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Mar 3rd, 2017

Top 50 GolfPunks

Who made the list?

The Top 50 GolfPunks

50) Bobby Jones

49) Rodney Dangerfield

48) Phil Mickelson

47) Maurice Flitcroft

46) Porky Oliver

45) Babe Zaharias

44) Simon Hobday

43) Ken Shofield CBE

42) Payne Stewart

41) Anna Rawson

40) Tiger Woods

39) Jesper Parnevik

38) Tommy Bolt

37) Tom Watson

36) Lexi Thompson

35) Rickie Fowler

34) Valdy

33) Mark McCormack

32) Paul Casey & Nicolas Colsaerts (joint)

31) Johnny Miller

30) Gene Sarazen

29) Brian Barnes

28) Chi Chi Rodriguez

27) Oliver Hardy

26) Karsten Solheim

25) Paul McGinley

24) Lefty Stackhouse

23) Andrew Beef Johnston

22) Happy Gilmore

21) Sam Snead

20) Lee Elder

19) Caddies

18) Lee Trevino

17) P.G. Wodehouse

16) Charlie Sifford

15) Gary Player

14) Moe Norman

13) Walter Hagen

12) Miguel Angel Jiminez

11) Ky Lafoon

10) Sam Torrance

9) Laura Davies

8) Tony Jacklin CBE

7) Seve

6) Jack Nicklaus

5) Doug Sanders

4) John Daly

3) The Morris Dynasty

2) Ian Poulter

1) Arnold Palmer


Introducing the characters that inspired us to launch this magazine, and now website.

NB: the people you read about over the next few pages do not form a list of greatest all-time golfers. One or two of them have never recorded a tournament victory; some don’t even play golf for a living. This is a once in a lifetime collection of geniuses, grafters, scoundrels, dandies, groovers and wastrels whose contribution to the great game was and continues to be so great that we decided to name a magazine in their honour.

Confused: Ok, let’s get started with the fact that The GolfPunk is the player who stands out from the crowd. Bobby Jones is a GolfPunk simply by virtue of the fact that he changed the game forever and gave us Augusta.

Lefty Stackhouse, on the other hand, is a GolfPunk because he added so much colour to the game with his erratic antics, once knocking himself out with a self-inflicted punch to the jaw after missing a short putt. It makes no difference that the sport is bedevilled with conservative attitudes, that traditions and codes of conduct are often maintained with repressive vigour, there will always be the GolfPunk.

Which other sport presents us with such a rich variety of colourful figures from Walter Hagen to Severiano Ballesteros? Which other sport characterises the nobility of human endeavour more honestly? Where else could you find Cinderella stories and tales of soul-sapping woe in equal measure?

You’ll notice we haven’t included a whole host of budding GolfPunks from the various tours. This is deliberate. We will be featuring the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth et all as often as possible via the website over the next few years as they continue to cement their places in the big time.

But for now, these are our GolfPunks. Many of our favourites are archetypal winners like Sam Snead and Lee Trevino – players who matched their considerable natural talents with ruthless ambition. Others, like Mo Norman and John Daly, have spent their lives sampling triumph and despair, and we love them all the more for it. And where would the game be without unsung nut cases like serial club abusers Ky Lafoon and Lefty Stackhouse?

A funny bunch, but what unites every single one of these people is an undying love for the game. These people don’t kick sneak their ball out of the rough and onto the fairway, and they don’t stroll through the line of an opponent’s putt (Brooklyn apart!). They don’t even shave a shot or two off a dodgy practice round.

It’s not all rosy, of course. After half an hour in some clubhouses you could be forgiven for thinking there is more wrong than right with the sport. I mean, what other membership club have you joined, where on receipt of your membership payment, they immediately hand you a list of the things you can’t do?

Yet while there are people out on the course who keep breaking records, busting clubs, walking on water and wading through burns we will salute these GolfPunks one and all. Enjoy…


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Top 50 GolfPunks 45-41

Top 50 GolfPunks 40-36

Top 50 GolfPunks 35-31

Top 50 GolfPunks 30-26

Top 50 GolfPunks 25-21

Top 50 GolfPunks 20-16

Top 50 GolfPunks 15-11

Top 50 GolfPunks 10-6

Top 50 GolfPunks 5-1




TAGS: Top 50 GolfPunks Of All Time, Arnold Palmer, Anna Rawson, Jack Nicklaus, Seve, Lee Trevino, Players, 2017