Golf Monthly's selection of the top celebrity golfers
Sugar Ray Leonard
The former boxer who won world titles in five different weight divisions reckons that “Marvin Hagler wasn’t scary. But a downhill three-footer — now that’s scary.”
He says: “I wish I’d found this sport years ago. Golf has made me more balanced. Other places, my mind races. On the course, my mind is calm, focused, ordered, like it was in the ring. Golf gives me peace.”
The future film star used to caddy to pay his way through college. He was hired for six days shooting on Caddyshack when he improvised all his lines. He has been a regular in pro ams, written Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf and launched a line of golf clothing.
The US president will have time on his hands in future, so can play more golf. Mind you, he has not exactly stinted on his golf in the past few years: It has been calculated that Barack Obama has played more rounds of golf during his presidency than Tiger Woods has.
He got into golf when he was taken by his father to play at Big Creek golf course near Memphis. Years later, when the course was under threat of being turned into a housing development, he and his father bought the course.
The singer sees similarities between his day job and his favourite sport: “The golf swing is very, very rhythmic. There’s a certain tempo to it, just like in music. It just made sense to me.”
US presidents have long favoured golf as their relaxation, notably Ike Eisenhower, with even occasional golfers such as Ronald Reagan taking a golf break at Augusta to unwind during his term of office — although in his case his relaxation was hindered by a gunman taking hostages in the pro shop.
But none has approached golf as business as Donald Trump has, Trump has bought and built courses around the world, notably Turnberry. But don’t suggest a three ball with another of our celebrity golfers, Samuel L Jackson, after Jackson publicly accused Trump of cheating when they played together.