The 10 Most Overrated Golfers

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The 10 Most Overrated Golfers in the Game Today

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

“The worst thing in life is wasted talent.” That quote from the movie A Bronx Tale applies not only to the everyday life that most of us lead, but it is maybe even more visible in the world of professional sports. There are myriad people with the talent to play the game of golf at a high level, but the ones that are truly successful in the professional ranks are the ones that continue to work hard to continue to get better at their craft.

Some golfers that don’t live up to their potential are considered busts, while others are given the slightly less harsh designation of overrated. I would say the difference is that a bust is beyond hope, while an overrated golfer can still turn things around to live up to expectations.

The golfers on the following list are not busts, they are overrated. Some of them may very well be on their way to being considered busts, but they haven’t quite reached that point yet. For a few on this list, their designation as overrated has more to do with unrealistic expectations placed upon them from the time they turned pro. Others may have once been at the top of their game but have fallen off dramatically. Still others continually seem like they’re going to turn the corner and head towards dominance, but always fall just short.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know why I’m correct with my list or, more likely, why you think I’m completely off base with these rankings.

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10 Lee Westwood

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Westwood has had a bit of a roller coaster career. Repeated close calls at majors have got to be taking their toll on him. Despite the fact that he’s currently ranked seventh in the world, Westwood will continue to be considered overrated under he can keep it together and win a big tournament.

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9 Adam Scott

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There is no better example of Adam Scott being highly overrated than his epic meltdown at the British Open last year. He closed out the final round with four consecutive bogeys and surrendered the lead on the final hole. He lost that tournament more than Ernie Els won it.

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8 Justin Rose

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Another golfer ranked in the top 10 in the world (fourth, to be exact), that hasn’t really done a whole lot. Five career wins on the European Tour and four on the PGA Tour don’t exactly warrant the type of attention that Rose receives.

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7 Jim Furyk

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You might be asking why someone with 16 career victories, including the 2003 U.S. Open is on this list. Well, while Furyk has won on tour, he hasn’t won as much as he probably should have. He’ shown a knack for falling off at the most inopportune moments; just take a look at the U.S. Open’s in 2007 at Oakmont and 2012 at the Olympic Club. It’s not too late for Furyk, but it’s going to take a few more majors to erase some of that heartache.

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6 Tiger Woods

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Yes, Tiger Woods is one of the best (some argue the best) golfers to ever pick up a club, but the fact that he is mentioned as a potential winner at every tournament he enters is a bit absurd. Yes, he was great, but he’s getting older and the field has caught up to him. That doesn’t mean he still can’t card some low scores and collect a few victories, but he will never again be the Tiger of old.

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5 Steve Stricker

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Stricker is the epitome of an up and down player. He won the season opening tournament last year at Kapalua and steadily went downhill for the rest of the year. For all of the praise he receives, you would like to see him play with more consistency. That’s unlikely to happen, as he announced before the start of the 2013 season that he will be entering semi-retirement and only playing a handful of events.

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4 Sergio Garcia

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Oh, Sergio, how you love to tease us. You turn out magnificent performances in events like the Ryder Cup, only to leave us wanting more on other big stages. His biggest problem over the years has not been his mechanics, but a glaring lack of mental toughness.

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3 Rickie Fowler

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He has had a nice career, collecting his first win last year after 17 top 10 finishes since he turned pro in 2009. However, the expectations heaped upon this young man coming out of college are going to make it difficult for him not to be considered overrated until he strings together a few victories, and maybe a major championship.

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2 Camilo Villegas

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Known more for his posture when reading putts than anything else, Villegas doesn’t even have his full Tour card for 2013; he’s relying on sponsor exemptions to get him into several tournaments. There’s no way someone in this position should be consistently talked about as “one of the favorites” to win any tournament unless he consistently gets back to form over a several month period of time.

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1 Anthony Kim

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Kim is more or less the poster boy for what happens when a young, immature man has the limelight thrust on him. He simply couldn’t handle it, preferring to live the life of a guy in his early 20’s working at Old Navy than a professional golfer. He let his off-course antics interfere with his play. Combine that with a slew of injuries, and I don’t know if there’s any way Kim will every live up to the hype surrounding him.

1 of 11

The 10 Most Overrated Golfers in the Game Today

1
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

“The worst thing in life is wasted talent.” That quote from the movie A Bronx Tale applies not only to the everyday life that most of us lead, but it is maybe even more visible in the world of professional sports. There are myriad people with the talent to play the game of golf at a high level, but the ones that are truly successful in the professional ranks are the ones that continue to work hard to continue to get better at their craft.

Some golfers that don’t live up to their potential are considered busts, while others are given the slightly less harsh designation of overrated. I would say the difference is that a bust is beyond hope, while an overrated golfer can still turn things around to live up to expectations.

The golfers on the following list are not busts, they are overrated. Some of them may very well be on their way to being considered busts, but they haven’t quite reached that point yet. For a few on this list, their designation as overrated has more to do with unrealistic expectations placed upon them from the time they turned pro. Others may have once been at the top of their game but have fallen off dramatically. Still others continually seem like they’re going to turn the corner and head towards dominance, but always fall just short.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know why I’m correct with my list or, more likely, why you think I’m completely off base with these rankings.

2 of 11

10 Lee Westwood

1
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Westwood has had a bit of a roller coaster career. Repeated close calls at majors have got to be taking their toll on him. Despite the fact that he’s currently ranked seventh in the world, Westwood will continue to be considered overrated under he can keep it together and win a big tournament.

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9 Adam Scott

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There is no better example of Adam Scott being highly overrated than his epic meltdown at the British Open last year. He closed out the final round with four consecutive bogeys and surrendered the lead on the final hole. He lost that tournament more than Ernie Els won it.

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8 Justin Rose

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Another golfer ranked in the top 10 in the world (fourth, to be exact), that hasn’t really done a whole lot. Five career wins on the European Tour and four on the PGA Tour don’t exactly warrant the type of attention that Rose receives.

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7 Jim Furyk

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

You might be asking why someone with 16 career victories, including the 2003 U.S. Open is on this list. Well, while Furyk has won on tour, he hasn’t won as much as he probably should have. He’ shown a knack for falling off at the most inopportune moments; just take a look at the U.S. Open’s in 2007 at Oakmont and 2012 at the Olympic Club. It’s not too late for Furyk, but it’s going to take a few more majors to erase some of that heartache.

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6 Tiger Woods

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, Tiger Woods is one of the best (some argue the best) golfers to ever pick up a club, but the fact that he is mentioned as a potential winner at every tournament he enters is a bit absurd. Yes, he was great, but he’s getting older and the field has caught up to him. That doesn’t mean he still can’t card some low scores and collect a few victories, but he will never again be the Tiger of old.

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5 Steve Stricker

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Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Stricker is the epitome of an up and down player. He won the season opening tournament last year at Kapalua and steadily went downhill for the rest of the year. For all of the praise he receives, you would like to see him play with more consistency. That’s unlikely to happen, as he announced before the start of the 2013 season that he will be entering semi-retirement and only playing a handful of events.

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4 Sergio Garcia

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Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Oh, Sergio, how you love to tease us. You turn out magnificent performances in events like the Ryder Cup, only to leave us wanting more on other big stages. His biggest problem over the years has not been his mechanics, but a glaring lack of mental toughness.

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3 Rickie Fowler

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

He has had a nice career, collecting his first win last year after 17 top 10 finishes since he turned pro in 2009. However, the expectations heaped upon this young man coming out of college are going to make it difficult for him not to be considered overrated until he strings together a few victories, and maybe a major championship.

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2 Camilo Villegas

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Known more for his posture when reading putts than anything else, Villegas doesn’t even have his full Tour card for 2013; he’s relying on sponsor exemptions to get him into several tournaments. There’s no way someone in this position should be consistently talked about as “one of the favorites” to win any tournament unless he consistently gets back to form over a several month period of time.

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1 Anthony Kim

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Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Kim is more or less the poster boy for what happens when a young, immature man has the limelight thrust on him. He simply couldn’t handle it, preferring to live the life of a guy in his early 20’s working at Old Navy than a professional golfer. He let his off-course antics interfere with his play. Combine that with a slew of injuries, and I don’t know if there’s any way Kim will every live up to the hype surrounding him.


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