You know a good American golf name when you see it and these names listed below bear all the hallmarks.
Here they are ranked in order from 10 to 1.
10. Boo Weekley
Sounds like: A horror movies magazine.
Who is he? The yahooing people's favourite when the US won the Ryder Cup in 2008. A kind of cowboy-ish version of the O'Donovan brothers.
9. Davis Love III
Sounds like: A congressman from a southern American state. Dynasty politician. Hardcore Republican.
Who is he? Household name. Major winner. Captain.
8. Hale Irwin
Sounds like: A blue collar American Dad in a 1980's sitcom.
Who is he? Three time US Open winner. The kind of dull American golfer who thrived in the event.
7. Jerry Pate
Sounds like: A former college quarterback who turned to golf after an injury.
Who is he? US Open winner in 1976 and golfer whose career was actually curtailed by injury.
6. Paul Azinger
Sounds like: Bratty American golf whizz. Hates leaving the US. Only ever heads abroad to play the British Open and spends the weekend complaining about the food and the weather.
Who is he? Much more cosmopolitan. 1993 USPGA winner and cancer survivor. Successful US Ryder captain in the 21st century.
5. Brad Faxon
Sounds like: A lobbyist for the tobacco company.
Who is he? American golfer in the 1990s who was only famous for being unreal at putting. Evidently, mediocre at everything else as he won no major championships.
4. Corey Pavin
Sounds like: A teeny bopper guitarist in a band like Hanson.
Who is he? US Open winner and former Ryder Cup captain. Notable for being extremely short off the tee.
3. Bubba Watson
Sounds like: A man who lives in a caravan next door to a serial killer. Achieves his 15 minutes of fame when telling the press about his deceased neighbour's quiet ways.
Who is he? Wizard around Augusta. Famously unpopular among his peers. If he plays badly it's his caddy's fault.
2. Rich Beem
Sounds like: A trucker who hits golf balls in his spare time. Wins the US Open as an amateur. Tin Cup style situation. Hits the ball about 700 yards.
Who is he? Won the USPGA out of nowhere in 2002. Didn't make the Ryder Cup team as it was picked on 2001 form.
1. Chip Beck
Sounds like: A chino-wearing country club dickhead. A guy who establishes a foundation purely so he can say the words 'Chip Beck Foundation'. Modelled on Don Johnson's character in Tin Cip.
Who is he? Probably none of the above. Became the 2nd ever player to hit 59 on the PGA tour back in 1991. Played in a contentious Ryder Cup match in Kiawah Island that same year.
@ballsdotie Chip Beck sounds like a frat guy in a Adam Sandler movie.
— Maurice Roche (@rocheman99) September 30, 2016