One of the most exciting aspects of any spectator sport is the watching rivalries play out in front of our eyes. Golf is no different. Throughout its history golf has played host to some of the most exciting rivalries of any sport. Here’s a look at five of the best.
Palmer – Nicklaus
This rivalry was significant as it played out on television, playing a major role in golf becoming a spectator sport. Their rivalry drew more fans to the sport than ever before. Palmer was, arguably the first golfing superstar, and Jack Nicklaus is, arguably the greatest golfer of all time.
Snead – Hogan
Legends Sam Snead and Ben Hogan are two true legends of golf, and interesting enough their careers paralleled each other. Over a twenty year period, from 1930 to 1950 they dominated the sport with Snead winning 81 tournaments and Hogan winning 61.
Nicklaus – Watson
This rivalry arguably epitomised everything that makes golf great. Their individual duels led to some of the most spectacular shots in the history of the game. What makes this rivalry all the more memorable was the respect both players had for one another.
Faldo – Norman
Throughout the 80’s and 90’s the two best golfers of the time competed against one another repeatedly. Perhaps their most memorable moment together was in the 1996 US Masters where Faldo overturned Norman’s six shot lead in the final round to win the tournament.
Azinger – Ballesteros
This rivalry may not be one that instantly spring to mind, but it was one that encapsulated what makes the Ryder Cup great and the spectacle it is today.
These are the five most noteworthy rivalries in the history of golf. Without a doubt the game wouldn’t be what it is today without each of them.