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The Name Game
By joe jones on 2/11/14
I offer these names in no particular order, not for rating as the best ever, but for general discussion. I'm sure I have forgotten a few, so your comments and additions would be welcome.

Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Laura Davies, Mike Souchak, George Bayer, Titanic Thompson, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Sam Snead, Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes, Mickey Wright, Robert Garrigus, Dustin Johnson, John Daly, Nicolas Colsaerts, Davis Love III, Álvaro Quirós, Joanne Carner, Jason Kokrak, Adam Scott.
Straight Drivers:

Greg Norman, Graham McDowell, Hunter Mahan, Jack Nicklaus, Jeff Maggert, Fred Funk, Moe Norman, Calvin Peete, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Bobby Jones, Nick Faldo, Byron Nelson, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Ben Hogan, Colin Montgomery, Sam Snead.
Steady Eddies:

Luke Donald, Annika Sörenstam, Nancy Lopez, Jim Furyk, Peter Thomson, Steve Stricker, Ben Curtis, Hale Irwin, David Toms, Jason Dufner, Juli Inkster, Jeff Maggert, Byron Nelson, Brad Van Pelt, Tom Kite.
Grinders & Scramblers:

Ian Poulter, Brian Gay, Seve Ballesteros, Billy Mayfair, Geoff Ogilvy, Phil Mickelson, Pádraig Harrington, Jerry Kelly, Chris DiMarco, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Walter Hagen, Corey Pavin.
Great Putters:

Bob Charles, Bobby Jones, Brad Faxon, Dave Stockton, Jerry Barber, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Jack Nicklaus, Bernhard Langer, George Low, Loren Roberts, Ben Crenshaw, Billy Casper, Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer.
Short Game Wizards:

Gary Player, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros, Luke Donald, Ray Floyd.
Fashion Plates:

Ian Poulter, Ricky Fowler, Doug Sanders, Jimmy Demaret, Walter Hagen, Payne Stewart, Adam Scott, Ben Hogan, Luke Donald, Camilo Villegas, Gary Player.
Strange Swings:

Calvin Peete, Jim Furyk, Miller Barber, Ed Furgol, Charlie Owens, Moe Norman, Eamonn Darcy, Jim Thorpe, Allen Doyle, Ray Floyd, Nancy Lopez, Doug Sanders, Gay Brewer, Tommy Gainey, Arnold Palmer.
Best Swings:

Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Micky Wright, Steve Elkington, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Fred Couples, Tom Weiskopf, Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Tom Watson, Adam Scott, Nick Price, Tom Purtzer, Gene Littler.
Bad Boys & Hot Heads:

Rory Sabbatini, Bruce Crampton, Ken Green, John Daly, Steve Pate, Tommy Bolt, Anthony Kim, Pat Perez.
Most Popular & Most Admired:

Payne Stewart, Nick Price, Arnold Palmer, Nancy Lopez, Micky Wright, Fred Couples, Harry Vardon, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, Steve Stricker, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Darren Clarke.
Experts At Gamesmanship:

Seve Ballesteros, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Ray Floyd, Walter Hagen, Marty Furgol, Lloyd Mangrum, Lew Worsham, Tiger Woods.
Oddballs & Characters:

Porky Oliver, Ky Laffoon, Woody Austin, Moe Norman, Bill Murray, "Happy Gilmore," "Carl Spackler," "Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy," George Low, Titanic Thompson.

I am sure that some of these names may be unknown to you. I add them so you may be wondering why they are on the list. Look them up. You may be amazed at the who, what, and why they are noteworthy.

This column was written by Joseph Jones, a reader / follower / fellow oober. The opinions stated above are 100% his and do not necessarily reflect those of oobgolf in any way. Enjoy! And remember, he's ready for your feedback.

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
You could probably stick Tiger in the "Hot Heads" category, too.
mjaber says:
Tom Watson in the Popular/Admired, and Stricker in the great putters
slimpks1850 says:
Hacker: slimpks1850
slimpks1850 says:
Joe, great article. Best swings - you left off Louie Oosthuizen! It was one of your responses in my "Swings" thread & my personal fav.
DougE says:
Agree with most, but Tiger needs to be listed under Most Popular & Most Admired. Though many don't like him, I think many more do, particularly if we are talking about his GOLFING popularity and admiration.

On another note, I didn't see my name on Strange Swings, Bad Boys & Hotheads, or Oddballs and Characters. Thanks.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Bubba should be on whiners/hotheads too.
joe jones says:
Tiger in Hot heads yes,
Tiger most popular. marginal. probably 50-50.
Watson & Stricker- For sure. Sorry about that
Bubba- Sometimes. His emotions swing both ways. Sometimes hot sometimes cool Dude.
jasonfish11 says:
Travino in strange swings.
Sparker1969 says:
Tom Watson in his prime was a wild bomber off the tee, not a straight hitter. Until his putting went in the late 1980s, his only rival for short game greatness was Seve. His game in the last twenty years is almost completely the reverse of what it was in his prime.

I nominate Nick Faldo for the Steady Eddies.

Woody Austin for the Hot Heads.

Characters would include Mac O' Grady and the immortal Chi Chi Rodriguez.
joe jones says:
Wonderful additions. keep them coming guys.
joe jones says:
Great character studies. Do a google or youtube search on Titanic Thompson. George Low,Bobby Locke, Eamonn Darcy and Ky Lafoon.Stranger than fiction.
Wes11point5 says:
Mac O'Grady is an oddball.
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