Top 7 Most Interesting Men in Golf

Fred Altvater@@tolohgolfrContributor IIFebruary 22, 2012

Top 7 Most Interesting Men in Golf

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    Golf has had its share of interesting characters over the years. Walter Hagen was the first, Champagne Tony Lema, the always-dapper Doug Sanders, flamboyant Chi Chi Rodriguez and talkative Lee Trevino, just to name a few. 

    Mac O’Grady is another blast from the past who played in 239 events on the PGA Tour in the 70’s and 80’s. He was best known for his eccentric behavior and Zen-like approach to his golf game. O’Grady perpetuated a running feud with then-PGA Commissioner Deane Beman, went through Q-School 17 times before he earned his PGA Tour card and finished his playing career with two wins and 18 top-10s.

    Another name that could be included on this list is retired tour professional and current NBC golf announcer Roger Maltbie, who once lost his first-place check during a post-tournament celebration.  Roger knows how to have a good time.

    Here is a listing of the top seven most interesting men in golf.

7. Frank Nobilo

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    Dark and mysterious looking, Frank Nobilo is always sporting a four-day stubble, was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is a descendant of an Italian pirate.

    He won 15 professional golf tournaments worldwide, was a member on two Presidents Cup teams and was forced to retire at a relatively young age from professional golf in 2003 due to injury.

    Frank travels the world and has distinguished himself as a top announcer and analyst for the Golf Channel since his retirement.

    Nobilo has been an assistant captain for his good buddy, Greg Norman, for the last two International President Cup teams.

6. Joe Ogilvie

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    Not your average dumb golf jock, Joe Ogilvie was born in Ohio and graduated from Duke University with a degree in economics.

    Although Joe is somewhat less colorful than the other men on this list, he would be a fantastic foursome partner and someone that would be good to chat up on the 19th hole. 

    He has one win in 359 starts on the PGA Tour and has career earnings of $9.9 million. 

    In addition to reading his yardage book, Joe's daily reading includes the Wall Street Journal as well as other daily financial reports. 

    Ogilvie started his own investment-advisory firm and is friendly with one of the world's richest men, Warren Buffett. 

    He has been on tour since 1996 and constantly finishes at or near the top 125 every year on the PGA money list, but manages to keep his golfing career going. 

    His name is constantly rumored as a possible successor to PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem upon his retirement.  Not sure he would be able to take the pay cut to lead the PGA Tour.

5. Gary McCord

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    Gary McCord once lived for a time in a storage rental unit after a rather nasty divorce. He joined the PGA Tour in 1971, and his best finishes were a pair of runner-ups in the 1975 and 1977 Greater Milwaukee Open. 

    He was hired by CBS as an on-course announcer in 1986 and has brought a whimsical comedic blend to his broadcasts. 

    McCord was banned by the Masters after comments he made on air during the 1994 television coverage. He likened the hard fast greens at Augusta as being “bikini-waxed” and that “body bags” were located behind the 17th green for players who overshot the green with their approach shots. 

    The Augusta National folks did not have an appreciation for Gary’s brand of humor. 

    He has written two books, was an adviser and acted in the Kevin Costner movie Tin Cup. 

    The final scene from Tin Cup depicts an actual exorcism of his “golf demons” during a golf tournament. 

4. Greg Norman

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    Greg Norman was the No. 1 ranked player in the world for 331 weeks. 

    His flair for the dramatic, long blond mane and surfer looks earned him the appropriate nickname of the Great White Shark.  

    Born and raised in Australia, he won two British Opens and was runner-up another eight times in major events. He was the 54-hole leader in all four majors in 1986.

    Greg amassed 88 professional wins over his 35-year career, including 20 wins on the PGA Tour. 

    Norman is still competitive with the young guys and finished T-3 in 2008 British Open at age 53.

    He has been the International Team Captain for the last two Presidents Cup Teams.

    One of the more intriguing things about Norman is his marriage to America’s Sweetheart tennis star Chris Evert for about 10 minutes. The couple began dating in 2007, were married in 2008 and divorced by the end of 2009.

    Greg has been hugely successful in business off of the golf course. He has all of the cool toys, including helicopters, personal jet, yachts and a Montana Ranch where he can hunt, fish and just kick back.

    Who wouldn’t want to be like Greg?

3. Darren Clarke

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    Darren Clarke is a senior member of the Irish contingent that has produced several major championship winners over the past several years, including Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. 

    Clarke collected his own major championship by winning the 2011 British Open at the ripe old age of 43.

    He has been a formidable golfing talent for many years. He took down Tiger Woods, 4 and 3, at the 2000 WGC Match Play event when Tiger was at the height of his golfing prowess. 

    He has 22 wins worldwide and is popular on both the European and PGA Tours.

    Darren loves fast cars and always seems to have a contagious smile and an upbeat attitude, with a large cigar in one hand and a pint of Guinness in the other. 

2. David Feherty

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    Long, black flowing locks with a hint of grey, van-dyke beard and hook nose are the trademarks of David Feherty.

    He was born in Northern Ireland, but has become a naturalized citizen of the United States.

    He is a published author, entertaining speaker, extremely supportive of American Military personnel, CBS golf analyst and now, host of his own Golf Channel television show. His humor is off the charts and his ability to constantly poke fun at himself, as well as his guests, make him a fan favorite.

    David had five wins on the European Tour and played on a winning Ryder Cup team in 1991. 

    He has fought and won battles with alcoholism, as well as depression, and has had three serious bicycle mishaps, with at least one of those involving a speeding truck. The truck won.

    He gets to walk inside the ropes with the golfing greats every week and always finds a new way to make seemingly mundane situations hilarious.

1. Miguel Angel Jimenez

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    Cigar smoking, wine connoisseur and the “Good-Life Loving” Miguel Angel Jimenez wins the award as the most interesting man in golf.

    The Spaniard has been a member of the European Tour for 20 years and has 18 professional wins.

    He wears his long, reddish curly locks in a tight pony tail under his Ping hat and his 48-year-old paunch over his belt buckle.  He is the perfect example of the not-so-finely tuned athlete.

    His pre-shot routine and golf swing have more moving parts than a mechanical engineer’s worst nightmare.

    The clincher for Miguel is without a doubt his unique warm-up routine caught on video prior to his round for the 2011 British Open.

    He is able to accomplish all of this while keeping his cigar lodged firmly in his mouth. As Peter Alliss would say, extraordinary my dear fellow.

    Stay thirsty, my friends.