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There’s plenty of serious stuff on the GM website, but our Top 10 tour pro food names is unashamedly just a bit of fun. Other suggestions welcome…
With a little bit of imagination and a touch too much time on your hands, it’s amazing what you sometimes come up with… like this lighthearted but ultimately frivolous attempt at the Top 10 tour pro food names …
1. Gregory SmorgasBourdy
Top marks go to the in-form four-time winner from France with just a little nod to his Scandinavian tour colleagues.
2. Hennie RisOtto
The South African’s name lends itself to the creamy rice dish best served steaming hot, which is what Hennie has been known to get under the collar from time to time. Otto is enjoying a bit of a renaissance after some lean times earlier this century, picking off all three of his tour wins since 2008
3. Marco Crespi Pancake
Yes, we could have just gone with Crespi Duck for the reigning NH Collection Open champion, but thought we give a little nod to the past for our older readers. Remember those various flavoured Birds Eye and Findus Crispy Pancakes from decades ago – the staple diet of many a 1970s teenager?
4. Eddie Salt & Pepperell
We bet the Abingdon man - one of the European Tour’s brightest prospects - never heard this one at school.
5. Craig Lee & Perrins
The Scot, who really established himself on tour with 2nd place in the 2013 Omega European Masters, gets one of the world’s most famous sauces onto our list.
6. Nick Faldoughnut
Despite his phenomenal record as a player, many felt Sir Nick was a bit of a doughnut when it came to the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2008.
7. Chicken DanZach Johnson
The 2007 Masters champion is the only curry to make it onto our list.
8. Cheesy Chips Beck
Beck was a solid PGA Tour campaigner for many years. Best remembered for being just the second man to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour in Las Vegas in 1991… and that famous lay-up on 15 at Augusta when fighting it out for the Green Jacket with Bernhard Langer in 1993.
9. John Sausage Rollins
The Virginian has won three times on tour and enjoyed many good seasons, but has gone off the boil since 2014.
10. David Frosties
One of golf’s most travelled campaigners went first from South Africa to Europe, then America, then back to Europe and then back to America. He’s won regularly wherever he’s been, most recently five Champions Tour victories in the States and two successive European Senior Tour wins in Mauritius.
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 even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, 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 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
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