By Joe Passov
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sure, there's an element of luck to anyone who survives a match play event. That said, the notion that there are match-play specialists who burst through the clouds is a myth. The greatest match play competitors in history are basically the greatest golfers in history, period. Here's our take on the Top 10 Match Play Golfers of All-Time.

Tiger Woods, 1996
Tiger Woods at the 1996 U.S. Amateur at Pumpkin Ridge Golf.

1. Tiger Woods

Bobby Jones, 1927
Bobby Jones at the 1927 U.S. Amateur at Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn.

2. Bobby Jones

Walter Hagen, 1926
Walter Hagen at the 1926 PGA Championship at Salisbury Country Club in East Meadow, N.Y.

3. Walter Hagen

Jack Nicklaus, 1975
Jack Nicklaus at the 1975 Ryder Cup at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa.

4. Jack Nicklaus

Sam Snead, 1951
Sam Snead at the 1951 PGA Championship at Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa.

5. Sam Snead

Byron Nelson, 1937
Byron Nelson at the 1937 PGA Championship at Pittsburgh Field Club in Aspinwall, Pa.

6. Byron Nelson

Gene Sarazen, 1937
Gene Sarazen at the at 1937 PGA Championship at Pittsburgh Field Club in Aspinwall, Pa.

7. Gene Sarazen

Ben Hogan, 1939
Ben Hogan at the 1939 PGA Championship Pomonok Country Club, New York City, with wife Valerie.

8. Ben Hogan

Arnold Palmer, 1971
Arnold Palmer at a at practice round of 1971 Ryder Cup at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

9. Arnold Palmer

Seve Ballesteros, 1987 Ryder Cup
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Seve Ballesteros at the 1987 Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio.

10.  Seve Ballesteros

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