When the 2012 Greenbrier Classic begins play on Thursday, July 5th, fans will have a rare opportunity to see four of golf's greatest champions of all-time. Together they have claimed a total of 187 victories on the PGA Tour, including 29 major championships. Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Vijay Singh is knocking on the door to join them, and there can be no doubt about a future induction ceremony for Tiger Woods.
Tom Watson: A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Watson has accumulated 39 career wins on the PGA Tour, including eight major championships, in a professional career which began in 1971. His five British Open championships rank second all-time, behind only Harry Vardon who won six between 1896 and 1914. Before dismissing the 62-year-old Watson's chances, remember that he tied for the 72 hole lead and nearly won his sixth British Open title as recently as 2009. Tom Watson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.
Phil Mickelson: Born in San Diego, California, in 1970, Phil Mickelson was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year. His victory at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open was the last PGA Tour event won by an amateur. The 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was Mickelson's 40th career win on Tour, including four major championships. He is the greatest left-handed player in the history of the PGA Tour.
Vijay Singh: Vijay Singh is a 49-year-old native of Lautoka, Fiji. He finished as the PGA Tour's leading money winner in three different seasons, 2003, '04, and '08. With nine victories in 2004 alone, he has now won 34 times in his PGA Tour career. His three major championships include the PGA in both 1998 and 2004. Vijay Singh's best finish in 2012 was a tie for ninth at the Byron Nelson Championship in May.
Tiger Woods: The youngster of this group, Woods was born in Cypress, California in December of 1975. Having claimed his 74th PGA Tour win at the 2012 AT&T National, he ranks second to Sam Snead's record of 83. He also ranks second in major championships with 14, behind only Jack Nicklaus' total of 18. From 1999 to 2009, Tiger Woods was the only player (other than Vijay Singh) to finish atop the annual earnings list. With three victories in 2012, he is currently ranked fourth in the official world golf rankings.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.
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