Ben Crane and the 15 Most Hilarious Golfers of All Time
Golf is not a sport known for its humor.
It is better known for strange clothes—and even stranger rules.
I bet you will never hear someone say how funny it is to watch PGA Tour players.
Well, they should.
If someone scratches the surface of the PGA Tour, they will realize the game has seen its share of hilarious players. Behind the hats, scowls and ropes, some of these guys just love to laugh!
Here is the top 15 funniest golfers of all time.
Ben Crane has always been known as one of the PGA Tour's nicest guys, albeit a slow one. Until recently, however, it was not known that he was also very, very funny.
It started with his pre-round routine and workout videos on YouTube. Since then, Crane has become the talk of the tour. This time not for his slow play, but for his quick wit.
Lee Trevino, the "Merry-Mex" of golf, made a name for himself with his good golf and his infectious personality.
He was the life of the party on the course, always interacting with galleries to help stay calm.
Some of the greatest Trevino quips include:
"I'm not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes they would have come up sliced."
"If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."
Paul Goydos made a name for himself as one of golf's funny men during the 2008 Players Championship. During that tournament, Goydos gave plenty of interviews making fun of himself to ease the tension.
It was at the Players that Bob Costas sat down for an interview with Goydos. The interview went like this:
Costas: "Ever had a 54-hole lead before?"
Goydos: "No, but I've only been on Tour for 16 years."
Costas: "How'd you sleep last night?"
Goydos: "On my back."
Genuinely funny answers. America fell in love with Goydos in just those few seconds.
Stuart Appleby probably does not seem that funny to those casual golf viewers. To the ardent fan, however, Appleby is a pretty funny guy.
For example, when once asked what he needed to win a tournament, Appleby answered simply, "Tiger Woods."
Fuzzy Zoeller may be remembered more for one poor quote than hundreds of hilarious lines. We all know what he said about Tiger Woods at the Masters a few years ago. I still believe Zoeller was attempting to be funny, and his quote was taken out of context.
Either way, Fuzzy has been unable to get back to the good side of many golf fans. That is unfortunate because Fuzzy is an entertaining golfer to watch and an even funnier golfer to hear talk.
Once when asked about draining a shot from the fairway, Fuzzy responded by saying, "It just happened that the hole got in the way. I was trying to make 4 and I made 3."
I do not even know where to begin with Boo Weekley. He has wrestled orangutans, and if you have done that, you have probably done it all.
When Weekley was at the 2009 PGA Championship, he was by far the funniest golfer I encountered all week.
And although he took some flack for doing so, he was a highlight of the 2008 Ryder Cup when he rode his driver like a horse off the first tee.
On a fashion note, his look of dark pants and shoes with white socks, is a look only Boo can pull off!
Chi Chi Rodriguez
Chi Chi Rodriguez brought some much-needed life to the game of golf.
Although it was before my time, his sword dance is one of the funniest/best celebratory acts the game has seen.
Chi Chi's humor was not only found in his actions though. His words could be pretty funny as well.
Like the time someone asked him how to find a player they could beat in a match. "Look for the guy with the new grip on his ball retriever or head covers on his irons," Chi Chi responded in his normal hilarious way.
I have no idea if David Feherty was hilarious as a professional golfer. I do know that he is hilarious as a golf announcer, and that is good enough for me.
Some of my favorite Feherty quotes include:
""He looks like a man trying to kill a snake in a phone booth," when referring to Jim Furyk's swing.
"Never has my flabber been so completely gasted," when talking about Tiger Woods' greatest shots.
Phil Mickelson may not seem like he is a hilarious guy. He is well liked, but his interviews do not always provide the funniest quotes.
That is because Phil prefers to use humor in practical jokes.
Don't believe me?
Just Google "Phil Mickelson Practical Joke" and watch his Callaway commercial where he tells us about the best joke he has ever pulled on caddy Bones.
Once again, Peter Jacobsen is a player who made a name before my time. Even so, I have always known Jacobsen to be a funny guy, mainly due to his book Embedded Balls. If you have not read it, I highly recommend you do so.
Also, if you are a fan of music, check out Jacobsen's band, Jake Trout and the Flounders. Many of their songs are golf related, and all of them are funny!
The Golf Boys
Golf's original "boy band," the Golf Boys created one of the funniest music videos of all time. The video to their debut single, "Oh Oh Oh," brought some much-needed hilarity to the 2011 season.
The band is comprised of Ben Crane (who finds himself on this list twice), Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler.
If their first song is a sign of things to come, I cannot wait for their next single!
Payne Stewart is a man who left us all too soon.
One of golf's greatest character's, Stewart was also one of golf's greatest practical jokers.
David Feherty tells a story of the time Stewart swapped keys with Feherty without him noticing. Taking the key was not enough for Stewart. He had somehow managed to find a groundhog and let it loose in Feherty's room. The best part was, Stewart had placed a pair of Feherty's underpants on the animal!
This one may shock many of you.
Tiger Woods is not known for his ability to laugh at himself and have fun on the course. The truth of the matter is that Tiger is just like any other guy. He loves to joke around and have a good time.
Most famously, there was the time when he passed gas right near David Feherty while he was on air. If that isn't hilarious, I am not sure what is!
Maybe not an intentionally funny player, Tom Watson usually provides witty quotes that are very funny.
One of his best lines was in response to hearing Jack Nicklaus had gone on a cabbage soup diet to avoid weight gain.
All Watson had to say about the matter was, "I wouldn't want to be playing behind him." It's simple. It's funny. It's Tom Watson.
I know, I know, Bubba Watson is in the Golf Boys. But he is just too funny not to make this list on his own.
Once Watson realized he was not a good golfer, angry, he became a more laid-back player. In the process, he became funny.
If you haven't seen the videos he has posted on Twitter, you need to. His video wearing a hot dog suit while dancing in a pool nearly deserves its own slide!