I know it's got to be more than these two...
Who Do You Like, And Why?
By Kickntrue on 5/18/09
I read an interesting thought recently that basically said the only people golf fans really care about "enough to move the needle" are Tiger, Phil, Wie and maybe Daly. Is that really it? Of course- when I look back at posts and stories we do on oob and read elsewhere those clearly are the names that show up the most often.
I like to think oobgolf is a bit deeper than your average golf fan, so what I want to know is - who do you like, and why? If it's Tiger or Phil, I still want to know that, but also what about them makes them your favorite. If it's someone lesser known, why? I know it's often because of a personal story- which are great to hear.
Who you got? Represent your pro!
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Adam Scott: his swing and style are impeccable. Too bad this year he's completely off the charts.
As a golf fan for about 10 years now, I have to say that I think most pros are too "streaky" for the casual fan to become interested. If a hand full of the same names appeared for a year on the top of the leaderboards, I think that would attract a larger "casual" audience.
i was a big Curtis Strange fan growing up. i'm not sure why but i always appreciated the surliness of his on-course personae.
out of today's players, i've been a big Geoff Ogilvy fan since he won his first WGC event back in 06. he's curbed his anger, is now playing at an elite level and is a great example of what a good attitude can do for you scores.
For me it's about the event and the location. Of course, I watch all the golf I can. However I really enjoy watching the majors. I also like watching any course I have had a chance to play and see where these guys hit it versus where I hit. My favorite pro is Tiger but I like most of the guys. In my experiences I have met many tour pros and most guys are pretty darn good guys. There are a few jerks but not too many.
ANTHONY KIM ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!! multiple major championships for this kid no doubt
Luke Donald for awhile and AK since mid last yr. But like bducharm said, it depends on the field and tourney. If there is a local guy, comeback story, or veteran doing well I'll root for them.
Boo Weekly, I feel like I can relate to him more, and at the Ryder Cup he just looked like he was having a lot of fun. He feels more like an Everyman to me. And a biscut too!!!
I'll toss in a vote for Padraig Harrington. After every interview I see or read he just comes off as a genuinely good guy. He doesn't seem like his successes have gone to his head. This is a guy that had some talent to start with, but has gotten to where he is by putting in a ton of hard work. It's also nice to see one of the pros represent something other than Nike, Callaway, or Taylor Made.
Greg Norman.Even though he hardly plays anymore,he is a class act.
Eric Duquene says:
I agree with Padraig... He seems like a good natured person and all in all likes to have fun (see the happy gilmore videos).
Eric Duquene says:
And for the women... Suzann Petterson. Everyone goes gaga over the typical women but Suzann Petterson is gorgeous.
Les Page says:
Jerry Kelly, Boo, Rocco Mediate and Fred Funk, I love to watch players having fun on the course. Yes Tiger too, intensity, skill and just exciting to watch him play the game. Favorite of all time, talented and having fun, Lee Trevino. For swing rhythm, Fred Couples. Love playing the game and love to watch it being played.
Tiger, Adam Scott, Paul Casey are who I root for. But in reality as long as someone doesn't act like a robot while on TV, I'll be their fan for a Sunday afternoon.
Matt F says:
Like Hackman, I'm an Ogilvy fan. I've met him a few times and he's always replied when asked a question. Plus he's a fellow Aussie. Adam Scott is another favourite...his swing is classic and his caddy is a really nice and genuine guy.
I have always liked watching Tiger play; he's been my favorite to watch since he became a pro. Other than Tiger, I find myself rooting for players such as Kenny Perry and Geoff Ogilvy.
i'm a big fan of stewart cink...especially since he started a twitter, he really gives a lot of insight into what it's like to play on tour. and of course tiger
i have to agree with Padraig Harrington. he really shows what hard work can do for you. once he puts enough time digging trenches at his local driving range to groove his new swing change, watch out for him to take at least 1 more major.
I like Tiger just because he is the best golfer on the planet. Even the people that don't like Tiger for whatever reason, know that he's the best golfer. I found it disturbing when I found out that he doesn't tip (if it's true). I don't really get involved with who's a nice guy and that type of stuff because I've never met any of them. They all get instructions on how to talk to the media, and some actually get fined behind the scenes when they don't tow the company line (Sergio). We never get to see what those guys are "really" like, so I only judge them on golf alone, and on golf alone I gotta go with Tiger.
Camilo Villegas. Ever since I saw him read a green for the first time, i've followed his progress to see what else he will do differently in his approach to the game. I also root for Anthony Kim because he calls Texas home.
Tiger because he's the best, Boo because his personae is fun and good for the mass appeal and growth of the game, Harrington because the one time I met him he was REALLY nice, and Tom Lehman because he was the college buddy of a family friend and he helped me get my first job in the golf business.
I would have to select Rocco & Paul Goydos, because they reflect how a player can rise above the "ordinary" to high levels of performance after a long period of hard work and dilligence and maintain a pleasant demeanor. They are "Players Players" and not some Fan Idol. JWHpurist
Justin Leonard, Hook em'.
Ernie, the Goose and Immelman. Otherwise I'm a big fan of Anthony Kim.
I really like James Nitties because I watched him on the Big Break. Weekley and and AK are both fun to watch. KJ Choi lives near my home so that is a plus. That, and recently I've become a HUGE fan of Maria Verchenova.
John Gelsinger says:
Fred Couples - Smoothest Swing in the game.
I will go with a couple of the kids . Nick Watney? and Sean O'Hair? Not sure about the spelling . It is fun to see how they handle themselves . Not ot mention they are superb players . I always like rooting for Fred Couples . And Bubba Watson . Because he is a lefty . And he bombs it !
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