I was begrudgingly forced to watch golf as a very young lad by my father, who kept reminding me that watching Sir Nick Faldo should be seen as an honour.
Obviously I never felt quite so strongly, but when Tiger Woods broke all sorts of records at Augusta in 1997 I was suddenly hooked on not only him but also the game.
Yet as I’ve got older I have struggled to affiliate myself to one particular golfer quite as proudly as my father did for Faldo.
I felt ashamed to say I had no ‘favourite golfer’.
Woods himself was just too good and too dominant, Sergio Garcia was slightly too mental and Ian Poulter wore an Arsenal top at a tournament in Abu Dhabi which upset me (a Chelsea fan) a great deal.
Then in 2007 I witnessed a golfer who showed me all the hallmarks of a potential ‘Pacelli favourite’.
Brandt Snedeker waltzed through a delightful 61 at the Buick Invitational, displaying incredible iron play and quite astonishing putting abilities.
Ever since then it has been a pleasure to follow ‘Sneds’ on his journey to the summit of world golf, culminating in a glorious FedEx Cup win last year, earning both of us some money in the process – admittedly he banked slightly more than me.
Watching him win the Canadian Open on Sunday re-affirmed why I can happily call him my favourite golfer.
He led from the front with intelligence and whilst 3 shots clear on the 17th, he was still agitated for not holing a birdie putt, still smiling, still having fun.
No one plays with such poise and elegance in as little time as Snedeker does.
To watch a high-level pro not dally around for an eternity is so refreshing (take a note Keegan Bradley) and to always do it with a smile only helps.
Although I am upset that my attempts to copy his brisk and perfect putting stroke have come to no avail, I love the fact that Sneds can challenge anyone in the world whilst not being one of these mundane big-hitters that dominate the modern game.
He may not reach the same heights as Faldo and I may never be able to say to my children that it should be considered an honour to watch him, but what I can say is that I do have a favourite golfer.
Also, when you get a chance, put a picture of Jamie Donaldson and Brandt Snedeker next to each other and let your eyes will do the rest…