Golf Digest came up with a unique survey for its September issue — its first ranking of the “Good Guys” on the PGA Tour.
Topping the list was former Illini Steve Stricker, which would come as little surprise. But the magazine put together criteria and surveyed a variety of people who could best answer the questions — tournament directors, locker room attendants, players, caddies, media, golf administrators and tournament volunteers. They were asked to score active players they know personally from 1 (awful) to 10 (great).
The criteria included the players’ personal involvement in charity, being friendly to fans, gracious to the “little people” (drivers, attendants, volunteers), being nice when no one is looking, being good ambassadors for the sport, media friendly and keeping their entourages friendly.
Stricker had an average score of 9.25.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Joe Durant, Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson. Five of them are in the top 10 in the world ranking. The one that stands out his Joe Durant, who lost his card and played this year through limited status as a past champion and on the Web.com Tour. Durant’s “Good Guy” rating was 8.25 to rank No. 6.
The issue was made available Tuesday on tablets.