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There are 3 that I would have as locks. Jones, Nicklaus, Woods. The 4th spot is between Hogan and Arnold. It's a tough one to choose for me because Hogan's accomplishments are incredible. But Arnold's

I'd say Jones, Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus.  Tiger will be added as soon as he retires.

Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

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My four would be:

Bobby Jones:  As arguably the founding father of modern golf in America, he deserves a spot.

Arnold Palmer:  Beyond being the quintessential ambassador of golf, he was the original "brand" in the sport.  He turned that umbrella in to hundred of millions of dollars.

Jack Nicklaus:  In his era, no one had the influence that Jack had on the game.  It is hard to say if Jack or Arnie had more influence on the explosion of golf courses built in the 60's and 70's, but I know of a dozen 9 hole munis close to where I grew up that are all gone.

Tiger Woods:  He is simply the greatest to play the game.  He changed the way it was played and brought millions to the sport.  Today he is "the" brand worldwide.  I would not be surprised if one day he becomes the logo.

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download.jpgSeriously though, Id remove Shooter McGavin and replace him with Payne Stewart.

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10 hours ago, snapfade said:

download.jpgSeriously though, Id remove Shooter McGavin and replace him with Payne Stewart.

 

Mr Larson will make you put Shooter back. They're buds now.

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Historically: Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones 

Truthfully: Ben Hogan, Fred Couples, Reteif Goosen, Curtis Strange.

Fantastically: Ben Hogan, Fred Couples, Brooks Koepka, Payne Stewart

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:-DSomehow John Daly has got to fit on the mountain side, don't you think?

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8 hours ago, Guy In Lyon said:

Who IS on golf's "Mount Rushmore"?

Nobody, because there isn't one.

Who SHOULD be on golf's "Mount Rushmore"?

Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogen and Arnold Palmer.

It would be interesting to see what criteria was used that ignored the 2 GOATs in whichever order.

11 hours ago, Dunit507 said:

First answer that comes to my mind is everyone who has won all 4 majors for the men’s side.

That would be Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.  One too many, if you limit yourself to the traditional 4.

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6 hours ago, turtleback said:

It would be interesting to see what criteria was used that ignored the 2 GOATs in whichever order.

My criteria for my choices would be influence on the game throughout its history, achievement on the course, and, in general, being a class act and a credit to golf.

Tiger loses out by the last standard.

(How do you explain TWO "Greatest Of All Time"s?)

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2 hours ago, Guy In Lyon said:

My criteria for my choices would be influence on the game throughout its history, achievement on the course, and, in general, being a class act and a credit to golf.

Tiger loses out by the last standard.

(How do you explain TWO "Greatest Of All Time"s?)

It is a bow of courtesy to the people bound up in their nostalgia about Jack and unwilling to look at the objective facts that indicate that he was surpassed as GOAT by Tiger long ago.  Cf., the massive thread on the topic.

Thanks for sharing your criteria.  I disagree with them, but you are certainly free to choose your own criteria.

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The fatal flaw in this entire thread is the limitation of four players. If someone were designing a monument to the most important golfers of all time, you'd have to have more.

Vardon, Jones, Hagen, Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus and Woods all strike me as incredibly important people. Leaving one of them off seems like a travesty.

Also, in today's day and age, you'd get some pissed off people if a woman didn't make it. Not sure who that would be. Sorenstam, Mickey Wright, Zaharias, Lopez maybe?

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6 hours ago, turtleback said:

you are certainly free to choose your own criteria.

And nobody exercised ( abused ) this more than Jack.🤭

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On 1/1/2021 at 8:36 AM, mcanadiens said:

The fatal flaw in this entire thread is the limitation of four players. If someone were designing a monument to the most important golfers of all time, you'd have to have more.

Vardon, Jones, Hagen, Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus and Woods all strike me as incredibly important people. Leaving one of them off seems like a travesty.

Also, in today's day and age, you'd get some pissed off people if a woman didn't make it. Not sure who that would be. Sorenstam, Mickey Wright, Zaharias, Lopez maybe?

It is a Mount Rushmore, not a Hall of Fame.

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