Canadian Golfers: Canada’s Most Prominent Pro Golfers
Since Pat Fletcher’s victory in the Canadian national open in 1954, sadly, no native Canadian golfers have been victorious in the competition. Who exactly are the top five pro golfers from Canada’s illustrious history? The following rankings place a high emphasis on PGA Tour victories, total victories, and recent success (given that the level of competition is always increasing), and they are the result of that.
Stephen Ames was born in Trinidad and Tobago, but he married a Canadian flight attendant and became a citizen of Canada as a result of their union. He calls the city of Calgary in Alberta his home. He has won three times nationally and four times overseas. He has won four times on the PGA Tour.
The victory at The Players Championship in 2006 was the most impressive victory of the golfer’s career; he won by an amazing six strokes. Ames’ victory at the Players Championship is one of the most spectacular performances on tour by a Canadian in recent memory. Mike Weir’s victory at the Masters stands out as the other most impressive performance among Canadian golfers.
Ames has earned more than $19 million while competing on the PGA Tour; he is now making the transition to the Champions Tour.
If this were a list of the best ball-strikers, aka pro golfers, in the history of Canada, the quirky Moe Norman would be at the top of it, and he would be there by a significant margin.
Pipeline Moe was able to stripe the ball like no other pro golfers thanks to his homemade swing that he had developed through countless hours of practice and failure. It is possible that Norman might have had a more spectacular record on the PGA Tour if he had the same level of support behind him in the United States that he enjoyed in Canada.
Instead, he limited the amount of time he spent competing on the PGA Tour. His record in Canada, on the other hand, is outstanding: two wins in the Canadian Amateurs and 55 wins on the Canadian Tour.
Stan Leonard, a native of Vancouver who competed on the PGA Circuit throughout the 1950s and 1960s, amassed a total of three victories on the tour, one of which was the highly regarded Western Open in 1960.
The fact that Leonard has won three times contributes significantly to his standing, but the fact that he has also won 36 times on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, three times at the Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship, and three times on the PGA Tour is what puts him in third place among other Canadian pro golfers.
In the 1960s and 1970s, George Knudson was a dominant force on the PGA Tour, where he was victorious eight times. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 51 due to lung cancer.
He has three finishes that were among the top 10 at the Masters, including a tie for second place in 1969. Knudson was victorious a total of 27 times across the globe, including five times at the Canadian PGA Championship.
Mike Weir is still without question the best golfer from Canada of all time, and he leads the pack by a significant margin despite the fact that he has struggled in recent years, that he has taken an indefinite leave of absence, and that he has been doomed by a combination of short driving and an inability to find fairways.
Weir has amassed a total of eight victories on the PGA Tour throughout the course of his career. These victories are more valuable than Knudson’s since Weir’s victories have occurred more recently, when the level of competition was higher among pro golfers. In addition, Weir won the Masters in 2003, making him the only Canadian golfer to ever win a major championship.
Weir has amassed a total of 15 victories across the globe and has taken part in the Presidents Cup on five separate occasions.
Being one of the most prominent pro golfers in Canada, Brooke Henderson is widely considered to have had the most successful career of any of the other golfers.
As a result of her ten victories on the LPGA Tour, Henderson holds the record as the most successful Canadian player in the history of either the PGA Tour or the LPGA Tour.
She has won one major tournament so far, the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in addition to the CP Women’s Open in 2018, making her the first Canadian to win on home soil since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973.
When she was ranked as the No. 1 amateur in the world in 2014, Henderson’s career as an amateur athlete reached its pinnacle. She skipped college to go straight into the professional golfing circuit, and at the age of 17, she won her maiden event on the LPGA Tour by a margin of eight strokes.
She was honored as Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years, in 2017 and 2018, won the ESPY Award for ‘Best Female Golfer’ in 2019, and also received the LPGA Founders Award in that same year.