Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and the Top 15 Golfers from the 80s

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Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and the Top 15 Golfers from the 80s
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The 1980s were a turning point in golf. A handing down of the torch, if you will. A changing of the guard. 

This was not just with golfers, but with golf courses themselves and how they were maintained. Green speed, not much of a topic before the '80s, became a term everyone in golf soon learned.

More television coverage than ever also helped bolster the popularity of the game. Even though Jack Nicklaus no longer dominated the game like he had in the '70s and Arnold Palmer's heyday was long over, the popularity of the sport grew like it never had before.

So, looking back at the pivotal decade of the sport of golf, here are the top 15 players from the '80s.

Who was No. 1? Watson? Jack? Seve? Maybe Faldo?

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