Most Overrated Players
By Farrell Evans and Rick Lipsey
It takes a lot of work to be overrated. You need to be so good early in your career that people think you'll be great, but then you need to somehow not live up to expectations. (We have no problem admitting that we are two of the most overrated golf writers in history. Indeed, we're honored to even be able to say we have a job description somewhat similar to greats like Gorjus George Lucas and Herbert Warren Wind.)
Without further ado, here are the most overrated Tour players of the last quarter century.
Colin MontgomerieHe's the most prolific British winner in European Tour history with 31 titles and a record eight money titles (including seven straight, 1993-99). But how great can you really be if you're 0-for-your-career on the PGA Tour?
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Chris DiMarcoOk, he drained a 13-footer to clinch the Presidents Cup for the U.S. in 2005, and he played on a couple of Ryder cup teams (2-4-2 record). But Mr. D is winless in the last five years. And he has just three victories and no majors in his 14-year career. Definitely more sizzle than substance.
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Davis Love III
Nineteen Tour wins and enough money to buy Qatar will get DLIII into the Hall of Fame, but here's all you need to know to understand how much (or little) he has gotten out of his mind-jarringly prodigious talent: John Daly has won twice as many majors (two) as Love.
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Tom LehmanA Greg Norman protege in the How To Get Famous for Losing category. Golf's Greatest Husband and Daddy has won five titles, including a British Open, but his career highlight reel starts with a slew of infamous lowlights from his trio of U.S. Open crashes (see, for example, 1997, Congressional, snap-hook into the drink at 17). His beloved persona could make this one-major man a Hall of Famer.
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Charles HowellTiger's junior golf buddy and rival from Augusta, Ga., has the talent, most observers believe, to win multiple majors. But the 28-year-old doesn't even have multiple top 10s in majors. Give him credit, though: he does have multiple Tour wins (2) and multiple dollar winnings (almost $16 million).
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Stewart CinkBeing the highest-ranked player on the Tour's career money list who has not won a major earns an automatic exemption onto this list. Cink is ninth with $23,361,405. The poor young man (well, poor in the figurative sense) must have recurring nightmares about that double-bogey on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills that cost him the 2001 U.S. Open.
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