Although the homeland of golf is Scotland, that sport hasn’t reached the same heights in Europe as in the United States. While there are many extremely successful European golfers, they haven’t yet achieved the levels of the most famous US golfers like Tiger Woods. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t find talented golfers from Europe! To prove that point, we are going to introduce you to top 5 active European golfers! Let’s start with our number one pick!
- Rory Mcllroy. Being one of the four players to win three majors by the age of 25 along with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Jordan Spieth, a Northern Irish professional golfer Rory Mcllroy is the number one golfer from Europe. At the age of 22 in 2011, he became the youngest player in the history of golf to reach €10 million in career earnings on the European Tour. Besides, he became the youngest player on the PGA Tour to reach €10 million earnings. Mcllroy has won 13 PGA Tours, 13 European Tours, 1 Asian Tour, and 1 PGA Tour of Australasia. Most importantly, he has had four victories in major championships! Now that is what means a successful golfer!
- Henrik Stenson. The number two European golfer on our ranking is Henrik Olof Stenson. Having won the Open Championship at Royal Troon, he is the first male Swedish golfer to win a major championship. Not only that, he won the major with a record score of 264! At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Stenson won the silver medal by losing only two strokes to gold medalist Justin Rose. Stenson won the U.S. PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, becoming the first player to win both and the first player to do so in the same season in 2013.
- Sergio Garcia. Having spent the considerable part of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, Sergio Garcia is on the number three spot of our ranking. And that’s not that surprising as he is known as one of the most precise and consistent goflers! As a professional, Garcia won 31 international tournaments, most importantly, the 2008 Players Championship and his only major, the 2017 Masters Tournament. During his long career, Garcia has earned more than $43 million.
- Alex Noren. As of September 3, Noren is the number twelve golfer on the Official World Golf Ranking. While he hasn’t been as successful in major championships, he has demonstrated solid performance on the European Tour he currently plays on. He turned professional in 2005 and won his first European Tour title in 2009 at the Omega European Masters. During the subsequent years, he secured 8 more victories on the European Tour. Noren isn’t what you would call an exceptionally successful golfer. He slowly moved towards his first professional title to then show consistency on his tour, which is not what every golfer can achieve!
- Jon Rahm. The last but not the least, Basque-Spanish golfer Jon Rahm is the number five European golfer on our list. The 22 years old golfer has been the number one golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a record 60 weeks! As of September 3, 2017, he occupies his career best 5th position on the Official World Golf Ranking. That’s the number one among European male golfers! He has won only 2 professional events and no majors yet, but he has an outstanding talent, which can make him one of the most successful if not the most successful European golfer in future!