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Brad Faxon reveals his top 10 putters of all time (with one staggering inclusion)

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Eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Brad Faxon has revealed his top 10 putters of all time in a post sure to provoke some strong opinions.

Faxon is widely considered to be one of the best putters to play the game and has turned his hand to helping pros on the greens in recent times – all of which make his list even more compelling.

The 59-year-old revealed his top 10 (and those who just missed out) on social media with the caption ‘Hope this doesn’t get me in trouble…’, with the most stunning inclusion being Rory McIlroy at number 10.

1.Tiger Woods – ‘Made every putt he had to’

2. Ben Crenshaw – ‘Looked the best doing it’

3. Seve Ballesteros – ‘Looked second best to Ben’

4. Tom Watson – ‘Who can forget ’82 at Pebble?’

5. Bobby Locke – ‘Loved to hook ’em in’

6. Jack Nicklaus – ‘Hope this doesn’t insult him’

7. Jose Maria Olazabal – ‘So intense and simple’

8. Billy Casper – ‘A lot like Locke’

9. Bobby Jones – ’13 majors!!’

10. Rory McIlroy – ‘Call me crazy’

Runners up: Langer, P. Thomson, Player, Donald Roberts, Hogan Kite, Day, Pavin, Stockton.

It’s worth noting that McIlroy and Faxon have a working relationship together, which likely aids the Ulsterman here. McIlroy has finished 97th or worse for Strokes Gained: Putting in 4 of the past 5 years.

Other notables missing from the list include Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, while Inbee Park would surely have received a mention had the list included LPGA stars.

What do you think of Faxon’s picks, WRXers? Let us know who you would include in the comments!

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  1. Glen

    May 6, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I’m as big of a Tom Watson fan as there ever was, but putting him above Jack is just silly. But even that isn’t as silly as putting Rory on this list. Where is Gary Player? Where is Walter Hagen? And Crenshaw may have “looked good” but he only has 19 tour wins (in what? 30 years or so) so he couldn’t have been that great at putting – plus, he was 0-8 in playoffs. Jack is #1, and if Faxon doesn’t recognize that, then the rest of his list is worthless.

    • Frank

      May 6, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      Crenshaw was the first golfer at Augusta in 1995 Masters to only 1-putt or 2-putt for all 72 holes. Speaking of Masters champions, I can’t believe Jackie Burke Jr. isn’t in the top 10 or mentioned by Faxon at all, he went 90 consecutive holes at Augusta without a 3-putt which is still a record today.

  2. Mo

    May 6, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Lost me with Nicklaus at 6 and reconfirmed with Rory.
    Cmon Fax need facts not fiction.

  3. Paul Runyan

    May 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Paul Runyan, Annika, Nancy Lopez, And Cathy Witworth!

    Cathy has 88 wins on Tour.
    Pretty sure she had to putt a little to win that many…

  4. Jeff

    May 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I’m staggered

  5. alan goldberg

    May 5, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    No way on Rory

    No Loren Roberts, Bob Charles or Ray Floyd ?

  6. Isy Rodriguez

    May 5, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Jack Nicklaus no. 1. Tiger patterned the grit & determination to “make the putt when he had to” from watching Jack. Jack!s putting demoralized his opponents in a close battle.

  7. Danielle

    May 5, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Super typical that this is only a list of men.

  8. Mcl

    May 5, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    I think Hogan is the overall GOAT but having him as an honorable mention is incorrect. He was a notoriously poor putter who didn’t take that part of his game seriously. That’s just how good he was at the long clubs

  9. Robert R. Callan

    May 5, 2021 at 11:08 am

    George Archer belongs on list

  10. Scott

    May 5, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Hard to include langer (honorable mention) as a good putter with the anchoring and broom stick still being used. And yes, jack should be higher than 6.

  11. david

    May 5, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Jack is clearly #2 at least. How Ben Crenshaw looks doesn’t matter. Moe Norman looked funny but he was the game’s best ball striker.

  12. Greg McNeill

    May 5, 2021 at 10:11 am

    I like Brad. But the McIlroy pick disqualifies his opinions. (And Faxon was a far better putter than Rory ever thought about being.)

  13. Tom54

    May 5, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Rory Mcilroy……”call me crazy”. Ok I will. He has never been a good putter.

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The hilarious mind game Phil Mickelson used against Colin Montgomerie

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Phil Mickelson may be one of the most charismatic and entertaining characters on Tour, but he’s also one of the fiercest competitors, as we recently saw at Kiawah Island.

With that competitive edge in mind, Lefty is not averse to playing mind games, and when it came to Colin Montgomerie, he implemented a simple yet classic strategy.

Per Monty, Mickelson referred to him as Chris for about a decade, and when Colin addressed him over it, Lefty just continued to call him Chris. Just beautiful.

Of course, the playful Mickelson weighed in on the short clip, adding his surprise that Monty’s forename is, in fact, not Chris.

Whatever it takes, Lefty will find that edge!

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Jack Nicklaus says Bryson-Brooks feud is driven by media

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Ahead of this week’s Memorial Tournament, host Jack Nicklaus has weighed in on the Bryson-Brooks saga, which he feels is media driven.

The feud has escalated in recent weeks, primarily because of a leaked video showing Brooks’ disdain for the golf scientist; however, the 18-time major champion doesn’t believe there is as much animosity between the two as others.

“If a feud is there, my guess it was probably more media driven than by Bryson or Brooks. I don’t think either one of them are driven in that direction. It gets in the news and all of a sudden it’s there.

Could I imagine playing with social media the way it is today? It would drive you crazy. I don’t care what you do, you’re not right or you’re not wrong. You got a side to everything and everybody debates everything.”

The Golden Bear also compared the situation between DeChambeau and Koepka to Arnold Palmer and himself back in the day, revealing that they both had each other’s backs despite the odd feud.

“Did we have arguments with guys? Sure. We all had arguments. Arnold (Palmer) and I were the best of friends but we would have a feud every once in a while. Arnold and I 99% of the time agreed on everything that should be good for the game of golf.

We didn’t agree on some things, but that’s okay. But every time I needed support, Arnold had my back and every time he needed support, I had his back. In the end, I don’t think you would find Bryson and Brooks to be any different.”

 

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Tom Watson: ‘Tiger will be back playing pro golf before next year’s Open’

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A few months after Tiger Woods’ horrific single-car accident, Tom Watson has told media that he believes Tiger will be back playing competitive golf before next year’s Open Championship.

Woods is currently in the midst of what he has called the most “painful” rehabilitation of his life and has been photographed recently on crutches and in a walking boot on his right side.

The location of the injury is key in Watson’s mind, who believes that the leg and ankle break occurring on Woods’ right side allows for a much speedier recovery down the line for Tiger.

Speaking to UK media outlets on Tuesday, Watson said

“I don’t know what to expect. The only thing from a medical standpoint and a physical standpoint is that since it is his right foot that is damaged, you can play golf with a damaged right foot, but you can’t with a damaged left foot.”

As a right-handed player you post on your left side, and if you have a damaged left side then you can’t play. If you have a damaged right side, you can play with a damaged right side.”

As for a predicted date that Watson sees Woods back playing competitive golf, the 8-time major champion pinpointed the summer of 2022: “I would suspect that Tiger will be back playing professional golf before the Open Championship in 2022.”

The 2022 Open will be the 150th edition of the iconic event and will take place at St. Andrews, where Woods has won multiple times.

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