The Top 30 Nice Guys on the PGA Tour | Golf news and tour information


“Nice” is subjective. Especially this year, when the ongoing divide in professional golf has challenged traditional notions of right and wrong. It is possible to be an ethical person who is not pleasant to strangers, just as it is to be a heartfelt traitor to one’s friends. To compile our list of the 30 Nicest Guys on Tour, we interviewed and surveyed more than 120 players, caddies, members of the media, golf managers, locker room attendants and tournament volunteers. We asked specific, open-ended questions, and Tony Finau’s name came up more than anyone else. Well, people have different opinions on what makes a nice guy, and it’s up to us to narrow that definition. The only criteria was current PGA Tour membership, so you won’t see any European or senior individuals on this list. But if you’re looking for a common thread for the players below, this is it: the inclination and consistency to treat people – regardless of their position – with respect and courtesy. (Rank 2019 in brackets)

1.(8)TONY FINAU Known for his ever-present smile and generous use of his time. Says Finau, “When I talk to someone and walk away thinking that somehow I made their day, it makes me happy.” Finau joins previous winners of the Golf Digest Tour Nice Guys Ranking; Steve Stricker (2013), Jordan Spieth (2017) and Rickie Fowler (2019).

2. (T-19) PETER MALNATI Several players describe Malnati as unrelentingly optimistic. “He’s almost too nice, too cheerful,” jokes one player.

3. (3) JORDAN SPIETH If his long and insightful answers to otherwise shallow questions at press conferences are any indication, the guy is a giver.

4. (4) RORY McILROY The four-time major champion is considered a gentleman both on and off the ropes. Several players say he has become the “conscience” of the PGA Tour.

5. (1) RICKIE FOWLER Our 2019 winner ranked high on many poll questions, including taking the time to sign autographs for children.

6. (5) WEBB SIMPSON The former US Open champion is considered one of the more approachable players, ranking second in the “Nobody is nicer to waiters, spotters and volunteers” poll.

7. (7) HAROLD VARNERIII Rarely seen without a smile, he was among the most popular answers for “player you would most like to have dinner with”.

8. (NEW) COLLIN MORIKAWA Rick Sessinghaus, a Collins coach for nearly two decades, says, “It’s a lot easier to work for good guys than for prima donnas. It’s not that Collin doesn’t have an ego; he just has a healthy ego.”

9. (NEW) VIKTOR HOVLAND The Norwegian is loved on tour for his cheerful demeanor and self-deprecating sense of humour.

10. (NEW) STEWART CINK Cink is a past winner of the Payne Stewart Award, presented annually to a professional golfer who embodied the late Stewart’s values ​​of character, charity and sportsmanship.

11. (2) GARY WOODLAND His feel-good moment with Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette during the 2019 World Championships Phoenix Open helped establish a new foundation to promote golf instruction and play opportunities for people with intellectual challenges.

12. (NEW) HARRIS ENGLISH He appears quiet and reserved, but is far more southern gentleman than aloof.

13. (21) JUSTIN ROSE The 2013 US Open winner and his wife Kate founded an organization to help fight childhood hunger in Orlando.

14. (NEW) SAM BURNS Despite his rapid rise in the world golf rankings, the former LSU standout has remained a considerate, humble soul.

15. (14) Xander SHOVELS The Olympic gold medalist is committed to protecting the environment and supporting junior golf programs in his hometown of San Diego.

16. (6) ADAM SCHOTT Known for his courtesy, Scott recently received the Jim Murray Award for promoting a positive working environment between players and the media.

17. (13) BRANDT SNEDEKER He is so respected by his peers that he is often discussed as a future candidate for PGA Tour Commissioner.

18. (16) JASON DAY His family’s charity Brighter Days works with groups like Habitat for Humanity and the Ohio State University Cancer Center.

19. (NEW) CHESSON HADLEY He’s known as one of the funniest guys on tour and one of the friendliest.

20. (T-27) KEVIN STREELMAN The veteran is involved with Compassion International, an organization that works with local churches to provide skills and support to lift children out of poverty.

21. (NEW) SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER The rise to world No. 1 hasn’t gone to his head. Several respondents called Scheffler a “great kid” and a “gentle giant”.

22. (NEW) CAMERON TRINGALE He is noted by other pros as an encouraging playmate with a sharp mind.

23. (T-29) CHEZ REAVIE Reavie holds a high regard among tournament and tour officials as one of the easiest players to work with on tour.

24. (17) DANNY LEE Lee was instrumental in funding New Zealand Golf Development which aims to promote the game in his home country.

25. (18) DYLAN FRITTELLI The former University of Texas standout has often been referred to as someone other players enjoy playing with.

26. (NEW) JT POSTON The North Carolina native received high marks as someone amateurs should hope to be paired with in a Pro-Am.

27. (23) JOEL DAHMEN As down-to-earth as a touring pro can get, he once invited an editor of this magazine to his house for an impromptu meal and greeted him barefoot with two bourbons in Solo mugs.

28. (12) JUSTIN THOMAS The two-time PGA champion received high marks as one of the players “most likely to give another player or caddy a free ride to the next event.”

29. (NEW) RUSSELL KNOX Known as one of the more affable guys on the tour, he is also an ambassador for junior golf in North Florida and his hometown of Inverness, Scotland.

30. (T-27) ZACH JOHNSON The 2023 Ryder Cup captain is making every effort to mentor younger players.

We weren’t just interested in who the Tour Nice Guys are. We wanted to know who does supposedly nice things when no one is looking. The results of the following questions did not necessarily correlate with how our voters made their choice of nice guys; As you’ll see here, some names appear multiple times in the poll questions but didn’t make it into our Tour Nice Guys ranking. However, the poll provides context and color for what exactly makes a nice guy nice. – Joel Ball

If you had to have dinner with a player every night for an entire tournament week, it would be…

1.Rory McIlroy
2. Joel Dahmen
3. Harald Varner III

A rookie who wants to learn the basics of tour life should play a practice round with…

1.Phil Mickelson
T-2. Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Charley Hoffman

A player in the running for the weekend should be hoping with…

1.Webb Simpson
2.Rickie Fowler
T-3. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa

The player most likely to give another player or caddy a free ride to the next event is…

T-1 Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth
T-4. Max Homa, Justin Thomas

Nobody is nicer to waiters, observers and volunteers than…

1.Rickie Fowler
T-2. Peter Malnati, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy

Amateurs playing in a Pro-Am should hope to be paired with…

1.Billy Horschel
2. Harry Higgs
3. JT Poston

One player who is likely to continue to tip heavily even after a missed cut is…

1.Phil Mickelson
2. Rory McIlroy
T-3. Jordan Spieth, Kevin Streelman

Nobody spends more time giving autographs to kids than…

1.Rickie Fowler
2.Phil Mickelson
3. Jon Rahm


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