Top 150 Athlete Golfers (Golf Digest, November 2009)

10-18-2009, 04:29 PM
2009 Ranking
Top 150 Athlete Golfers
Research by Lisa Furlong and Craig Bestrom
November 2009

After many months of research, we've discovered that a huge number of active and retired athletes spend time on the golf course. Our ranking of the top 150 athlete-golfers is merely a sampling of those who play this great game. We also included a golfer or two from sports other than the big four of baseball, football, basketball and hockey. Rick Rhoden was our No. 1 when we ranked athlete-golfers in 2007, and there's no doubt he'd beat everyone on this list. But the former major-league pitcher is really a professional on the celebrity and senior circuit who belongs on another ranking. Unless there are some nassaus that have gotten out of hand, no one among this 150 earns a living playing golf.


Handicap Indexes are from August and were determined from the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network, state associations, the athletes, PR directors, friends and playing partners. Handicaps without decimal points are unofficial estimates.


T-6. Mardy Fish (0.0)
Three career ATP Tour wins and ranked 26th in men's tennis heading into the fall.

10. Pete Sampras (0.5)
Bel-Air and Bighorn member hasn't posted a score in two years, but pros say his Index is accurate.

T-22. Ivan Lendl (2)
Not even the best golfer in his family, with three potential pro daughters.

T-91. Rafael Nadal (9)
Tennis great is pals with Sergio Garcia; says favorite courses are Pula in Majorca and Madison at La Quinta.

T-100. Rod Laver (10.0)
Tennis legend was a single-digit handicapper before his 1998 stroke.