Top 10 Golfers on Santa’s Nice List

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Santa's Nice List: Who Made the Cut?

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Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2012 was an interesting year in professional golf, to say the least. Some golfers imposed their will on the competition to completely dominate the year. Others broke on to the scene and made it known they were a force to be reckoned with. Some wily veterans recaptured major championships. The Ryder Cup was one for the ages. There was good, there was bad and there was often times ugly.

This is the time of year for lists. Everyone is making them, from little kids making wish lists to Santa Claus, to magazines ranking the best people of the year to news organizations listing the best stories over the last 12 months. We decided to join in on the fun and compile a list of the 10 golfer’s we feel would be make the cut on Santa’s Nice List.

There are no set criteria for making this particular list. Some people made it because, for all intents and purposes, they are just nice guys in addition to being great golfers. Some are on here because of almost unprecedented success this year, while others made a name for themselves.

Regardless of who is on this list and who did not make it, one thing is for sure: 2012 was a great year for the game of golf. In addition, the events that transpired this year are sure to make the upcoming year even better. There are new names to watch for. Some veterans have seen their careers resurrected. And, as always, there are sure to be some players that come out of nowhere to capture the attention of the golf world.

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10 Luke Donald

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As under the radar and humble as someone that lead the money list on both tours last year can be.

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9 Lee Westwood

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a lack of wins, one of the true gentlemen in pro golf.

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8 Fred Couples

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Father Time seems to have forgotten about Couples.

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7 Keegan Bradley

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Not only was his Ryder Cup performance absolutely incredible, but Bradley made it known that he plans to be in contention for years to come.

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6 Webb Simpson

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Simpson took home the 2012 U.S. Open by remaining strong while the rest of the field faded away.

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5 Ernie Els

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Santa granted Els a reprieve in 2012. How else can you explain him winning the Open Championship and not even qualifying for The Masters?

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4 Brandt Snedeker

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Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Snedeker must’ve been doing something right this year. Not only did he win the TOUR Championship, but he also took home the $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion.

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3 Phil Mickelson

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Always a favorite on tour, on this list as much for his charitable work as for his play.

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2 Rory McIlroy

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Just another ho-hum year for McIlroy. Another major championship under his belt as well as leading the money list on both the European and PGA Tours.

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1 Bubba Watson

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

2012 was an incredible year for Bubba Watson. Not only did he win The Masters, but he and his wife also adopted a baby. Bubba caught a lot of flak for taking time off to spend with his family, but I applaud him for the decision.

1 of 11

Santa's Nice List: Who Made the Cut?

1
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2012 was an interesting year in professional golf, to say the least. Some golfers imposed their will on the competition to completely dominate the year. Others broke on to the scene and made it known they were a force to be reckoned with. Some wily veterans recaptured major championships. The Ryder Cup was one for the ages. There was good, there was bad and there was often times ugly.

This is the time of year for lists. Everyone is making them, from little kids making wish lists to Santa Claus, to magazines ranking the best people of the year to news organizations listing the best stories over the last 12 months. We decided to join in on the fun and compile a list of the 10 golfer’s we feel would be make the cut on Santa’s Nice List.

There are no set criteria for making this particular list. Some people made it because, for all intents and purposes, they are just nice guys in addition to being great golfers. Some are on here because of almost unprecedented success this year, while others made a name for themselves.

Regardless of who is on this list and who did not make it, one thing is for sure: 2012 was a great year for the game of golf. In addition, the events that transpired this year are sure to make the upcoming year even better. There are new names to watch for. Some veterans have seen their careers resurrected. And, as always, there are sure to be some players that come out of nowhere to capture the attention of the golf world.

2 of 11

10 Luke Donald

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

As under the radar and humble as someone that lead the money list on both tours last year can be.

3 of 11

9 Lee Westwood

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a lack of wins, one of the true gentlemen in pro golf.

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8 Fred Couples

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Father Time seems to have forgotten about Couples.

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7 Keegan Bradley

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Not only was his Ryder Cup performance absolutely incredible, but Bradley made it known that he plans to be in contention for years to come.

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6 Webb Simpson

1
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Simpson took home the 2012 U.S. Open by remaining strong while the rest of the field faded away.

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5 Ernie Els

1
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Santa granted Els a reprieve in 2012. How else can you explain him winning the Open Championship and not even qualifying for The Masters?

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4 Brandt Snedeker

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Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Snedeker must’ve been doing something right this year. Not only did he win the TOUR Championship, but he also took home the $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion.

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3 Phil Mickelson

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Always a favorite on tour, on this list as much for his charitable work as for his play.

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2 Rory McIlroy

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Just another ho-hum year for McIlroy. Another major championship under his belt as well as leading the money list on both the European and PGA Tours.

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1 Bubba Watson

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

2012 was an incredible year for Bubba Watson. Not only did he win The Masters, but he and his wife also adopted a baby. Bubba caught a lot of flak for taking time off to spend with his family, but I applaud him for the decision.


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