Great Golfers That Are Professionals in Other Sports
At Pure Stroke Golf, we were curious if professionals in other sports were also great golfers. We have heard stories about some football quarterbacks and baseball pitchers being great golfers. What we found was rather interesting.
This article from Golf Digest lists over 200 players from other sports that are also great golfers. These athletes represent about 10 professional sports. We’ve detailed some interesting facts.
Hockey was represented by 35 players. 11 of the players had a handicap less than 2. That means 31% of the hockey golfers mentioned had a handicap of less than 2. That is the best, by percentage, of any sport represented by more than 10 players.
Football was represented by 66 players. 8 of the players had a reported handicap of less than 2. Kickers and quarterbacks lead the list, but an assortment of positions is represented. Football has the most athletes represented.
Baseball was represented by 62 players, a close second to football’s 66. 9 of the players had a handicap less than 2. Pitchers are well represented, but other positions are represented as well.
Basketball was represented by 18 players. 5 of the players had a handicap of less than 2. That means 28% of the basketball golfers mentioned had a handicap of less than 2. This is second only to hockey’s 31%. There were a few WNBA players on the list as well.
Soccer was represented by 16 players. Only 1 player had a handicap less than 2.
Other sports represented include tennis, bowling, motor sports, skiers, swimmers and even a surfer.
The article from Golf Digest also gave some interesting background on the player’s relation to golf. For example, football player Nick O’Leary is the grandson of the great Jack Nicklaus. Many of these athletes have set up golf foundations.
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