Ian Poulter and the 5 Best 'Scramblers' in the Game of Golf

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Ian Poulter and the 5 Best 'Scramblers' in the Game of Golf
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There are many different types of golfers. You've got the "Bombers" and the "Stripers," the "Shotmakers" and the "Thinkers," but the most useful skill a golfer can have in his or her bag is the ability to scramble for par. 

While it's always important for golfers to know how to handle their low-lofted clubs, the "Scramblers" may have the biggest advantage against their competition, simply because no one can hit GIRs—that's greens in regulation for short—100 percent of the time.

Consider the statistics: in 2012 thus far, the average PGA Tour professional is hitting around 65 percent of greens in regulation, missing an average of six to seven greens per 18-hole round. The worst PGA pro sports a GIR percentage below 58 percent, while the best hits the mark above 70 percent.

In most cases, great scramblers are also superb scorers overall, and are good bets to contend every Sunday. After seeing the golfers on this list, we think you'll agree. In fact, you might even want to sign our petition to alter the game's most overused saying "drive for show, putt for dough," to "drive for show, scramble for dough." It's an important issue for us all.

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