Have you noticed that many of the world’s top golfers do tend to have somewhat unusual names? The current World Number 1, Tiger Woods is a case in point, sounding as he does like an Sumatran wildlife sanctuary for endangered cats.
Yet there are a myriad of equally unusually-monikered players. Outlined below are Gorilla Golf’s ten best golfers’ names that we’ve come across over the years.
Would you add any more to this illustrious list?
1. Dicky Pride – His name may sound like a celebration of the male appendage, but Dicky Pride is not a support group that salutes man’s most personal possession. In fact, he is an American golfer, called Richard Fletcher Pride III to give him his full name (we’ll come to the III’s later in this list). His single US PGA Tour win came in the 1994 FedEx St Jude’s Classic when he beat Hal Sutton and Gene Sauers in a playoff.
2. Wiffy Cox – Why New Yorker Wilfred Hiram Cox decided upon the nickname “Wiffy” as a golfer is beyond me. Not only is it a term for an air shot, which is embarrassing enough, but Wiffy Cox sounds like something you’d go to the Doctor with. In his time though, Wiffy was a fine player, winning nine events on the US Tour and finishing tied third in the 1934 US Open.
3. Jason Kokrak – There is an alarming number of male-appendage sounding names at the top of this list, so where better to store then all than in your own personal Jason Kokrak (below). The 27-year-old Canadian born golfer is American and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and has recently earned his PGA Tour card after spending several years on the Nationwide and eGolf Professional Tours earning six wins in total.
4. Wang Ter-chang – Arguably my favourite name on the list as it sounds very much like the noise I make when I go the driving range and launch a driver at a golf ball, only to see it slice horribly into the corrugated metal walls either side of me. Wang is in fact a Taiwanese golfer, playing on the Asian tour where he has amassed four wins, as well as two wins prior to the formation of the Asian Tour.
5. Boo Weekley – I can’t make my mind up whether Boo Weekley (below) sounds like a weekly magazine for ghosts, or whether it describes the act of a particularly lazy and unenthusiastic theatre critic who is not liking what he sees on stage. Perhaps, we should ask his brother, who I assume is called Cheer Loudly. Thomas Brent Weekley is a two time winner of the Verizon Heritage tournament (in 2007 and 2008) and also won the Crowne Plaza invitational in May this year, beating Matt Kuchar by a single stroke.
6. Briny Baird – Are you looking for al Albatross on the golf course, well you can find one often if you’ll play a round with Briny Baird. With a name sounding like an ideal description of a penguin, it may come as a shock to learn Baird has won just once as a pro, on the Nationwide Tour, but did lose a play off at the 2011 Frys.Com open to Bryce Molder on the sixth extra hole.
7. Davis Love III, Tommy Armour III, Charles Howell III – There is something quite strange about this numerical royalty in golf. While there are any number of players who are the III, why are there no II’s or IVs? Is there some genetic deficiency in earlier models that made Charles Howell II unable to play golf? Was Davis Love II a terrible hacker and slasher around the course? Science should be investigating this unusual golfing issue as a matter of urgency.
8. Chez Reavie – With a name sounding like a home that a pretentious family may give their abode, Chez Reavie is a two time winner as a professional, winning the RBC Canadian Open in 2008, and the 2007 Knoxville Open on the Nationwide Tour.
9. John Huh – With a name that always looks like a grammatical error (shouldn’t it have a question mark after the surname?) John Huh is a young American golfer of Korean descent, who achieved his first PGA Tour victory in Feb 2012 when he defeated Robert Allenby in a play off at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
10. Fuzzy Zoeller – The king of golfing scrabble returns! Fuzzy Zoeller (below) was a talented golfer in his prime, with 20 wins as a professional, 10 on the PGA Tour and a winner of both the Masters and US Open. He is also a demon when playing Golfer Scrabble as landing him on a triple-word score can land you just short of 350,000 points.
Other golfers who just narrowly failed to make this ausipicious list include:
Chip Beck (who sounds like a small stream in the Rocky Mountains),
Dick Mast (I left this one well alone),
Bunky Henry (another great golfer name),
the squirmer Jeff Maggert,
Fred Funk (arguably the coolest name in golf),
Notah Begay (again, left well alone),
Duffy Waldorf (or as I once mistakenly called him, Dorfy Walduff)
and lastly arguably the most cheerful sounding golfer in the history of the game, Sunny Kim.