Rivalry isn’t just about competing for the same objective—be it the Stanley Cup, the World Series or the Wimbledon trophy. It’s about lasting, definitive greatness between two tireless foes.
Every rivalry is distinct in its own way. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson’s basketball feud can’t compare to Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi’s tennis bouts.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees’ historical baseball battle cannot equate to the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey brawl for glory.
In golf, rivalries have fueled some of the most epic championships in history and to this day continue to sizzle among the world’s most voracious competitors. But unlike most other sports, where the adage “we win as a team, we lose as team” has the power to inspire and unify teammates in triumph and defeat, things are more black and white in golf.
One winner and one loser emerge with definite shots and moments that illuminate where one player failed and where the other soared.
What lies ahead are the 10 greatest rivalries in golf, from the timeless quandary of Jack Nicklaus versus Arnold Palmer to the lively debate over Happy Gilmore against Shooter McGavin.