Golf Digest rank the 100 best modern golfers on PGA Tour

Five Australian golfers feature in Golf Digest’s list of the 100 best modern players.

Golf Digest love a list and their latest instalment comes in the form of the best ranked golfers since 1980; and guess who gets ranked the best?

Golf Digest picked 1980 because that was the year that “the PGA Tour created a database with complete scoring and performance statistics that made “apples to apples” comparative analysis more possible.”

And so using some sort of complicated algorithm that included a focus on performance (avoiding any subjectivity) and weighting majors and a golfer’s best golf more heavily, Golf Digest ranked the best 100 golfers on the PGA Tour since 1980.

Tiger Woods was unsurprisingly ranked in number one, followed by Australia’s Greg Norman. Four other Australian’s featured in the list: Adam Scott ranked at number 22, Steve Elkington (43), Geoff Ogilvy (57) and Stuart Appleby (66).


  • Tiger Woods
  • Greg Norman
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Vijay Singh
  • Ernie Els
  • Tom Watson
  • David Duval
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Nick Faldo

Check out the full list of the best 100 modern players in golf and a full chart with all the numbers at

3 thoughts on “Golf Digest rank the 100 best modern golfers on PGA Tour

  • Will need to add Jason Day in this list in the years to come.

  • The Shark cops a lot for heat for his losses but the Golf Digest ranking which was purely statistics based shows how good he really was.

  • Faldo should be second. Faldo is the most underrated player. With 6 Majors since 1980, the only golfer with more is Woods. And golfers all know, majors are what matters. Norman at number 2 is a farce. Couldn’t even win a major on US soil. And I’m a huge Norman fan, but bobby jones said golf was played on the course between your ears. Unfortunately Norman played on a vacant course on Sunday afternoon in the majors


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