- PHIL MICKELSON, USA.
Mickelson, the big, charismatic lefty. Crowd favorite. At another time, he would probably have been the best golfer of his generation — hands of Surgeons, talent to spare. Unfortunately, lefty often lacked consistency. He may have had four majors under his belt, but I have the impression that he should have won almost double! How many times did he get the chance to become # 1 world champion and then fall apart in the weekend rounds? Too often. Nevertheless, his 40 career wins on the most competitive circuit in the world gave him second place in the standings, just ahead of Vijay Singh and Ernie Els.
- VIJAY SINGH, FIJI ISLANDS.
Few golfers can boast such an impressive track record as Singh’s. In fact, “the Big Fijian” finished first among the PGA scholarship holders on three occasions (2003, 2004 and 2008) in addition to winning the Fed Ex Cup at the end of the 2008 campaign. The great right-hand man’s attitude towards the media and his remarks about Sörenstam, however, cast a little shadow over his career. Nevertheless, with 34 career victories over the Tour (14th of all time) and three significant triumphs, Singh deserves his place in this Top 10.
- ERNIE ELS, SOUTH AFRICA.
In the tradition of the greatest South African players, the Big Easy, with its bonus, could play high-quality golf in just about any weather conditions due to its variable ball trajectories. Els has won no fewer than 65 professional tournaments around the world. With four majors in his record, including 2 British omniums, and 19 career victories on the PGA circuit, the grand frontier will have unmistakably scored the last two decades.
- NICK PRICE, ZIMBABWE.
Three significant victories, 18 victories on the PGA Tour, 50 triumphs around the world, Price was indeed one of the best players of his time.
- SIR NICK FALDO, ENGLAND.
All right, Faldo may have won only six victories on the PGA TOUR after 1990, but four of those victories came in significant matches. Faldo, a must-see (6 major, career).
- FRED COUPLES, USA.
Where would it be stopped Couples, without her chronic back problems? We’ll probably never know — what a graceful momentum. Perhaps one of the most beautiful of all time. Couples nevertheless managed to record 12 victories on the Tour after 1990 (15 in career) including The Master of 1992, his most famous triumph.
- GREG NORMAN, AUSTRALIA.
The majority of shark victories were recorded in the 1990s (12 on the PGA Tour after 1990, 20 in total). Norman seemed to possess the talent to dominate his sport. Unfortunately, he was never able to perform at his best in major tournaments. Damage.
- DAVIS LOVE III, USA.
What a player, This Love III. From the top of his 6’4’, he hit real bombs from the starting Tertre. 20 career wins on the Tour, more than 450 consecutive weeks in the world’s Top 10, yes, the American is indeed one of the top 10 players in the last twenty years.
- BERNHARD LANGER, GERMANY.
A controversial choice? Not at all. Even Langer should be higher on my list. True that German was more successful in the 1980s. However, he won no fewer than 22 events in the 1990s, the vast majority of them on the European side. His victory at the Masters in 1993 tipped the balance.