17 Things You Didn't Know About These Golf Legends
March 02, 2015
Lee Trevino once punched the mayor of El Paso on live TV.
Fred Couples' first nickname was "Downtown" after "Downtown" Freddie Brown of the Seattle Supersonics.
Raymond Floyd in his teens turned down a contract to pitch in the Cleveland Indians organization.
Gary Player used to win bets walking on his hands all the way around the edge of billiard tables.
Chi Chi Rodriguez used to box in the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico for money.
Peter Alliss does not know how to swim.
Hale Irwin played defensive back, was All-Big 8 at Colorado.
Jack Nicklaus once had polio.
Ben Hogan, then 9-years-old, was in the room when his father committed suicide.
Sam Snead's mother gave birth to him at age 49.
Mark Calcavecchia grew up on a 9-hole course with sand greens.
Byron Nelson at one point owned 17,000 laying hens.
Growing up, Greg Norman used to shoot sharks because they would often interfere with his fishing.
Nick Faldo dropped out of school when he was 16.
Billy Casper was a connoisseur of exotic meats, trying hippo and elk before settling on his favorite, buffalo.
Ben Crenshaw named three of his cats after famous golfers -- Francis Ouimet, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones.
Jim Thorpe could hold 8 golf balls in one of his hands.