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10 Golfers Who Would Make Great Politicians

Ron FurlongAnalyst IINovember 2, 2010

10 Golfers Who Would Make Great Politicians

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    With our thoughts firmly focused on politics this election day, naturally someone had to sit down and tackle the all important question: Who would make the best politician among professional golfers?

    And, since we're at it, why not give a list of the top 10?

    For the sake of this being election day in the United States, we'll confine our list to Americans. Sorry Colin!

10. Kenny Perry

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    He looks the part, that's for sure. The native of Kentucky would rather work on his race cars than pursue political aspirations, but, if he ever had the inkling, here's betting he'd be a popular choice if he ran for office.

9. Jim Furyk

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    Any one who looks as straight and narrow as Furyk surely would be a popular choice, if he ever chose to work for the people.

    A native of Pennsylvania, Furyk has never shown any political desires. In fact, he once said, "Winning golf tournaments is what's important to me."

    So much for politics, I guess.

8. Stewart Cink

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    The big fellow (6'4") from Alabama is a quiet, yet a well-respected player on tour.

7. Peter Jacobsen

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    Politicians who can make us laugh have always been popular. Jacobsen fits this bill perfectly. Might be too nice to hold office, but maybe he should give it a shot.

6. Corey Pavin

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    If you think about it, being a Ryder Cup captain is pretty good practice for politics. Pavin didn't fare so well at the Ryder Cup, but that doesn't matter. It's how he came through it, and how he was able to deflect.

    He seemed a natural at not taking the blame for the Americans' loss in Wales. A perfect test for a would-be politician.

5. Davis Love III

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    Look at him; he's a natural. Likely to be the next Ryder Cup captain for the United States, Love will get his share of handling politics just as Pavin did this year, and Paul Azinger before that.

    Heck, maybe all Ryder Cup captains should go into politics. Such a perfect fit.

4. Fred Couples

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    You need popularity to run for office, which makes Couples a natural consideration.

    Bit of shady background, which would make him a natural for public office.

    Boom Boom for governor. As a resident of the great state of Washington, I say we could use him.

3. Phil Mickelson

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    The man with the big smile. And look, he's got the thumb's up gesture down.

    He even 'Thumbs up" left-handed.

2. Tom Lehman

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    Does any golfer look more like a born leader than this man?

    I'd vote for him on appearance alone. Tom would be following in the tradition of great leaders from the state of Minnesota.

    Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Jesse the Body Ventura, Al Franken,  Tom Lehman...

1. Rocco Mediate

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    The most popular guy on tour with the players, Mediate would excel in politics. Problem is, he's also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, and nice guys don't always make the best politicians (remember Jimmy Carter anyone?)

    Mediate in 2020. Let's make it happen!

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