Meet our odd golfing couples

Mix your favourite golfers up to create someone new... like Dustin Hoffman

Between them, Dustin and Charley should make one excellent driver

With too much time on our hands of late, our imagination has spawned some strange inter-golfer creations. Welcome to our odd golfing couples

Dustin Johnson / Charley Hoffman

For the first of our odd golfing couples, mix golf’s increasingly frequent Major nearly man with the former straggly-haired one to create Rain Man. “I’m an excellent driver.”

Find out how to become a more excellent driver by watching Gary Smith's video...

Gary Player / Craig Barlow

Mix the ever-young near-80-year-old South African with one long-time PGA Tour journeyman to create a revived boy band crooner. Take That!

Meet Gary Barlow...

Meet Gary Barlow...

Daniel Willett / Jason Day / Tom Lewis

The full Christian name of one of 2015’s most in-form players, another Major champion in waiting, and the yet-to-fully-blossom Englishman form the perfect ingredients for one slightly eccentric British actor

Richard S Johnson \ Johnson Wagner

Perhaps our cleverest tie-up with a pair of PGA Tour winners merging seamlessly into the great German composer.

Anthony Kim / Paul Azinger

The surnames of mysteriously absent Anthony and 2008 winning Ryder Cup captain Paul so nearly combine to produce the famous ‘9½ Weeks’ actress that who are we to worry about the odd letter or two?

Perhaps not quite as attractive as the real Kim (B)Azinger

Perhaps not quite as attractive as the real Kim (B)Azinger

Bart Bryant / Scott Simpson

This moustachioed duo together give birth to a mischievous yellow cartoon character.

Anton Haig / Bill Rogers

One for the older folks this! But for a missing ‘d’ in the surname, the young South African and the 1981 Open Champion make up the late star of 1990s TV sit-com, May to December.

Woody Austin / Delroy Cambridge

Okay not a person, but the floral-shirted one who once broke his putter over his head and the five-time European Senior Tour winner from Jamaica make up the popular car of the 1950s and 1960s.

An all-new take on the Austin Cambridge

An all-new take on the Austin Cambridge

Jack Nicklaus / Beth Daniel

The Golden Bear and the LPGA stalwart, who won 33 times on tour, make the perfect Tennessee Whiskey blend (give or take the odd ‘s’)

Ken Ferrie / Stephen Dodd

Add one Geordie to one Welshman, mix with a tickling stick, and hey presto – a frizzy-haired Liverpudlian. Tattyfilarious!

Ken Dodd switches tickling stick for driver

Ken Dodd switches tickling stick for driver


Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf

Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response