When it comes to tour pro golfers with animal nicknames, it’s a right old menagerie out on the world's fairways. Try these ten for starters…

The Golden Bear

18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus much preferred this to “Ohio Fats” – the nickname Arnold Palmer fans gave him in his more portly early days because of the threat he posed to their hero.

Jack Nicklaus

The Golden Bear on the Major prowl one final time at Augusta in 1986

The Great White Shark

Greg Norman’s blond hair and aggressive golf made this the perfect nickname, but it sometimes came back to haunt him rather cruelly with “toothless” jibes from the media when things went wrong in Majors.

The Great White Shark striding to his first Open Championship at Turnberry in 1986

The Great White Shark striding to his first Open Championship at Turnberry in 1986

The Walrus

It would be hard to believe that any golfer has ever looked more like his mammalian counterpart than Craig Stadler? Thus far, tour pro son Kevin, has failed to take on a similarly walrus-like appearance.

Craig Stadler: never has a man looked more like a walrus

Craig Stadler: never has a man looked more like a walrus

The Hawk

One of the original golfers with animal nicknames, Ben Hogan was known as The Hawk for his uncanny ability to survey a course and then execute a precision attack.

The legend that was Ben Hogan aka The Hawk

The legend that was Ben Hogan aka The Hawk

The Goose

A commentator’s dream. When Retief is playing well it’s a surefire bet that it won’t be long before “The Goose is really cooking today” issues forth from the lips of someone in the booth.

The Goose was certainly cooking in the 2004 US Open

The Goose was certainly cooking in the 2004 US Open

El Gato

Genial Argentinean Eduardo Romero was apparently once asked by a US interviewer, unfamiliar with the Spanish for cat, just why he was called “the cake”. Christened El Gato as he apparently stalked around like big cat checking out his shots.

Eduardo Romero: the cat that got the cream... or should we say 'el gato que tiene la crema'

Eduardo Romero: the cat that got the cream… or should we say ‘el gato que tiene la crema’

El Pato

Mighty-hitting double Major winner Angel Cabrera says his Spanish “duck” nickname comes from his father, also called “pato”. Others say it is down to his unusual waddling gait…

Angel Cabrera - 2007 U.S. Open Champion

El Pato with the US Open trophy in 2007

The Elk

Working out how sweet-swinging Aussie Steve Elkington got this moosey moniker is hardly rocket science.

Steve Elkington

The Elk pinches the 1995 USPGA from under Monty’s nose

Snake

Left-handed Aussie Greg Chalmers’ tour nickname. Think about it – snake, Chalmers…

Chalmers... The Snake... obvious really

Chalmers… The Snake… obvious really

The Bulldog

Anyone who watched the unrelentingly tenacious Corey Pavin at his best in the 1990s will understand exactly how this one came about.

This shot from the 1991 Ryder Cup explains The Bulldog nickname perfectly

This shot from the 1991 Ryder Cup explains The Bulldog nickname perfectly