Golf is one of the most difficult sports to be a professional in. Playing golf itself is easy; almost anyone can do it. It just involves being able to hit a stationary ball forward toward the end goal of a hole. You don’t have to shoot under par once in your live to have fun playing golf. You don’t even need to be remotely athletic to get through a few holes at your local country club. This is what makes the consistent performances of the professionals so impressive. Not only are they very good at what they do, they perform at a level that most of us could never dream of, and they do it every single time they step out onto the links.
There have been a number of stars in the PGA over the years. Names like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are legendary, just like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle are for baseball. Other names are up there in legendary status, even though they are much more recent names. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Jim Furyk might still be actively involved in the sport in some level or another, but they are already poised to go down in history as some of the best golfers of all-time.
One good way to get a feel for who the best golfers in the PGA are right now is to look at the world rankings. Some of the best in recent history include Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Henrik Stenson. These golfers have all held places in the top five in the world, and even if they have an off day once in a while, you can bet that their worst is still going to be an impressive performance. There are a number of factors that go into determining who the number one ranked golfer in the world is, but the committee that ranks professional golfers looks at factors like how recently they have competed and what place they have finished in within the big tournaments, especially the Major Championships. The Majors tend to be of a much higher caliber when it comes to the quality of the competition, and a win in one of these can be enough to propel a golfer into the top ten in the world.
In order to stay ranked in the top ten in the world, a golfer needs to compete consistently, they need to perform consistently well, and they need to compete against other top ranked golfers. In that respect not only is it hard to make the ranks of the best in the world, it’s even harder to stay at the top of this list. This viewpoint makes Tiger Woods’ record of 281 consecutive weeks at the number one slot all the more amazing. It makes his total of 683 weeks within the position even more so. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the fact that when he was at his peak, Woods was one of the best ever.
Watching tournaments over the weekends can help you get a better feel for who the top athletes are, too. Watching the action also helps you to figure out which athletes you enjoy rooting for the most. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy the sport, but following some of the best athletes in the game is always a good way to not just relax, but to give yourself some encouragement to hit the links and work on your own game. Whether you are working on reducing your handicap into the single digits, or you just don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of your friends, practicing your game is a key part of enjoying it more—even if you will never be a professional.