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We can look back at these great players with nostalgia and trace how time has created giants from players who were utterly human.

We wonder how many of the ridiculously talented players we watch at the moment will find their way into that exclusive club of "the greatest of all time".

Our junior golfers can only look and learn and dream and read. The future is unforeseeable and unpredictable.

But giants have walked the fairways before and their wisdom can ensure that the legends to come may be even greater.

If you can't recognize the quote on its own maybe the description of the golfing great will be helpful.

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"There is golf and tournament golf, and they are not all the same."

This golfing legend and Texas prodigy rose from a most unfortunate childhood to become co-founder of Augusta National and The Masters, and the subject of the 2004 movie, Stroke of Genius.

"Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don't have a dime in your pocket."

He is not only one of the greatest Hispanic golfers of all time, but one of the greatest players in golfing history who called his boycott of The Masters the greatest mistake of his career. He had a cameo in Happy Gilmore too.

"Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character."

The King.

"Golf is the hardest game in the world. There's no way you can ever get it. Just when you think you do, the game jumps up and puts you in your place."

One of the best putters in history now in golf course design. An illustrious golfing career with 2 Masters wins including 1995 during which he did not 3-putt all tournament.

"The more I practice, the luckier I seem to get."

Much quoted wisdom from one of Golf's "Big 3" greatest players.

"I'd like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me."

A golfing great who learned golf on the beaches of Spain with a cut-down 3-iron.

"It's great to win, but it's also great fun just to be in the thick of any truly well and hard-fought contest against opponents you respect, whatever the outcome."

The Great Golden Bear.

"Playing from deep grass is a fact of life in professional golf."

Autism activist and a 2019 Presidents Cup Captain.

"As a child, the family that I had and the love I had from my two parents allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that, if I failed, I could always come home to a family of love and support."

The world's number one golfer for the most consecutive weeks and greatest total weeks of any player, he's pushing Jack Nicklaus as the GOAT.

"May thy ball lie in green pastures, and not still waters."

This player, known as The Hawk, never wore a glove and is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest ball strikers who ever played golf.

"The final group, on Sunday at the Masters, is the greatest feeling in the world for a professional golfer."

Author of 'One Magical Sunday'.

"I got so strong I felt like a giant. When I stood on the tee with Arnold and Jack, I was tiny compared to them. But I never believed they were bigger than me."

The Black Knight wore the same color clothes every time he competed.

"The person I fear most in the last two rounds is myself."

One of the few golfers who consistently went toe-to-toe with Jack Nicklaus and came out on top. Between Jack Nicklaus' peak and Tiger Woods' peak this guy was the best golfer in the game and, if he had won the 2009 British Open, only losing in a 4-hole playoff, he would have been by far the oldest Major Championship winner ever.

"You don't have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today's game. It may be far from your best, but that's all you've got. Harden your heart and make the best of it."

In the Top Ten of golfing greats, the first athlete to make the list of Best Dressed Americans, has a golf clothing line named after him and is portrayed in 2 movies: The Legend of Bagger Vance and Stroke of Genius.

"But in the end it's still a game of golf and if at the end of the day you can't shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you've missed the point."

Known for his flamboyant clothes, admired for one of the most stylish swings in the modern game, and remembered for his untimely death in an airplane accident.

"Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries - the course and yourself."

Winner of 18 majors and one of the "Big 3" golfing greats.

"I was from North Carolina so as a youngster all of my mind games about golf were always, "If I make this I win the Masters, if I hole this par putt I win the Masters." So it was a great thrill to play there."

1976 Masters Champion, oldest ever Ryder Cup player and one of the Masters of the short game with a book along those lines too.

"The press still considers me one of the most laid-back athletes since Babe Ruth. That's supposed to be a criticism, but I consider it a compliment because I think being carefree on the course is one of the secrets to scoring well consistently."

Known as "Boom-Boom" for his long drives and one of the few professional golfers who never plays with a glove.

"I have come to understand and appreciate writers much more recently since I started working on a book last fall. Before that, I thought golf writers got up every morning, played a round of golf, had lunch, showed up for our last three holes and then went to dinner."

Right-handed athlete with a left-handed golf swing, played himself in the movie 'Tin Cup'.

"Putting is probably the most important thing in the game. It's that classic argument you always hear, but it's true. You can hit the ball great, but if you can't make anything, it's so deflating. Putting is the source of where you really go in a round."

This golfer's proudest moment was taking the Claret Jug to his mom after his 1994 win. For foreigners like him, the (British) Open is regarded as the golf championship of the world and he was always very close to his mother after his dad died when he was ten years old.

"There are far more important things in life than making a putt or missing a putt or winning a championship or losing a championship."

Two time Masters winner from Germany, one of the most dominating names in golf since the 1980s and now the most successful player ever on the Champions Tour.

"The more they made noise, the more calm I became."

The 'Big Fijian' known for spending hours on the range before and after tournament rounds working on his game.

"Grip pressure, not mechanical flaws, is the biggest factor when you're nervous. You unconsciously grip it tighter, which keeps you from making a smooth swing with a natural release. Keep your grip pressure light, and you'll be surprised how much your mechanics stabilize."

South Africa's 'Big Easy'.

"Confidence is believing in your own ability, knowing what you have to do to win. My confidence was developed through preparation."


"One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about."

The US 2019 Presidents Cup Captain.

"One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing."

Along with Arnold Palmer, he is the only other professional golfer to have a PGA Tour Tournament named after him.

"The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat."

Nick-named "Slammin' Sammy" this golfer regarded as having the so-called "perfect golf swing".

"First educate yourself about what a vegan diet entails and why it is beneficial to your health. You need to understand and embrace the philosophy or you will not be able to make such a drastic dietary change. Secondly, make the change over time. Don't try to go cold turkey, you will shock your system and you will develop cravings that you may not be able to fight off. If you take your time and let your body adjust you will be eating a completely different diet before you realize it."

One of the first Players to be totally committed to being an athlete, doing 1000 sit-ups a day with a 70lb weight on his chest and being fanatical about his diet.

"Happiness is a long walk with a putter."

The Great White Shark, named for his coloring, county of origin and aggression on the golf course.

"I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying, I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win."

The Superstar who set a world record for circumnavigating the globe in a Learjet and the name behind the lemonade/iced tea beverage.

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