2013 Top Five Lists!

Here we go with my top five’s for 2013.  What are yours?

Top Five Players of All Time:

  1. Jack Nicklaus
  2. Tiger Woods
  3. Byron Nelson
  4. Ben Hogan
  5. Sam Snead

Top Five Tournaments to watch:

  1. The Ryder Cup
  2. The Masters
  3. The U.S. Open
  4. THE PLAYERS Championship
  5. The Open Championship

Five most popular players of all time:

  1. Arnold Palmer
  2. Tiger Woods
  3. Jack Nicklaus
  4. Fred Couples
  5. Phil Mickelson

Five least popular players of all time:

  1. Colin Montgomerie
  2. Tiger Woods
  3. Vijay Singh
  4. Tom Weiskopf
  5. Scott Hoch

Five greatest golf courses in the world:

  1. Augusta National
  2. Old Course St. Andrews
  3. Pebble Beach
  4. Oakmont
  5. Pine Valley

Top five legendary tempers:

  1. Tommy Bolt
  2. Tom Weiskopf
  3. Steve Pate
  4. Pat Perez
  5. Woody Austin

Five purest swings to watch:

  1. Ben Hogan
  2. Ernie Els
  3. Fred Couples
  4. Rory McIlroy
  5. Sam Snead

Five ugliest swings to watch (but not emulate):

  1. Jim Thorpe
  2. Jim Furyk
  3. Moe Norman
  4. Calvin Peete
  5. John Daly

Honorable mention:  Charles Barkley

There you have them.  What have I missed if anything?  Please weigh in!

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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8 Responses to 2013 Top Five Lists!

  1. aaronrbruce says:

    I like how you have Tiger as both most and least popular player. So true.

  2. Brian Penn says:

    Aaron, for all the fans that pull for Tiger, there’s still a large segment that don’t want him to break Jack’s record and have not forgiven him for his scandalous behavior. Don’t think that will ever change. Thanks!

  3. Great lists but I disagree on the top 5 of all time. I like Tiger no 1 Jack no 2 Ben no 3 and then Bobby Jones 4 and Snead 5 with Walter Hagen 6 and then Nelson 7th. Jones on his U S Open record alone. His last 9 Opens 4 1st 4 2onds and a tie for 13th. The man dominated golf for 8 seasons while practicing law. Hagen won 11 majors including 4 PGA’s in a row under match play. That is why I rate Tiger ahead of Jack 3 U S amateur’s in row. Match play is a brutal form of play and to win that many in a row is unbelievable. I know Nelson had the greatest season of any golfer and his 11 in a row will never be broken but he had only 5 majors. My feeling is you can make a great argument for Jones, Nicklaus, Hogan and Tiger for being the best. If Snead had won an Open I think he could have been at the top. Always good discussion fun when you rank anything.

  4. Here are some ugly swings of the past Miller Barber, Doug Sanders, Chi Chi Rodriguiz and Gay Brewer. Two today Paul Goydos and Rickie Barnes

  5. Brian Penn says:

    Great argument for Jones, I definitely didn’t consider because of the short career duration. I think this debate will go on for a long time! Thanks!

  6. Would probably swap St Andrews for Augusta, but I am English.

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