By Jason Devaney
Lumpy? Funny Golf Nicknames In History
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With the Kentucky Derby sporting horses named Golden Seoul, Palace Malice and Frac Daddy over the weekend, we got to thinking about funny-sounding names of the two-legged crowd. Eventually, as things typically do around here, the discussion came back to golf.
Here are some of the best golfer nicknames in history. What’s your favorite?
When Woody Austin hilariously fell face first into a greenside pond at the 2007 President’s Cup, this nickname was born. The water was shallow and nobody was hurt, so it’s OK to laugh. In fact, two days later Austin poked fun at himself by wearing a diving mask on the course.
Big Easy/Big Weisy
We cheated and actually have 10 nicknames in this list, thanks to this combined entry. Everyone knows that Ernie Els, with his tall stature (6-foot-3), easy-going nature and fluid swing is called the “Big Easy.” But have you heard Michelle Wie’s moniker, “Big Wiesy?” She’s also tall (6-0) and has an equally nice golf swing. In fact, this side-by-side video shows how similar their swings are. Kind of amazing.
It’s been said that as calm as Fred Couples appears to be on the golf course, he’s really not. In fact, he’s more even-keeled off the course. A similar metaphor can be said for his swing: It looks easy and slow, but it’s actually one of the faster swings on tour. Combined with his perfect mechanics, Couples is also one of the biggest hitters out there. Hence, “Boom Boom.”
With a nickname so close to “Duffer,” we had to include this one. It’s doubtful that many people even know that “Duffy” Waldorf is actually named James Joseph Waldorf, Jr. We had no idea. We still know him as “Duffy,” the guy who wears loud golf shirts and equally loud golf hats. When you look at old photos of Waldorf, doesn’t he just look like a “Duffy?” Find someone that doesn’t know him or his nickname and see if the person can guess it.
How could we forget Corey Pavin’s performance at the 1995 U.S. Open (especially his famous 4-wood)? The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Pavin finished the tournament at even par to beat Greg Norman by two shots for his first and only major victory. Pavin was routinely one of the shortest drivers on the PGA Tour; he averaged 254.9 yards in 1995, 159th in the rankings. But there was plenty of fight and determination in this little “bulldog.”
We pick on Tim Herron quite a bit here, Sorry, Tim. We still love ya. And, unlike our choice to have you play center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, we can’t claim responsibility for coming up with your nickname. As the story goes, Herron’s fellow tour players came up with the moniker because of his misshapen body type. Herron embraced it, even writing an advice column called “Dear Lumpy.”
Another classic. Colin Montgomerie, the Scottish golfer who could never quite win a tournament on U.S. soil, bears a striking resemblance to Mrs. Doubtfire — the cross-dressing character played by Robin Williams in the movie with the same name. Not that anyone’s saying Monty (see, there’s another nickname) likes to dress in old women’s clothing, but there is a definite similarity in looks. That’s it.
This one is obvious. Craig Stadler really does look like a walrus. Doesn’t he? There’s really not much more to say.
This is the king (we know, lame excuse for a joke) of golf nicknames. Arnold Palmer is the king of the golf world, the king of the food and beverage world, and, more recently, the king of the hanging out with Sports Illustrated swimsuit models world. He’s royalty.
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