We asked. They dished. We polled more than 70 PGA
Tour pros for their top-secret and anonymous No. 1s,
including the scariest hole, the sexiest female fans, and
the guy they’d like to see choke. Psst…listen to this…*
No. 1 Tour Swing:
Anthony Kim: 15%
Steve Elkington: 8%
Tiger Woods: 8%
Tiger Woods circa 2000: 8%
Also receiving votes: Charles Howell III, Ernie Els
No. 1 Player in Golf:
Tiger Woods: 52%
Phil Mickelson: 26%
Ernie Els: 6%
Jim Furyk: 5%
Steve Stricker: 5%
They said it: 'I’ll tell you who it is going to be: Anthony Kim.'
No. 1 Playing Partner:
Fred Couples: 12%
Chris Riley: 9%
Tiger Woods: 6%
Phil Mickelson: 5%
They said it: 'Fred is relaxed and likes to talk. It’s like
playing with your buddy at home. His swing is nice to watch, but the more
important thing is the camaraderie.'
No. 1 Playing Partner if You’re in a Hurry:
Chris Riley: 39%
Matt Every: 11%
Lucas Glover: 8%
Joe Ogilvie: 6%
Also receiving votes: Mark Calcavecchia, John Huston, Rory Sabbatini
No. 1 Player You’d Like to See Miss a 3-footer to Win a Major:
No One: 31%
Tiger Woods: 14%
Kevin Na: 9%
Sergio Garcia: 8%
Also receiving votes: Rory Sabbatini, Ian Poulter
They Said It: 'Nobody. That’s justbad karma.'
'Pretty much everybody would like to see [Tiger miss].'
'Poulter, many times over.'
No. 1 Player Most Likely to Choke Away a Lead:
(Tie) Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Tim Clark, 8%
(Tie) Phil Mickelson, Briny Baird: 6%
Charles Howell III: 5%
Also receiving votes: Bubba Watson, Davis Love III
They Said It: 'He should have won a lot more with his talent.'
—On Davis Love III
No. 1 Player of All-Time:
Tiger Woods: 51%
Jack Nicklaus: 29%
Ben Hogan: 6%
Byron Nelson: 6%
Bobby Jones: 5%
They Said It: 'It’s Jack until Tiger proves otherwise.'
No. 1 Choice for LPGA Playing Partner:
Natalie Gulbis: 15%
Juli Inkster: 12%
(Tie): Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Anna Rawson: 8% each
Also receiving votes: Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen, Christina Kim
They Said It:
'I’d play with whoever scores one shot worse than me.'
'Sure, [Paula Creamer] is good-looking, but she’s also fiery and a great competitor.'
No. 1 Hothead:
(Tie): Pat Perez, Woody Austin: 20%
Tiger Woods: 6%, Kevin Na: 5%
Also receiving votes: Jeff Overton, Geoff Ogilvy, Kevin Stadler
They Said It: 'Garrett Willis. He cussed out a little kid, a standard-bearer. It was way out of line.
Then he broke a tee marker [with his club] in front of an official. I was laughing.He tried to put it back together but there was nothing left of the thing.'
No. 1 Sexiest Tour Wife/Girlfriend:
Elin Nordegren (Tiger Woods): 14%
Kristy McLachlin (Parker): 7%
Richelle Baddeley (Aaron): 4%
Cortney Axley (Eric): 3%
No. 1 Most Intimidating Tee Shot:
TPC Sawgrass, par-3 17th: 26%
TPC Sawgrass, par-4 18th: 25%
TPC Scottsdale, par-3 16th: 12%
Quail Hollow, par-3 17th: 9%
Also receiving votes: Harbour Town (Verizon Heritage), par-3 14th; PGA National (Honda Classic), par-3 17th
They Said It: 'The 16th at Scottsdale on a rowdy Saturday.'
'The drive on the first hole at [the] Sony [Open] is intimidating. It’s a par-5 made into a par-4, the wind always blows 30 mph, and there’s O.B. left and right. And it’s your opening shot of the season.'
No. 1 Tour Stop For Hot Female Fans:
Phoenix (Waste Management): 38%
Dallas (Byron Nelson): 34%
Charlotte (Quail Hollow): 20%
Hilton Head (Verizon): 8%
They Said It: 'Phoenix, if you like ’em young. Charlotte, if you like 35-year-olds.'
No .1 Best Dressed on Tour
Ian Poulter: 23%
Camilo Villegas: 11%
Tiger Woods: 8%
(Tie): Bill Haas, Tommy Armour III, Rickie Fowler: 5%
They Said It: Poulter, 'It’s about having confidence to express yourself, daring to be different.
Once you’ve got that, it’s about knowing what suits you and how to put an outfit together.'
No .1 Worst Dresser
John Daly: 25%
Steve Elkington: 22%
Ian Poulter: 11%
Woody Austin: 8%
Brian Gay: 6%
No. 1 All-Time Ryder Cup Captain
Paul Azinger: 46.2%
Ben Crenshaw: 16.9%
Jack Nicklaus: 6.2%
Ian Woosnam: 4.6%
Bernhard Langer: 4.6%
They Said It: 'I loved the champagne coming out of the schnozzer.'
—On Ian Woosnam’s post-Cup revelry in 2006
Swing Tip You’ve Ever Received
Three-way tie for No. 1: 'Let your follow-through bring your head up'; 'Hit the inside of the ball'; 'Still looking for one'
Other replies: 'Less is more'; 'Keep your grip pressure constant'; 'Follow through to the finish'; 'Keep
your head down'; 'Swing naturally'; 'Keep your right foot on the ground through impact'; 'Swing hard in case
you hit it'; 'Slow then go'