Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers

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Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers

Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers
Derick E. Hingle-USA Today Sports

As I picked up this assignment to define the 10 Most Intimidating Golfers, I knew the first thing I needed to do was define intimidating. As everyone knows, the word intimidating has different meanings when used in different contexts.

A quick trip to www.thefreedictionary.com tells me there are actually two meanings for intimidating:

1. to make timid: fill with fear

2. to coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats

As I started to plug this into golf, I remember when I was younger(that's been a while) and would travel to a resort somewhere and play a round of golf with complete strangers. You know the guy in the foursome, he tees up and knocks it a country mile, and you are immediately intimidated. You know you've been paired up with some guy who is a two handicap, and your 14 handicap is going to get embarrassed. After a couple of holes, you find out he's a pretty nice guy, and can't putt worth a darn, and the intimidation goes away.

I then took that feeling, and put myself in the shoes of a lower tier tour player that's been paired with Tiger Woods for the opening rounds of a tournament like the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines this weekend, and there it was, the intimidation factor. I can't imagine being Robert Rock in 2012, and facing Tiger Woods at Abu Dhabi in the final round.

In an interview with Rock after the tournament, he indicated he wasn't sure he could handle the pressure. He did, and was able to overcome the intimidation, and win. He found out that after it was over, Tiger Woods is a human, and on any day, can be beaten.

The following 10 golfers are players I think would get into my head if I were to be paired with them in a PGA event. They are my Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers and are in random order. They all would intimidate me, so there's none of them that I fear more than the other.

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Number 1 Ernie Els

Number 1 Ernie Els
Crystal LoGuidice-USA Today Sports
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Number 2 Y.E. Yang

Number 2 Y.E. Yang
Jake Roth-USA Today Sports
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Number 3 Miguel Angel Jimenez

Number 3 Miguel Angel Jimenez
Kevin Liles-USA Today Sports
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Number 4 Ian Poulter

Number 4 Ian Poulter
Allan Henry-USA Today Sports
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Number 5 Keegan Bradley

Number 5 Keegan Bradley
John David Mercer-USA Today
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Number 6 Padraig Harrington

Number 6 Padraig Harrington
Mitchell Gunn-USA Today Sports
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Number 7 Nicolas Colsaerts

Number 7 Nicolas Colsaerts
Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports
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Number 8 V.J. Singh

Number 8 V.J. Singh
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports
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Number 9 Bubba Watson

Number 9 Bubba Watson
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports
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Number 10 Tiger Woods

Number 10 Tiger Woods
Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports
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Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers

Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers
Derick E. Hingle-USA Today Sports

As I picked up this assignment to define the 10 Most Intimidating Golfers, I knew the first thing I needed to do was define intimidating. As everyone knows, the word intimidating has different meanings when used in different contexts.

A quick trip to www.thefreedictionary.com tells me there are actually two meanings for intimidating:

1. to make timid: fill with fear

2. to coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats

As I started to plug this into golf, I remember when I was younger(that's been a while) and would travel to a resort somewhere and play a round of golf with complete strangers. You know the guy in the foursome, he tees up and knocks it a country mile, and you are immediately intimidated. You know you've been paired up with some guy who is a two handicap, and your 14 handicap is going to get embarrassed. After a couple of holes, you find out he's a pretty nice guy, and can't putt worth a darn, and the intimidation goes away.

I then took that feeling, and put myself in the shoes of a lower tier tour player that's been paired with Tiger Woods for the opening rounds of a tournament like the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines this weekend, and there it was, the intimidation factor. I can't imagine being Robert Rock in 2012, and facing Tiger Woods at Abu Dhabi in the final round.

In an interview with Rock after the tournament, he indicated he wasn't sure he could handle the pressure. He did, and was able to overcome the intimidation, and win. He found out that after it was over, Tiger Woods is a human, and on any day, can be beaten.

The following 10 golfers are players I think would get into my head if I were to be paired with them in a PGA event. They are my Top 10 Most Intimidating Golfers and are in random order. They all would intimidate me, so there's none of them that I fear more than the other.

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Number 1 Ernie Els

Number 1 Ernie Els
Crystal LoGuidice-USA Today Sports
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Number 2 Y.E. Yang

Number 2 Y.E. Yang
Jake Roth-USA Today Sports
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Number 3 Miguel Angel Jimenez

Number 3 Miguel Angel Jimenez
Kevin Liles-USA Today Sports
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Number 4 Ian Poulter

Number 4 Ian Poulter
Allan Henry-USA Today Sports
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Number 5 Keegan Bradley

Number 5 Keegan Bradley
John David Mercer-USA Today
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Number 6 Padraig Harrington

Number 6 Padraig Harrington
Mitchell Gunn-USA Today Sports
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Number 7 Nicolas Colsaerts

Number 7 Nicolas Colsaerts
Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports
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Number 8 V.J. Singh

Number 8 V.J. Singh
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports
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Number 9 Bubba Watson

Number 9 Bubba Watson
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports
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Number 10 Tiger Woods

Number 10 Tiger Woods
Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports

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