Which golfer would you like to play a round with Sportsmail contributors take their pick…
21:47 GMT, 6 April 2012
If you could play a round with any golfer, who would you choose Here, Sportsmail contributors make their choices and give you the reasons.
I played with Luke Donald, the world No 1, and played well. One under at St Andrews on the last day at the Dunhill Links. To watch them close up is amazing. They are in a different league. He’s a smashing fella and brought the best golf out of me, but don’t mention the three days before when I was terrible!
Impressed: Jamie Redknapp found Luke Donald to be 'amazing'
Bobby Jones. For me, the single most fascinating golfer of all time. A lawyer by profession, he competed very successfully as an amateur in the 1920s, while continuing to manage his law firm.
He retired from competitive golf in 1930 at the age of 28, having won all four Grand Slam titles in one year. What to do next Why not oversee the construction of Augusta National, start the Masters, write books and newspaper articles, appear in movies… an extraordinary life, by any standard.
The modern world is full of gym freaks smashing balls into orbit with drivers with heads like bin lids. This is not how golf was meant to played.
Lee Trevino – the squat little Texan – won his tournaments thanks to a vivid imagination, hands that could have belonged to a sculptor and a golf swing that was able to move the ball both ways and – when necessary – keep it below the wind.
These days they would call him a weirdo. He was actually a genius.
Eccentric: Lee Trevino was a genius
I followed ‘The Wild Thing’ at The Open. When he was on the tee I noticed his ball had a picture of a warthog on it. 'Why do you have a snorting pig on your ball' I asked. He replied: 'It makes me think of one of my ex wives – and I hit it further.'
Not only does John Daly provide laughs, but if it was one of his ‘erratic’ days he’d be in the rough as often than me, we’d probably stop for a beer at the ninth and I’d always be better dressed than him.
Tony Jacklin. I taught myself to play golf using nothing more than a Jacklin book I received when I was 14. There are certain tips I still use to this day.
Seve was such a gent, such a player, such a lovely man. It would be a round of fun, a round of joy. If I could choose a course on which to play him, it would be Hampton Court Palace, which is my club. That might even things up… just a bit.
True gent: Seve Ballesteros (left) was respected by all
For all the genius of Jack Nicklaus, Seve and Tiger, there is one golfer above all who represents my dream companion. Even now when he is 82 and struggles to drive the ball 200 yards.
He is the one and only Arnold Palmer, aka The King, the father of modern golf, a man so loved and so connected that he might have become President. The word aura could have been invented for him.
Walter Hagen was not just an 11-time major winner, but a man who saw the future in professional sport. He was the prototype modern sportsman and probably the first who made himself a millionaire through it.
Charismatic, extravagantly attired and ahead of his time. And anyone who came out with his line, ‘Don’t worry, don’t hurry, you’re only here for a short visit so be sure you smell the flowers along the way’, must be worth playing a round with.
Leader: Walter Hagen was the prototype modern sportsman