Professional golfers have a unique life even when considered among other professional athletes. But most of the time, an effort at professionalism or cordiality following the outburst can replenish the stores of goodwill in the hearts of golf-lovers.
But in addition to being an extremely personal, meditative game, golf is also a haven for entitlement, condescension, mistreatment and smugness. Those who have the time and money to play golf from a young age seriously enough to make the professional circuit are almost always of the upper crust. The life of a professional athlete is hardly as easy as the casual fan would make it out to be.
But these PGA Pros are the repeat offenders whose antics can make the richest, most privileged sport outside of polo seem a little trashy. Tiger Woods has more than paid for his well-known brush with jerkdom. Pat Perez is a prime example of the latter, known for profane outbursts and club-over-knee temper tantrums in a game that prides itself on near-Victorian levels of decorum. At the Reno-Tahoe open, for example, he needed a dressing down from his father over his loud use of foul language.
As the tourney neared its end and Perez missed an eight foot birdie putt, rather than congratulate his playing partner on his par and likely victory, Perez decided to stamp off in a fury, remove a water bottle from his pocket and ceremoniously slam it on the grass.
That guy was a real sneaky jerk. The real life Mickelson, potential affinity for gambling aside, rarely ever makes headlines due to bad behavior, and on the rare times it has happened, Lefty has stepped up and recovered.
But Entourage Phil? That guy teaches studio executives to golf both left and right handed so they can hustle actors out of their dream roles. The Ryder Cup is one of the most hotly contested trophies in golf history, boiling with national pride as well as golfer bragging rights. The teams consist of the best American golfers and European golfers, chosen by team captains, and some of the largest egos in the sport are unsurprisingly involved.
Jessica Korda has the dubious honor of introducing an interesting subset of the caddie-abuser variety of golf jerk on this list: the mid-round caddie sacker. Korda, a young tour standout in the U. During the first round of the Canadian Open, Allenby and his caddie disagreed about club selection on the par five, 13th hole. After Allenby ended up in a water hazard, his completely measured, adult response was to fire his caddie, Mick Middlemo, on the spot.
On the 30th anniversary of his legendary Masters meltdownCurtis Strange sat down with the New York Daily News and owned up to the lessons it taught him: Among them was apparently that in golf, one must sometimes be a jerk. But you learn how to handle the pressure and do the best you can. You really have to be at that moment the most arrogant SOB on the planet. A hypothetical scenario that may require a bit of soul-searching: You find yourself in hot water after letting slip a homophobic and profanity-laden rant as part of a missed-putt tantrum.
As part of your post-screw up soul-searching, you say to yourself, and the world, that you must seek council with a zen golf guru to help keep your head. Your idea of such a bodhisattva of by-the-book golf? Bubba Watson. In fact, he delights and offends in equal measure with his prolific use of social media to brag about his good fortune.
The most intense scrutiny is paid both by Poulter and his detractors to his conspicuously large collection of automobiles, prominently featuring the works of Ferrari. But in the end, there are far worse ways to be a jerk. Time for the rollsroyce Ghost to go. Not driving it at all. Might get the BentleyMotors Mulsanne after the summer. Unfazed, Wozniacki told Golf. When you feud with someone who just famously had his serial philandering exposed to the world via a golf club through the windshield, you have to put in a lot of work to be the jerk in that feud.
A remarkable, even Sisyphean amount of work. But noted concentration enthusiast his pre-backswing routine often involved a full 20 seconds of settling the club face and major-less Tour pro Sergio Garcia managed to make the task of being a bigger jerk than Tiger Woods look monumentally easy.A woman who has a nice golf swing is sexy.
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The result? The USGA was criticized for overreacting. She also posed for the November issue of FHM and two year later, she began writing a monthly column for the magazine. Gulbis was a contestant in the second season of the Celebrity Apprentice and had her own reality show called The Natalie Gulbis Show at the Golf Channel. And yeah, who could forget her appearance at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wearing nothing but body paint. Michelle Wie is one of the most popular golfers in the world.
With broad shoulders and long legs, Wie is built like a supermodel. She won her first and only major at the U. Wie was the Laureus Newcomer of the Year winner in She also won the Rolex Annika Major Award in Because if you google her pictures, her gorgeous smile and sultry eyes melt you. And yes, we almost forgot to mention that she dated her caddie in Recari started playing golf at the age of 11 and found early success.
Perhaps unknown to her fans and admirersshe suffered from an eating disorder in her early years as a professional. She also uses a pink golf bag and has even used pink golf balls. And yes, her drivers have Pink Panther headcovers for good measure. Having been ranked as high as 2 in the tour, Creamer has won a total of 10 times in the LPGA tour, including 1 major - the U. Inshe announced her engagement to U.
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The were married a year later. So Yeon Ryu probably has the most sparkling eyes in the Tour. Stunning good looks plus success always equals to hotness. So won the U. Her junior golf career included a stint at the U. But Belen Mozo is the Spanish golfer that holds the key to the hearts of many golf fans.
That same year, she was part of the Spanish team that won the International Cup. Golf must run through her veins. She turned pro in and qualified for the U.Pings are used by 46 players and Callaway clubs by 40 pros on the three tours. Professional golfers often help design the clubs they use. These clubs, and similar models, are available for purchase by the general public. On average, male professional golfers use drivers with a loft between 9.
Weekley, a two-time winner of the Verizon Heritage, and Singh, winner of three majors since turning pro inboth carry a Tiger Woods, the most well-known golfer in the world, headlined 10 PGA players who carry Nike clubs, according to the company's website. The VR Tour is the driver of choice for Nike golfers. Woods has won 14 majors and uses the VR Tour. There are 10 European players, including Charl Schwartzel, who won twice in as of Augustwho use Nike drivers. Schwartzel carries the VR Tour driver.
Cabrera, winner of the U. Open and Masters, uses a 7. Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the British Open, is also a Ping player--he carries a 9-degree Rapture series driver.
Goydos carries the R9 driver, which allows golfers to shift the weighting of the club to fit their swing. Johnson hits a 9. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States.
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TaylorMade, Titleist, Nike, Ping and Callaway are among the most popular drivers for professional golfers. Nike Tiger Woods, the most well-known golfer in the world, headlined 10 PGA players who carry Nike clubs, according to the company's website. Paula Creamer, winner of the U.
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Solheim Cup Team and led the U. Solheim Cup Team, serving as the first-ever playing assistant captain, with a record.
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Recipient of the William and Mousie Powell Award. Won her 30th career title at the Evian Masters. Was a member of the U. Solheim Cup Team, recording a record. Was a member of the victorious U.A certain amount of arrogance is expected, maybe even appreciated, on the field of play. They may point to a ball as it curls its way to the cup, rising jubilant with a fist pump as it falls in.
They may assert their superiority by disdaining their fans or by openly criticizing their opponents and ridiculing them in the media.
Oddly enough, their overbearing and presumptuous manner can simultaneously turn them into some of the most off-putting people on the planet and the most admired. A brash Sergio Garcia literally leapt into our collective consciousness at the PGA Championship when he closed his eyes and curved a shot around a tree trunk onto the green.
As the ball moved into the air, a jubilant Garcia sprinted wildly, scissor-kicking with delight over the result. He eventually finished second to Woods in the tournament setting up a potential long-term rivalry between the two. Over the years, Garcia gradually lost favor with fans and competitors alike with his never-ending waggle and unorthodox swing. He annoyingly gripped, released and re-gripped his club as he pondered a shot.
While he has since eliminated the habit, he has said unapologetically, "My swing works for me, so why should I change it? I prefer to have a natural swing and play well rather than a perfect swing and not be able to play good.
Although Garcia has been considered a top world golfer, the rivalry with Tiger never really transpired. When he commented that he would serve Tiger Woods fried chicken for dinner at the U. Open, he leapt into something more undesirable than a waggle. Ironically, Sergio had singled out Tiger as arrogant and aloof. Yet, it takes a pretty self-consumed guy to think he can get away with making thoughtless statements in an effort to be funny. It could just be a case of jealousy, but Phil Mickelsongreat golfer, great family man, great signer of autographs, has actually been called an arrogant phony at times.
There are a lot of anonymous comments about Mickelson but his public record seems to fly in the face of them. His personal fight with an arthritic condition and his public show of love for his wife who battled breast cancer has endeared him to the public.
Loyal tax payers were not happy with a rich guy who was looking to avoid paying them. The only real cockiness Mickelson shows is on the golf course where he has repeatedly overreached himself at crucial times in a tournament.
For a guy who has won so many times on the tour and will be regarded as perhaps the greatest left-handed player ever, Mickelson is probably known more for his ability to wrest defeat from the jaws of success. He did it most recently at the U. Open, allowing Justin Rose to win his first major. He did it most notably at Winged Foot in where he let slip a chance to win his third straight major.
Rory Sabbatini may be the epitome of the jerkiest form of arrogance. Inhe challenged Tiger Woods to a fight. The cocky South African started a feud with Woods what has Tiger ever done to these guys? Those crazy rumors going around? OK guys? Inhe was considered one of the best in the game and actually usurped Tiger Woods as No.Today we come up with a list of top ten lovely female golfers ever to walk the fairways.
Beatriz Recari Eransus is a Spanish professional golfer on the U.
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Born on 21 April in Pamplona in northern Spain, Recari began playing golf at age 11 and enjoyed a successful amateur career, with wins at the Spanish Amateur Championship and the French Amateur Championship.
She won the U. Ryu turned professional at age Her first win as a professional came in February on the American Cactus Tour, in which she won by six strokes. She graduated in February with a degree in sports business. Charley Hull, born on 20 Marchis an English professional golfer who achieved success during her debut season on the Ladies European Tour, winning honors as Rookie of the Year and becoming the youngest competitor to participate in the international Solheim Cup.
She won several amateur events in the United States and Great Britain and has ranked in the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking, reaching a high of number three in the world. Creamer was born in Mountain View, California, on August 5, She participated in acrobatic dancing and gymnastics during her childhood, and started playing golf when she was 10 years old. At the age of 12, she won 13 consecutive regional junior events in northern California, and the following year she became the top-ranked female junior golfer in the state.
She turned professional at the age of She was the U. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 8, Ekey turned professional inand joined the Futures Tour on July 14, Anna Rawson the most beautiful woman in sports. The 2nd Australian beauty in our list of ten most attractive women golfers.
Born in Adelaide, Australia, on 5 AugustRawson is a professional golfer and model. At the age of 17, she started as an amateur golfer in Australia, and won the Jack Newton International Junior Classic. Rawson turned professional at the end of One of the most attractive women golfers — Nikki Garrett, born on 8 January is an Australian professional golfer.
Born and raised in the Sacramento, California, area, Gulbis started finding interest in the game at the early age of four. By the time she reached age seven, she had won her first tournament, and at age ten, she reports she was breaking par.
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Why not? Born in Moscow, Russia, on 27 MarchMaria Verchenova is one of the hottest imports in the game today. She is the first Russian to become a full-time member of the Ladies European Tour. She has several top finishes.