The 18 Coolest Golfers of All Time

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Arnold Palmer: "The cameras capture the essence of a person," said legendary TV producer Frank Chirkinian. "They either love you or hate you. And they loved Arnold." And Arnold loved being loved, loved being inside the ropes, loved having everyone's eyes on him as he flicked away his cigarette, hitched his pants, and pulled his club. They called him "the King," and the battalion of fans that followed him was "Arnie's Army." Nothing cooler than having your own army.
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Fred Couples: Freddie Couples simply is cool. His free-flowing swing and good looks have made him a fan favorite for decades, and even though he's graduated to the Champions Tour, he hasn't lost the cool factor. At the close of his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2013, he fought through tears, raised his hands and said, "This is the coolest night of my life." How cool.
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Miguel Angel Jimenez: If you're trying to decide what it is that makes Miguel Angel Jimenez cool, options abound. His stretching techniques defy the limits of the averaged 49-year-old. "I must have olive oil in my joints," he jokes. The only thing better than his curly ponytail that pokes out of his hat while on the course is when he literally lets his hair down. off the course. After he was leading the 2013 British Open, he was asked what time he was going to go to bed. "Why, because I have the lead, now I must go to bed at 10? No, this is bulls---" was the response. That same week, he was spotted on the range with a cigar and a bottle of wine instead of his Trackman and entourage. As Keegan Bradley tweeted that same day, maybe Miguel is the coolest man alive.
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Adam Scott: Few people looked as good as Adam Scott did when he donned the green jacket in April, and the mix of charm, style and female-laden galleries, makes him the envy of, well, everyone.
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Seve Ballesteros: If Ian Fleming had written in Spanish, he could have modeled James Bond on Ballesteros. Seve, a five-time major champion, was bold, dashing, reckless and unabashedly ruthless. "He goes after a golf course like a lion at a zebra," wrote Jim Murray. ("If you ever feel sorry for somebody on a golf course, you better go home," Ballesteros explained. "If you don't kill them, they'll kill you.") But like Bond, Seve had more than a license to kill; he also had an abundance of roguish charm and sex appeal.
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Tiger Woods: For the better part of two decades, Tiger Woods has easily been the main draw in golf. From prize money to casual interest, Tiger took golf to new heights during the peak of his reign in the early 2000s.
Lee Trevino: "Super Mex," Trevino will tell you, was just a character he created while winning six majors between 1968 and 1984. "I'm actually a very quiet person off the golf course. I very seldom open my mouth." He'd have a hard time convincing his many fans, who lapped up his folksy aphorisms ("Pressure is playing for $10 when you don't have a dime in your pocket") and lightning-avoidance tips ("Hold up a 1-iron; not even God can hit a 1-iron"). Says Fuzzy Zoeller, "Lee's got more lines than the Illinois Railroad."
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Jason Dufner: The Duf is the epitome of the "everyman." With his favorite meal consisting of cheese sticks, buffalo wings and three Cokes, the Duf is could be your local club champion as easily as he is your PGA Champion. He's rabid about his alma mater, the Auburn Tigers, and even with his stoic demeanor on the course, he's one of the biggest practical jokers on Tour. He's even got a street named after him in Auburn, Alabama (Jason Dufner Drive.) And we haven't even gotten to 'Dufnering' yet!
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Walter Hagen: The Haig was golf's great barnstormer, a self-styled bon vivant who showed up for exhibitions in a dinner jacket with an overnight blonde on one arm and a clingy brunette on the other. (All for effect, he would later claim.) "Golf has never had a showman like him," said Gene Sarazen, his friend and rival. Nor has golf had a freer spender than Hagen, who traveled first class and frequented the finest hotels and eateries. "I never wanted to be a millionaire," he explained in his autobiography. "I just wanted to live like one."
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Sam Snead: No golfer between Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods was as iconic as Snead. With his coconut-straw hat and long, syrupy swing, he was the one golfer that even casual fans could identify at a distance or in silhouette. With the help of agent/promoter Fred Corcoran, Snead polished his backwoods persona into a caricature that appealed to fans and marketers alike. "It's called color," wrote Rex Lardner, "and Slammin' Sam Snead has enough color to outfit a couple of rainbow factories."
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Bubba Watson: He bought the "Dukes of Hazard" car at an auction. He has a hovercraft golf cart. And, he hit one of the most amazing shots in Masters history while rocking a white-on-white outfit. That's cool.
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Chi Chi Rodriguez: You should have seen how little I was as a kid," Rodriguez used to say. "I was so small that I got my start as a ball marker." Fortunately, the little man from Puerto Rico had a flair for showmanship. Who else celebrated a made putt by throwing his hat over the hole? Who else performed a sword dance after a birdie, jamming his putter into an imaginary hilt? There was just one downside to Chi Chi's clowning: it obscured the fact that he was one of the game's most creative shotmakers.
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Graeme McDowell: If Graeme McDowell's argyle sweaters and Irish accent isn't cool enough for you, the guy owns his own bar.
Fuzzy Zoeller: He's the prototypical carefree golfer, so it's hard to believe Zoeller when he says, "There are days when I can hear men tying their shoe laces in the gallery." Zoeller won the 1979 Masters and the 1984 U.S. Open, but he's best known for his casual demeanor and wisecracks. "Maybe Fuzzy plays golf the way everybody should," Dan Jenkins wrote. "Hit it, go find it, hit it again."
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Boo Weekley: The cool thing about Boo is that you will never know what will come out of his mouth. After playing in Scotland, Thomas (Boo) Weekley famously said, "Ain't got no fried chicken, ain't got no sweet tea."
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Jimmy Demaret: Demaret, left, wore peacock colors when the other pros wore charcoals and whites. He improvised monologues that made Bing Crosby, right, and Phil Harris howl. And if a dance-band leader spotted him in the crowd, he'd graciously take the stage to croon a couple of tunes. "Jimmy's personality was radiant," recalls Ben Crenshaw. "When he entered a room, everybody started having a better time." Demaret had game -- he was the first three-time winner of the Masters -- and he had the gift of gab. When told by a tournament director that he couldn't play unless he wore a number on his back, Demaret said, "For that kind of money I'll wear a skirt."
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Tony Lema: They called him "Champagne Tony" because he celebrated his victories with magnums of bubbly, and he didn't take offense if you called him a playboy. He was, in the words of Nick Seitz, "a man who went through life at raceway speed." Lema won the British Open and 11 other PGA events between 1962 and '66, and in that span only Arnold Palmer had a more devoted following among golf fans. Lema was only 32 when he died with his wife in a plane crash on July 24, 1966.
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Rickie Fowler: At any tournament he plays in, there will be "Little Rickies" following Rickie Fowler around the course, dressed from head to toe in the Oklahoma State grad's trademark orange outfit. In this year's Barclays tournament, fellow Tour pro Jonas Blixt joined in on the fun during their Sunday round and squeezed into one of Rickie's outfits. And before he played golf for a living, he used to race dirt bikes. The coolest thing about Rickie Fowler? It's his alter-ego: Dick Fowler, P.I.