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.”
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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!
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?
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.
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!
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 across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. 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 well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but 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
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