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Albert Hacker
Apr 6, 2010, 10:19 AM
How about your list of classiest PGA players? Although my list might look like a popularity contest...

Mine:
#1. Arnold Palmer. Unbelievably unselfish. I watched a show on TGC about a week ago, and all throughout Arnies career, he always had time for the fans. The man would sign autographs as long as there were people there. There were other tour players on that show that commented on it and basically none of them said they could give that much time to the fans.
Great family man, utterly unselfish, great champion on and off the field.
For that reason, he's number one in my books.

#2. Jack Nicklaus. You all know the story about Jack personally writing a reply to a young Mike Weir right? Very cool. Plus everything about Jack's devotion to his family, etc... Jack never says the wrong thing.

Mike Weir
Tom Watson
Ben Crenshaw. Hard to separate Kite & Crenshaw...
Tom Kite
Bobby Jones
Ernie Els
Gary Player
Padraig Harrington

My list from Weir to Harrington is in no particular order. Just all players I respect the hell out of.

The reality is that most of the players today are all pretty much 'on par'. Some of the younger guys are brash, like AK, but even those kids are still respectful of the fans and the game, for the most part.

Of course we don't really know how much time they have for fans, but at least on the course and in interviews they conduct themselves appropriately IMHO.

Pingnut
Apr 6, 2010, 10:57 AM
Keep it classy San Diego..

Ernie Els seems like a good apple..

But all I care about is if they go for the green in 2 with the tournament on the line. :)

hamiltonhacker
Apr 6, 2010, 01:33 PM
Rory Sabbatini, had a chance to talk to him at the Hong Kong Open. Pleasant and approachable.

jayda
Apr 6, 2010, 02:00 PM
Fred Couples - all the women like him :D

dkedad
Apr 6, 2010, 02:11 PM
Mine:
#1. Arnold Palmer. Unbelievably unselfish. I watched a show on TGC about a week ago

I don't disagree with you but you i hope you realize that Arnie is one of the founding partners of The Golf Channel
Sort of like not hearing any "bashing" of Rogers on CITY-TV

Weirfan
Apr 6, 2010, 02:36 PM
people's definition of "classy" might differ and there may be many candidates

Weir
Els
Choi
Stricker
Toms
Lehman
Mediate
Glover


I could go on but these few would be my first choices

Cards
Apr 6, 2010, 03:16 PM
Phil the Thrill

Bellyhungry
Apr 6, 2010, 04:42 PM
I actually have to look this up so that I have the proper context...

According to online Webster Dictionary:

1. having elegence or taste or refinement in manners or dress
2. exhibiting element of refinement or high character

Of the current touring pro, the only one that crosses my mind is Anna Rawson.

I would say many European pros display some characteristics of being classy as well.

hogannut
Apr 6, 2010, 05:13 PM
I like you list Albert Hacker, and agree with all your picks. Also agree that Phil should be on the list too. Annika Sorrenstam, Nancy Lopez are also worthy candidates.

golf nut
Apr 6, 2010, 05:34 PM
I guess Mr Hacker isn't old enough to understand what Arnies Army really meant.

Albert Hacker
Apr 6, 2010, 07:22 PM
^ Laughed at that... nope, I guess I am too young to have watched golf then. Only been watching about 20 years actually. :)

tradernick
Apr 6, 2010, 08:11 PM
Nick Price needs to be mentioned here. One of the classiest guys to ever play the game.

bobby Jones
Apr 6, 2010, 08:17 PM
While Arnie is great, if you do a little digging around, you will find he had a bit of a reputation as a lady's man, happiest when he had a scotch in one hand and a girl in the other while on the circuit. Remember these were the pre internet and TMZ days....

I think a lot went on "back in the day" but the coverage was not so pervasive

bobby

The Troll
Apr 6, 2010, 08:35 PM
#2. Jack Nicklaus. You all know the story about Jack personally writing a reply to a young Mike Weir right? Very cool. Plus everything about Jack's devotion to his family, etc... Jack never says the wrong thing.



The best thing I have ever heard said about a pro golfer by his peers was said about Nicklaus...."he was equally gracious in victory or defeat".

The modern golfer needs to learn this wonderful trait.

dannyl
Apr 6, 2010, 11:52 PM
arnold palmer
jack nicklaus
payne stewart
sam snead
ben hogan
chi chi rodriquez
lee trevino
fred couples
ernie els
retier goosen
mike weir
tom watson
rocco mediate
billy mayfair
mark omeara

mpare
Apr 7, 2010, 05:32 AM
Many of the names that I would have included have already been mentioned. Here are a few notables that shouldn't be forgotten:

Al Geiberger - A real gentleman.
George Knudson - I can still see him in his sunglasses and Perry Como sweaters.
Tony Lema - They didn't call him "Champagne Tony" for nothing.
Padraig Harrington - Good shot, bad shot, his positive demeanor never changes.
Lorie Kane - Wonderful golfer. Wonderful person.

Bentley01
Apr 7, 2010, 08:07 AM
Nick Price - one of the classiest individuals I've ever met on a golf course:p. Definitely not to be confused with the other Nick (polar opposite).

Used to hold Jack Nicklaus up as my hero... until he went after Casey Martin. He was remarkably hypocritical when he said Martin shouldn't be allowed to ride a cart (unfair advantage) but it was okay for him to do so when he returned to golf (healthy) after his hip surgery. [even though seniors CAN take carts, few do (except Nicklaus:confused:)].

Don't even think of putting Mickelson on this list - complete, egotistical SOB. I know guys that wouldn't play a corporate event with him, even if it was FREE. They'd rather take a swing AT him:mad: than play WITH him!

Mike Weir is pure class all the way.

Bentley01
Apr 7, 2010, 08:09 AM
How could you forget Knudson's cigarettes!?

Many of the names that I would have included have already been mentioned. Here are a few notables that shouldn't be forgotten:

Al Geiberger - A real gentleman.
George Knudson - I can still see him in his sunglasses and Perry Como sweaters.
Tony Lema - They didn't call him "Champagne Tony" for nothing.
Padraig Harrington - Good shot, bad shot, his positive demeanor never changes.
Lorie Kane - Wonderful golfer. Wonderful person.

mpare
Apr 7, 2010, 01:12 PM
I didn'tj, nor they forget him unfortunately.

How could you forget Knudson's cigarettes!?

hogannut
Apr 10, 2010, 05:20 PM
While Arnie is great, if you do a little digging around, you will find he had a bit of a reputation as a lady's man, happiest when he had a scotch in one hand and a girl in the other while on the circuit. Remember these were the pre internet and TMZ days....

I think a lot went on "back in the day" but the coverage was not so pervasive

bobby

Funny because when Arnold met Winnie, he asked her to marry him within days or weeks, love at first sight is how Arnold described his wife. Palmer has been very vocal about his love for Winnie, and I have never heard of ANY off course antics from him, and there were reporters in those days too. As well......at the beginning of Palmer's career Winne travelled with him, so I guess Palmer drank and chased women sometime when Winnie wasn't around....which was hardly ever.

I think that many want to believe that lots of fooling around went on back then, and maybe it did with the single guys, but overall marriage was still considered a life long commitment by most people in those days, and adultrey was far more taboo then.

Sorry......just can't see Arnold Palmer with strippers and porn stars, telling them about his interest in DP and golden showers and that his marriage is a sham for his sponsors. Call me crazy, but that's what I think!:eek::hush::help:

kingplayer
Apr 10, 2010, 08:41 PM
Funny because when Arnold met Winnie, he asked her to marry him within days or weeks, love at first sight is how Arnold described his wife. Palmer has been very vocal about his love for Winnie, and I have never heard of ANY off course antics from him, and there were reporters in those days too. As well......at the beginning of Palmer's career Winne travelled with him, so I guess Palmer drank and chased women sometime when Winnie wasn't around....which was hardly ever.

I think that many want to believe that lots of fooling around went on back then, and maybe it did with the single guys, but overall marriage was still considered a life long commitment by most people in those days, and adultrey was far more taboo then.

Sorry......just can't see Arnold Palmer with strippers and porn stars, telling them about his interest in DP and golden showers and that his marriage is a sham for his sponsors. Call me crazy, but that's what I think!:eek::hush::help:

I'm not sure if Arnold was with strippers or porn stars(not sure how big either industry was in the 50s and 60s) but I have heard this from many people who were around the tour at this time: When Winnie was not with Arnold he had a red head "join" him for "companionship". But Arnold was (and is) the KING and nothing was said.

I don't think we know the half of what goes on. If we all knew the truth of the private lives of celebrities and what not I think we would all be shocked!

I think everyone has skeltons hanging in their closets and we all have probably done things we are not proud of and would change if we could. I do not condone Tigers behaviour and think he will have a dark cloud over his head for the rest of his life. But this will not stop me from watching him compete and creating history on the golf course.

hogannut
Apr 10, 2010, 09:05 PM
I have just learned from another thread that in fact Arnold Palmer was a ladies man. Maybe that is why he was so supportive of Tiger during the scandal.

Just like who really killed JFK, I guess we will never truly know the real truth. If Palmer did do that then he is definetly the Tiger of the 60's & 70's as he made more $ from endorsements than he did from golf tournaments.

I too will continue to watch golf tournaments that Woods plays in, it is just to bad about everything else.

Bellyhungry
Apr 10, 2010, 09:15 PM
Apparently Masters TV rating went up 47% over last year on Thursday; 80% over 2008.

It also set the record for most-watched golf on cable in the US, beating previous record of Woods-Mediate US Open Monday playoff.

kingplayer
Apr 10, 2010, 09:19 PM
Just watching the Golf Channel and the wrap up report on The Masters. They showed Tiger hitting balls on the range, then putting, then signing autographs for a bunch of kids. Good for him......

hogannut
Apr 10, 2010, 09:25 PM
I have just learned from another thread that in fact Arnold Palmer was a ladies man. Maybe that is why he was so supportive of Tiger during the scandal.

Just like who really killed JFK, I guess we will never truly know the real truth. If Palmer did do that then he is definetly the Tiger of the 60's & 70's as he made more $ from endorsements than he did from golf tournaments.

I too will continue to watch golf tournaments that Woods plays in, it is just to bad about everything else.http://sarasotawaters.blogspot.com/2009/12/sarasota-spinsters-accuse-golf-legend.html


Guess I stand corrected.....


http://sarasotawaters.blogspot.com/2009/12/sarasota-spinsters-accuse-golf-legend.html

landlord
Apr 10, 2010, 09:37 PM
I don't doubt Arnie had his moments on the road, but that article sounds like it should be in The Onion.

Chambokl
Apr 10, 2010, 09:51 PM
I loved Gino Odjick (hockey player) answers when ask what he thought about Tiger's transgression... "We are all happy there was no cameras in our days"...

hogannut
Apr 10, 2010, 10:03 PM
It was weird seeing the picture of the girls at the end of the article. Something just "not right" when they are old and we are supposed to be thinking they are having sex. Sorry.....but they are like my grandmother, but everyone was young once!

landlord
Apr 11, 2010, 06:19 AM
Let me rephrase: the article is obviously made up. Read some of the quotes again and try to picture a woman of any age talking like that. It sounds like a man trying to sound like a woman, then exaggerated.

If nothing else, one of the, uh, girls quoted is 18 years older than Arnie. Dunno 'bout you, but if I'm going to cheat on my wife it's not with someone old enough to be my mother. :cool:

Bellyhungry
Apr 11, 2010, 06:22 AM
What's with those sunglasses TW is sporting? Doesn't he have a stylist? They are ugggggly.

golfnguru
Apr 11, 2010, 06:29 AM
Let me rephrase: the article is obviously made up. Read some of the quotes again and try to picture a woman of any age talking like that. It sounds like a man trying to sound like a woman, then exaggerated.

If nothing else, one of the, uh, girls quoted is 18 years older than Arnie. Dunno 'bout you, but if I'm going to cheat on my wife it's not with someone old enough to be my mother. :cool:

From the heading on the web page:

"Unconfirmed reports on unfounded rumors from unsubstantiated sources concocting preposterous innuendo "