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#1 jonsnow

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:27 AM

Who is or was your most entertaining player to watch? Not necessarily the best but the player you couldn't take your eyes off when in contention? For me, it was Seve, hands down. You never knew what he was going to do next. That huge, flowing swing, the incredible creativity, the frequent wild shots & just as frequent head-shaking recoveries. And I wasn't even a huge fan of his, if that makes sense; he could come across as *****ly & easily offended, plus I got really tired of his feud with Deane Beman over the number of events he was required to play to retain full playing privileges in the U.S. But my goodness, watching him play was like watching a magician ply his trade.

My wife was such a huge fan of Seve that she left the Masters playoff in 1987 after Seve three-putted #10 to be eliminated. She walked back up the hill outside the ropes while Seve & his caddie made their way back up the fairway just to watch him. All she missed was one of the most famous shots in Masters' history.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:33 AM

There's a lot of names so I'm struggling to come up with an answer.  

Rory, because his tee shots are world class.

Rickie, for his short game

Day, for his short game

YJS, because he has that "it" factor

Phil, because I don't get how someone that bad off the tee has won so much

Tiger, I like how he plays shots
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:46 AM

The tracer ‘thing’ is helpful, for sure, but it’s hard to make a fair assessment when you can’t see the ball flight. Looking at someone’s swing, without seeing the resultant ball flight, is a bit frustrating. On those occasions when you do see the actual ball, and not just the tracer, there is more of a sense of minor magic to it (minor when compared to curing cancer, or creating a wine bottle that automatically refills upon emptying it).

So, all that said, Seve’s number one, for me. Bubba, Phil, Trevino, Chi Chi, even Tiger working the ball, are all enjoyable for me to watch.

Aside from ball flight, there are swings I enjoy watching from a ‘dance move’ perspective, as well as a method to study, but my fascination with any particular swings tends to be fleeting.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:49 AM

Rory.  Before that it was Tom Watson.
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 10:53 AM

Of all time?  I started watching in about 1990:

Fred Couples
Corey Pavin
Greg Norman
Nick Price
Nick Faldo
John Daly
Tiger
Vijay Singh
Spieth
Justin Thomas

I didn’t like Norman but it was great to watch him hit incredible drives down the pipe and then a towering long iron deep into the gallery late in Sunday.  I wasn’t a Tiger fan either but man he was clutch like no one else.  Nick Faldo was stout, Corey Pavin had about 78 different swings he could use at all times.


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:09 AM

View Postgolfandfishing, on 23 May 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:

Of all time?  I started watching in about 1990:

Fred Couples
Corey Pavin
Greg Norman
Nick Price
Nick Faldo
John Daly
Tiger
Vijay Singh
Spieth
Justin Thomas

I didn't like Norman but it was great to watch him hit incredible drives down the pipe and then a towering long iron deep into the gallery late in Sunday.  I wasn't a Tiger fan either but man he was clutch like no one else.  Nick Faldo was stout, Corey Pavin had about 78 different swings he could use at all times.

I should have clarified. I would say let's limit it to players of your generation, those who you could have seen play either in person or at least live on TV. Unfortunately that's going to leave out a lot of entertaining players from many years ago who none of us have been around long enough to have seen live, but this is not an official ranking, just for fun. So let's keep it to players in our general age group, whatever that may be for the responder.

For instance, if I had gotten into golf a few years earlier, I'd probably have Arnold Palmer right up there with Seve. But I started paying attention in 1973 & I believe his last PGA win was that year at the Bob Hope, so I didn't really see him live at his peak.
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:19 AM

I imagine the King was a blast to follow

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 11:57 AM

Norman...had star quality, great golf, and drama.   Unfortunately I can't think about him now without his shirt off!

Tiger...doh!

Bubba...for shotmaking, verbal outbursts.  No one plays golf like him.

Brad Bryant and Steve Pate...potential meltdowns :)

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 12:17 PM

Spieth gets my vote, watching him battle on Sunday at the Masters was awesome.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 12:32 PM

my era is 1977 to now

1. Tom Watson: got it up and down from anywhere, the best player in the world in my day and outdueled the GOAT on multiple occasions
2. Seve Ballesteros: pure magic, a creative genius that made the game a joy to watch
3. Phil Mickelson: possibly even a more high wire act without a net than the first two
4. Jordan Spieth: the new kid on the block who seems to be very much in the mold of the three above him
5. Tiger Woods: he is an all time great, but it was a bit like rooting for Google or Amazon...until now
6. Jack Nicklaus: the ancient enemy I've learned to respect over the years, he was quite entertaining as the foil and the wins as his career entered the twilight
7. Ben Crenshaw: the putting, the exasperation and the interest in golf history and architecture
8. Lee Trevino: could hit any shot and was funny as well
9. Arnold Palmer: this low only because I saw him on the Senior Tour
10. Chi Chi Rodriguez: another I saw mostly on the Senior Tour, the funniest golf pro

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 04:19 PM

I’d go with Bubba or Mickelson you just know sometime each round they will try a shot no one else will and usually pull it off.
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 04:35 PM

Still love me some John Daly. Guys gotta be one of the most naturally gifted players ever
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:01 PM

Currently I have to go with Spieth.  I both love and hate his demeanor on the course - hate it cuz every bad shot is a bad break, but love it cuz it shows how into it he is.  Dude is young, mad skillz, is genuine on the course (like the rest of us mortals) and so good for the game.

Also like me some Rickie... Seems to understand that he's fortunate to be playing a game for a very lucrative living, for which some have disparaged him, but I respect.

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:01 PM

Phil and it's not even close for me. He hits it all over the place off the tee and still makes a ton of pars and birdies, not to mention what he can do with a wedge in his hands.
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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:23 PM

YJS?

Young Jordan Speith?

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 06:24 PM

Phil and Bubba ...........watched Bubba at the Dell Matchplay this year........it's hard to describe what he can do with a golf ball.

Phil is simply the greatest escape artist of his generation........maybe ever

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 04:41 AM

Jordan Spieth has a pull especially if he's after something like the Open and the Masters
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:13 AM

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:15 AM

I vote for Payne Stewart - his swing was tall and long.


Rory is entertaining, like those muppets.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 05:21 AM

Seve and that is all.

He is why I picked up a golf club.   When Seve played, he kept you on the edge of your seat.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:30 AM

View Postbscinstnct, on 23 May 2018 - 11:19 AM, said:

I imagine the King was a blast to follow

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Yeah that would have been a sight to see!  Just seeing the evolution of competitors over the years have been amazing!

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:38 AM

Seve, Bubba, Phil, and Stenson.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:40 AM

Phil , tiger , Spieth , stenson , Reed in that order.   Phil can glue me to a tv if he’s playing good or bad.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 08:50 AM

Bubba...he never hits a straight shot and always cool to see how he shapes each shot.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 08:54 AM

Kenny Perry.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:06 AM

Woody the Aqua Man!

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:15 AM

I started watching in the mid-1990's as that is when I took up the game.  That being said, Ernie was (and still is) my guy - unbelievable power behind the most fluid action you'll ever find.

Current players, watching DJ go at it is also pretty remarkable, and not just with the driver either.
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Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:19 AM

View Postbscinstnct, on 23 May 2018 - 11:19 AM, said:

I imagine the King was a blast to follow

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I had the pleasure of following Arnold Palmer in his prime.  It was 1965, and he was playing an exhibition called, The National Challenge Match at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, MD.  I was 14-years old, and the King was absolutely mesmerizing!  53-years later, and I remember it as if it was yesterday.

He was paired with reigning U.S. Am champ, Dale Morey, and he put on quite a show for the gallery.

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 09:23 AM

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 10:02 AM

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View Postbscinstnct, on 23 May 2018 - 11:19 AM, said:

I imagine the King was a blast to follow

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I had the pleasure of following Arnold Palmer in his prime.  It was 1965, and he was playing an exhibition called, The National Challenge Match at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, MD.  I was 14-years old, and the King was absolutely mesmerizing!  53-years later, and I remember it as if it was yesterday.

He was paired with reigning U.S. Am champ, Dale Morey, and he put on quite a show for the gallery.

Wow, that's a name I remember well & haven't heard in a while! Dale Morey played at a high amateur level for a long, long time.

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