10 Best Golfers Famous for Other Sports

John BurkeContributor IFebruary 3, 2012

10 Best Golfers Famous for Other Sports

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    Many people like to claim golfers aren't athletes. 

    Yet, when many "athletes" step away from their own games, they choose golf as the sport to play. Strange how many athletes like to play a sport that many say is played by overweight, middle-aged, white dudes. 

    This article, however, isn't meant to tackle the golfers and athletes dilemma. Instead, it is to countdown the top 10 athlete golfers who are famous for playing other sports. 

    And with the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am coming next week, there is no better time to go over the best of the best. 

    Here are the top 10 golfers famous for other sports!

10. Brett Favre

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    Handicap: 1

    Ah, Brett Favre. It actually surprised me to learn that Favre was a good golfer. After all, he wasn't known for accuracy on the football field. 

    But now that his playing days are behind him (maybe?), Favre has a lot of time to work on his short game. 

    I just hope is drives are more accurate than his throws, and his decisiveness over putts is better than it was about retiring. 

9. John Elway

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    Handicap: 0.9

    John Elway knew his way around a football field. And while his football playing days are over, his days of golf seem to have just began. 

    Sporting a handicap of under 1, Elway is a really good player. My only question is, do you think Tebow has helped his game at all?

8. Pete Sampras

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    Handicap: 0.5

    Having won 14 Grand Slam titles during his career, Pete Sampras is known as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. 

    Off the courts, however, Sampras found a way to excel on the greens too. This shouldn't surprise people though since Sampras was always good on grass surfaces.

7. Nate Roberts

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    Handicap: 0

    Nate Roberts is a world class skier who competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

    He also has dreams of playing on the PGA Tour one day. All I can say is if he can control his ball like he controls his flips, the man has a chance.

6. Brett Hull

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    Handicap: 0

    Brett Hull is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, and had one of the greatest shots the NHL has ever seen. 

    Off the ice, Hull is a fantastic golfer. He often competes in the American Century Championship, the annual celebrity golf tournament. 

    Rumor has it that he putts best on extremely fast greens, the ones that are almost like ice.

5. Liván Hernández

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    As a baseball player, Livan Hernandez is a player who never has quite been able to live up to expectations. He was promising early in his career, but since then has struggled with weight and been mediocre at best. 

    In all fairness, I am a Minnesota Twins fan. While in the cold white north, Hernandez did nothing for the team, which is the source of my dislike for the man. 

    The good news is Hernandez has surpassed all expectations on the golf course, shooting par with regularity. 

    At least his handicap is zero, because we all know his ERA will never be close. 

4. Jerry Rice

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    Handicap: +0.7 (at least)

    Jerry Rice is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. Unfortunately for Rice, he couldn't just be a great in one sport. 

    As a result, Rice tried to compete on the Nationwide Tour a while back and performed miserably. During his brief stint with the professionals, Rice struggled to break 80. 

    Even those types of scores are good at a tour caliber lay-out, proving Rice is definitely in the top-10 of best golfers famous for other sports.

3. Mike Schmidt

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    Handicap: +1.1

    One of the greatest third basemen of all time, and a member of the Hall of Fame, the former Philadelphia Phillie is a legend on the diamond. 

    Schmidt also had a great mustache during his playing days, which makes me think Johnson Wagner was a big fan. 

    Although Johnson Wagner would beat Schmidt in a quick match, Schmidt is no schmuck on the course either. 

2. Mark McGwire

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    Handicap: +2.2

    Mark McGwire is arguably one of the best baseball players of all time. I say arguably because we all know his history with steroid use. 

    But like it or not, he got a whole generation, myself included, interested in the game. 

    A baseball is not the only little white ball McGwire can knock around pretty well. As a plus 2.2 handicap in golf, he certainly knows how to navigate the course. 

    Hey, maybe steroids are good for golf...

1. Tony Romo

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    Handicap: +3.3

    Tony Romo is the only active professional athlete with a plus handicap.

    Maybe if he spent a little more time on the practice field and off of the links, his Cowboys would actually play more than 16 games a season. But that is neither here nor there. 

    The point is Romo is an excellent golfer. He has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open, and while he has never made it, he has performed well in the qualifiers. 

    Look for him next to Tiger Woods at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am next week!


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