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Golf Digest's Ranking of Athlete-Golfers

After Golf Digest's rankings of the top-100 golfers in music (December 2006) and the top 100 in Hollywood (December 2005), we present the best and--in some cases--most notable golfers from the world of sports. Handicaps were determined in a number of ways, but our first reference was the U.S. Golf Association's Golf Handicap and Information Network. Additionally, we relied upon information from state associations, the athletes, pros at their clubs and friends who have played with them. Handicaps without decimal points are unofficial estimates.
RANK NAME HANDICAP COMMENTS
1 Rhoden, Rick plus-2.5 Won 151 games as a major-league pitcher; has won 43 golf tournaments on the celebrity tour. Some athletes might occasionally have the same—or better—handicaps, but we're confident Rhoden is the best of this bunch right now.
2 Sheppard, Ray plus-2.5 Prolific goal scorer with Red Wings in 1990s.
3 Sharpe, Sterling plus-2.4 Ex-Packers receiver now analyst for NFL Network.
4 Quinn, Dan plus-2.1 Ex-NHLer is four-time champ in Tahoe event.
5 Hentrich, Craig plus-2.0 Tennessee Titans punter for past eight seasons.
T-6 Longwell, Ryan plus-1.8 Vikings kicker spent his first nine NFL seasons with Packers.
T-6 Van Slyke, Andy plus-1.8 Gold Glove outfielder now coaching with Tigers.
T-8 Chandler, Chris plus-1.5 Falcons QB in '99 Super Bowl loss to Denver.
T-8 Dilfer, Trent plus-1.5 Ravens QB in '01 Super Bowl win over N.Y. Giants.
T-8 Tolliver, Billy Joe plus-1.5 QB played 12 NFL seasons; two wins in Tahoe.
11 Jarrett, Dale plus-1.4 NASCAR driver improved his game in '06.
12 Del Greco, Al plus-1.3 NFL kicker for 17 seasons; celebrity-tour winner.
13 Sabo, Chris plus-1.2 All-Star 3B won '90 World Series with Reds.
14 McGwire, Mark plus-0.7 Ex-Cardinals slugger played high school golf
15 Favre, Brett plus-0.8 Packers QB can play to scratch during NFL's off-season.
16 Smoltz, John plus-0.2 '96 Cy Young winner is in 19th season with the Braves.
17 Candiotti, Tom plus-0.1 Knuckleballer won 151 games in 16 seasons.
T-18 Cammalleri, Michael 0 Led L.A. Kings in points through early April.
T-18 Fuhr, Grant 0 Goaltender won five Stanley Cups with Oilers.
20 Hull, Brett 0.1 Third behind Gretzky, Howe in NHL career goals.
T-21 Bartkowski, Steve 0.2 Ex-QB's “Ultimate Game” began as “Big Stakes.”
T-21 Elway, John 0.2 Broncos QB has played Tahoe celeb event 17 times.
T-21 Sampras, Pete 0.2 Won 14 Grand Slam tennis titles; plays golf at Bel-Air.
24 Gillies, Clark 0.3 Hall of Famer part of Stanley Cup run by Islanders.
T-25 Roenick, Jeremy 0.7 Coyotes center, in 18th year, nearing 500 goals.
T-25 Savard, Marc 0.7 Boston Bruins star tried Canadian Tour Q school.
27 Theismann, Joe 0.9 Ex-Redskins QB is TV commentator.
28 Anderson, Dick 1 Defensive player of year in '73 with Dolphins.
29 Rice, Jerry 1.1 NFL great had 7-handicap in '02 (see Final Exam).
T-30 Allen, Ray 1.2 Top scorer for Sonics is best golfer in NBA today.
T-30 Jordan, Michael 1.2 Charlotte Bobcats parowner still avid golfer.
32 Schmidt, Mike 1.3 Hit 548 HRs in 18 seasons for Phillies.
T-33 Del Negro, Vinny 1.4 Ex-NBA guard plays at Scottsdale's Whisper Rock.
T-33 Feely, Jay 1.4 Kicker left N.Y. Giants for Dolphins in off-season.
35 Roberts, Nate 1.5 Mogul skiing world champion in '05.
T-36 Fernandez, Gigi 1.6 Top woman won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles.
T-36 Rypien, Mark 1.8 Super Bowl MVP in '92 when Redskins beat Bills.
38 Chang, Michael 1.9 '89 French Open tennis champ has taken to golf.
39 Sakic, Joe 2 Avalanche center was also '06 Olympian.
T-40 Langenbrunner, Jamie 2 Devils right wing is among team's top scorers.
T-40 Martin, Todd 2 Davis Cupper and twice Grand Slam runner-up.
42 Slater, Kelly 2.1 Surfing great played in his first AT&T this year.
T-43 Marino, Dan 2.2 Dolphins Hall of Famer works with Jim McLean.
T-43 Romo, Tony 2.2 Cowboys QB attempted to qualify for U.S. Open.
T-43 Stenerud, Jan 2.2 Retired Chiefs kicker is still team's best golfer.
46 Lemieux, Mario 2.3 Penguins co-owner is a member at Oakmont.
T-47 Eldredge, Todd 2.4 Six-time U.S. national figure-skating champion.
T-47 Larouche, Pierre 2.4 Won two Stanley Cups with Canadiens.
T-47 Modano, Mike 2.4 All-time goals co-leader among U.S.-born NHLers.
T-50 Morgan, Joe 2.6 Baseball Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst.
T-50 Smith, Stan 2.6 Former tennis No. 1 lives in Hilton Head.
52 Glavine, Tom 2.7 Mets pitcher nine wins shy of 300 in early April.
53 Brett, George 2.8 Won '87 AT&T pro-am with Fred Couples.
54 Bradshaw, Terry 2.9 Won four Super Bowl rings with Steelers.
T-55 Alredsson, Daniel 3 Swede is one of Ottawa's top scorers.
T-55 Bouchard, Pierre-Marc 3 One of the top scorers for the Minnesota Wild.
T-55 Nakatani, Corey 3 Jockey has more than 3,000 wins.
T-55 O'Neill, Jeff 3 One of top scorers for Toronto Maple Leafs.
T-55 West, Jerry 3 Scored 63 vs. Knicks in 1962; shot 62 at Bel-Air.
60 Bird, Larry 3.1 Co-founder of the Hideout Club in Naples, Fla.
T-61 Aikman, Troy 3.2 Improving rapidly thanks to work at Cowboys G.C.
T-61 Maddux, Greg 3.2 Baseball's winningest pitcher in the '90s.
T-63 Manning, Peyton 3.4 Played at Pine Valley, San Francisco G.C. in '06.
T-63 Rashad, Ahmad 3.4 Before TV career he was a Pro Bowl receiver.
T-65 Wakefield, Tim 3.5 Red Sox fan favorite downplays his golf ability.
T-65 Jansen, Dan 3.5 Won Jordan's event in January with Stone Phillips.
67 Boller, Kyle 3.6 Ravens backup QB is a Caves Valley member.
68 Bourque, Ray 3.7 Now a spokesman for a bank; still a Bruins icon.
T-69 Courier, Jim 3.8 French Open winner plays at Lake Nona (Orlando).
T-69 Feagles, Jeff 3.8 Giants punter has consecutive-games record.
T-71 Bench, Johnny 3.9 Reds Hall of Fame catcher was '68 Rookie of the Year.
T-71 Drexler, Clyde 3.9 Rockets broadcaster also “Dancing with the Stars.”
T-73 Bulger, Marc 4 Rams QB was third in NFL passing yards in '06.
T-73 Iginla, Jarome 4 Leading scorer for Calgary Flames this season.
T-73 LaRoche, Adam 4 Pirates first baseman has played with Tiger.
T-73 Lowe, Derek 4 Ex-Red Sox starter is new Dodgers ace.
T-73 Palmer, Carson 4 Bengals QB has hosted a charity tourney.
T-73 Williams, Walter Ray Jr. 4 Bowling great is tied with Earl Anthony for most career wins (41).
79 Lomax, Neil 4.2 Ex-NFL QB runs an evenmanagement firm.
80 Beuerlein, Steve 4.3 Got a Super Bowl ring as Cowboys backup QB.
T-81 Lendl, Ivan 4.5 Tennis champ, four oldest daughters focused on golf.
T-81 Neely, Cam 4.5 Bruins winger joined Hockey Hall of Fame in '05.
T-81 Peavy, Jake 4.5 Beat S.F. as Padres Opening Day starter in April.
T-84 Brown, Kris 4.6 Texans K plays at Houston Open's Redstone G.C.
T-84 Clemens, Roger 4.6 When not pitching, he's often on the course.
T-84 Spurrier, Steve 4.6 '66 Heisman Trophy winner is coach at South Carolina.
T-84 Weber, Pete 4.6 Second on all-time PBA money list with $2.95M.
T-88 Brees, Drew 4.7 Led resurgent Saints to NFC title game in '07.
T-88 Mulder, Mark 4.7 Cardinals LH played with Yogi Berra at Hope.
90 Upshaw, Gene 4.9 Raiders Hall of Famer plays at RTJ in Virginia.
T-91 Carr, David 5 In Carolina after five seasons as Texans QB.
T-91 Fingers, Rollie 5 One of four relievers in baseball's Hall of Fame.
T-91 Francoeur, Jeff 5 Braves RF had 29 HRs in '06; has played with Tiger.
T-91 Sanderson, Geoff 5 Flyers All-Star has played 15 seasons.
T-91 Taylor, Lawrence 5 Former N.Y. Giants LB can hit golf balls a long way.
T-91 Wainwright, Adam 5 World Series hero now a Cardinals starting pitcher.
T-97 Barber, Ronde 5.1 Tampa Bay Bucs defensive back is Tiki's twin.
T-97 Pack, Joe 5.1 Freestyle skier won silver at '02 Winter Olympics.
99 Joyner, Seth 5.3 Pro Bowl LB won '99 Super Bowl with Denver.
T-100 Esiason, Boomer 5.4 Ex-Bengals QB runs golf events for cystic fibrosis.
T-100 Millwood, Kevin 5.4 Rangers pitcher plays at Dallas National.
102 Testaverde, Vinny 5.5 Long Island native plays at Friar's Head.
103 Ainge, Danny 5.6 Celtics exec won two NBA titles as a Boston guard.
T-104 Harrington, Joey 5.7 QB signed with Falcons after release by Dolphins.
T-104 Inge, Brandon 5.7 Tigers 3B made last out in '06 World Series.
T-104 Smith, Ozzie 5.7 Hall of Fame SS played in '06 AT&T as a 14.
T-107 Blue, Vida 6 A's pitcher was 24-8 as '71 Cy Young MVP.
T-107 Eruzione, Mike 6 Captained “Miracle on Ice” team in '80 Olympics.
T-107 Gardocki, Chris 6 Steelers punter lives in Hilton Head.
T-107 Linden, Trevor 6 Vancouver Canuks all-time points leader.
T-107 Morrow, Brenden 6 Stars captain severed wrist tendons in December.
T-107 Starks, John 6 Ex-Knicks guard works in team's front office.
T-107 Tanguay, Alex 6 Calgary forward's wish: a dinner with Tiger.
T-107 Wagner, Billy 6 Mets closer likes to play golf during road trips.
117 Orr, Bobby 6.1 Hockey legend voted Boston's greatest athlete.
118 Alworth, Lance 6.2 First AFL player in Pro Football Hall of Fame.
T-119 Kidd, Jason 6.6 Nets star has played in Lake Tahoe tournament.
T-119 Marinaro, Ed 6.6 Actor was Heisman Trophy runner-up in '71.
T-121 Aguirre, Mark 7 Knicks assistant averaged 20 ppg as player.
T-121 Becker, Boris 7 Tennis great plays most of his golf at outings.
T-121 Dempster, Ryan 7 Former starter is now closer for the Cubs.
T-121 Fernandez, Lisa 7 Softball pitcher won Olympic gold in '96, '00, '04.
T-121 Hoffman, Trevor 7 Baseball's all-time leader with 482 saves.
T-121 Matsuzaka, Daisuke 7 Red Sox rookie learning English from Golf Channel.
T-121 McCardell, Keenan 7 Ninth all-time in NFL receptions with 861.
T-121 Rivers, Doc 7 Played 13 NBA seasons; Celtics coach since '04.
T-121 Roethlisberger, Ben 7 Steelers QB briefly dated LPGA's Natalie Gulbis.
T-121 Smith, Emmitt 7 NFL's all-time leading rusher plays AT&T and Hope.
T-121 Turco, Marty 7 Stars goalie has played at Winged Foot.
132 Cousy, Bob 7.3 Celtics legend, now 78, won five straight NBA titles.
T-133 Houtson, Allan 7.4 Bad knee forced Knicks guard into retirement.
T-133 Rodgers, Aaron 7.4 Packers backup QB was first-round pick in '05.
135 Mikita, Stan 7.5 David Toms' caddie married Mikita's daughter.
T-136 Ditka, Mike 7.6 Plays at Olde Florida and Golf Club of the Everglades.
T-136 Erstad, Darin 7.6 White Sox CF in 12th season.
138 McCarron, Chris 7.8 Hall of Fame jockey retired in 2002.
T-139 Coles, Bimbo 7.9 Ex-Heat guard belongs to La Gorce in Miami Beach.
T-139 Pettitte, Andy 7.9 Back with Yankees after stint with Houston Astros.
141 Brady, Tom 8 Patriots QB plays AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
T-141 Faulk, Marshall 8 Rams running back retired from NFL in March.
T-141 Griese, Bob 8 Dolphins Hall of Famer is an ABC broadcaster.
T-141 Kovalev, Alexei 8 One of Montreal's top scorers in 14th NHL season.
T-141 Wright, David 8 Mets third baseman hit .311 with 26 HRs in '06.
T-141 Schilling, Curt 8 Red Sox pitcher hosts ALS tourney in Arizona.
T-147 Banks, Ernie 8.1 Mr. Cub played with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett.
T-147 Brown, Tim 8.1 Had golf rivalry with Jerry Rice while with the Raiders.
149 Yount, Robin 8.5 Brewers Hall of Famer was A.L. MVP in'82, '89.
150 Tkachuk, Keith 8.7 Atlanta Thrashers LW is playing 15th NHL season.
151 McGriff, Fred 8.8 Baseball's “Crime Dog” hit 493 career HRs.
152 Clark, Dwight 8.9 No. 87 made The Catch for 49ers 25 years ago.
153 Barry, Rick 9 Hall of Famer named among NBA's 50 Greatest.
154 Bennett, Cornelius 9.2 Former Bill was AFC Defensive Player of Year.
155 Niekro, Phil 9.5 Baseball's winningest knuckleballer (318 wins).
156 Bailey, Jerry 9.7 Hall of Fame jockey won Kentucky Derby in '93, '96.
156 Bledsoe, Drew 9.7 Former Pats, Cowboys QB has time to golf after being released in March.
T-158 De La Hoya, Oscar 10 Boxing's golden boy has been a champion in six weight divisions.
T-158 Dickerson, Eric 10 Hall of Fame running back with Rams, Colts plays occasionally in Celebrity Tour events.
T-158 Jones, Chipper 10 Braves third baseman and '99 N.L. MVP counts PGA Tour's Chris DiMarco as a buddy.
T-158 Miller, Bode 10 Skiing's bad boy takes casual approach to game.
T-158 Navratilova, Martina 10 Tennis star won't discuss golf, but she likes the game.
T-158 Pujols, Albert 10 Cardinals first baseman hosts benefit tournament in June.
T-158 Williams, Jason 10 Guard won NBA title with Heat in '06.
166 Vrabel, Mike 10.3 Pats LB has hole-in-one, dreams of senior tour.
167 Johnson, Davey 10.5 Gold Glove Oriole; managed Mets to World Series.
T-168 Cauthen, Steve 10.7 Jockey was last to win Triple Crown (Affirmed, '78)
T-168 Killebrew, Harmon 10.7 Twins Hall of Famer is eight on all-time HR list.
T-168 Namath, Joe 10.7 Broadway Joe posted 20 scores in five weeks in '07.
171 Hamilton, Scott 10.9 Figure skater took up golf after his 1984 Olympic gold.
T-172 Bonds, Barry 11 Has home-run length but hits lots of foul balls.
T-172 Doleac, Michael 11 Heat center says medicine will be next career.
T-172 Lidge, Brad 11 Astros closer got win in a six-pitcher no-hitter.
T-172 Robert, Brian 11 Orioles 2B says golf has helped his baseball.
177 Havlicek, John 11.2 Celtics legend plays in Massachusetts.
T-178 Gretzky, Wayne 11.3 Despite coaching in Phoenix, The Great One plays in Southern California.
T-178 Butkus, Dick 11.3 Hall of Fame linebacker for the Bears plays lots of golf in Southern California.
180 Dawson, Toby 11.8 Mogul bronze-medalist in '06 Winter Olympics.
T-181 Federer, Roger 12 Tennis' No. 1 has hand-eye to be a scratch golfer.
T-181 Frye, Charlie 12 Started 13 games at QB for Cleveland Browns in '06.
T-181 Rice, Jim 12 One MVP in his 16 seasons for the Red Sox.
T-181 Russell, Bill 12 Celtics great made 54-hole cut at '01 AT&T.
T-181 Williams, Herb 12 Knicks assistant played 18 NBA seasons.
T-181 Williams, Woody 12 Back home in Houston as Astros starting pitcher.
187 McMahon, Jim 12.1 Bears '86 Super Bowl QB likes to play barefoot.
188 Johnson, Randy 12.4 Back with D'Backs after two seasons with Yankees.
189 Cunningham, Billy 12.5 76ers player and coach tees it up at Jupiter Hills in Florida.
T-190 Kelly, Jim 13 Four-time Super Bowl QB prefers hunting, fishing.
T-190 Ripken Jr., Cal 13 Plays at Caves Valley near Baltimore.
190 Robinson, Brooks 13 Orioles Hall of Famer turns 70 in May.
193 Coleman, Vince 13.8 Former Cardinal stole 752 bases.
T-194 Allen, Marcus 14 Hall of Fame running back works hard on game.
T-194 Heap, Todd 14 Ravens TE plays in Arizona during off-season.
194 Tomlinson, LaDainian 14 NFL's MVP practices and plays often at Maderas G.C. in San Diego.
T-194 Whalen, Lindsay 14 WNBA point guard for the Connecticut Sun.
T-194 Hudson, Tim 14 Braves pitcher has tourney with Smoltz, Francoeur.
T-194 Moreno, Jaime 14 D.C. United star is second all-time scorer in MLS.
200 Bonilla, Bobby 14.3 Ex-Pirate plays at Manhattan Woods near NYC.
201 Esposito, Phil 14.4 Hockey Hall of Famer plays celebrity golf events.
202 Taylor, Jason 14.6 Dolphins DE and Defensive Player of the Year.
203 Leonard, Sugar Ray 14.8 Plays at Riviera, home of the Nissan Open.
204 Nash, Steve 15 Suns guard was NBA's MVP the last two seasons.
T-205 Bruschi, Tedy 15.2 Patriots LB likes to play golf and the saxophone.
T-205 Harris, Al 15.2 Packers CB enjoys wearing knickers when playing.
207 Olsen, Merlin 16.9 Part of Rams Fearsome Foursome.
208 Walker, Antoine 17 See the Heat forward swing on youtube.com.
T-209 Aaron, Hank 18 Expects to be playing golf when Bonds hits No. 756.
T-209 Blanton, Dain 18 Olympic gold-medalist in beach volleyball in '00.
T-209 Chastain, Brandi 18 Bra-baring soccer star plays golf in San Jose area.
T-209 Donovan, Landon 18 L.A. Galaxy, U.S. national team's scoring threat.
T-209 Lee, Derek 18 Cubs first baseman won N.L. batting title in '05.
214 Blair Cruikshank, Bonnie 18.6 Former speed skater plays at home in Wisconsin.
215 Waltrip, Michael 19.3 Daytona 500 win marred by Dale Earnhardt's death.
216 Montana, Joe 22.1 Bad knees limit his time on the golf course.
217 Berra, Yogi 25 Quotable Yankee plays Bob Hope Classic every year.
217 Lewis, Lennox 25 Former heavyweight champ is new to the game.
219 Lobo, Rebecca 26 Ex-WNBA star was '95 college player of the year.
220 Jeter, Derek 30 Friends tell us the Yankee shortstop is capable of breaking 100, but he probably won't get serious about golf until his baseball career ends. He does host a celebrity golf event for his Turn 2 Foundation.
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