10 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
TIGER WOODS, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose will be among the stars going for victory at Augusta National when The Masters gets underway on Thursday.
But while the favourites to take the coveted green jacket are up there with the biggest names in sport, even their fame is eclipsed by some of the celebrities who call themselves golf fans.
Jessica Alba is one of the stars who loves playing golf
Here The Sun Online takes a look at the Hollywood stars, pop singers, and political heavyweights who make up golf’s amateur hall of fame…
Ageing rocker Cooper might be best known for a life of outrageous stage shows and heavy-metal tendencies.
But the 71-year-old has long made time for the more gentle pleasure of a round of golf.
The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is not just an excellent amateur, playing off a reported handicap of 5.3, but he also claims the sport saved his life as it helped him overcome alcoholism.
He once said: “I traded one addiction for another. But golf is the crack of sports.
“Once I took it seriously I loved it. It absolutely saved my life.”
When he’s not playing to sold-out arenas, Alice Cooper enjoys a quieter life on the course
It even prompted him to write a book: ‘Alice Cooper: Golf Monster – A Rock ’n’ Roller’s 12 Steps To Becoming a Golf Addict’.
There are certainly worse things to be addicted to.
As the face of one of the biggest events on America’s PGA Tour, Bill Murray has become part of the furniture on the pro-am golf circuit.
The funnyman hosts the prestigious AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which each year draws the great and the good to the famous venue on California’s shores.
Bill Murray’s love of golf has seen him star in a cult classic and launch his own clothing range
Murray’s love of golf extends into his working life – he once starred in a cult golf movie, 1980’s Caddyshack, and even has his own range of clothing for the course.
The Sin City actress takes her golf very seriously and once teamed up with John Daly at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in China.
Jessica Alba once partnered John Daly in a pro-am competition
Her handicap is reported to sit around the 22 mark, but more impressive is the fact she can drive the ball 200 yards.
Daly is famous for his length off the tee too, but he has a little more weight behind his shots…
When he’s not busy running the most powerful country in the world or tweeting to his multi-millions of followers, Donald Trump can be found on one of his many exclusive golf courses.
The 45th US President and real-estate mogul began developing courses in 1999 and now reportedly owns 17 of the things.
There are reports Donald Trump might be a little less than honest when he plays golf
As President, Trump is known to enjoy regular rounds, playing with politicians and foreign leaders as he works on them with his famous deal-making.
But there are also reports he might not be the most honest of golfing buddies, with a new book branding him the ‘Commander-in-cheat’ on the course.
He might be one of Trump’s chief rivals, but the North Korean leader shares something in common with the US President – a love of golf.
The two strongmen supposedly discussed playing a round together at their historic meeting in Singapore last year, although the outing never happened.
King Jong-Un and Donald Trump were reportedly going to play golf together
It’s not known how good Kim is, but if the stories are to be believed then he had plenty of opportunity to learn from the best.
His dad, former leader Kim Jong-Il, apparently shot a 38-under in his first ever round. That included a staggering five holes-in-one.
Of course, no one in North Korea is going to disagree with that…
Most golfers need a decent slice of luck off the tee, but Clint Eastwood is probably sick of the jokes whenever he stands over a drive.
The Hollywood legend’s iconic line of ‘do I feel lucky’, from 1971’s Dirty Harry, is one that runs through many an amateur’s head before they tee off.
Clint Eastwood is a keen golfer and plays in Bill Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach
Eastwood has taken part in Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.
This year, he had three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo on the bag for the Celebrity Challenge on the Wednesday before the main event.
With a caddie of that calibre reading his putts, it’s little surprise Team Eastwood came home with the top prize.
Only a select few can wear Augusta’s famous green jacket without actually winning the first major of the season – Microsoft founder Gates is one of the them.
The multi-billionaire is one of the 300 members at Augusta National who get to don the iconic jacket when on club premises.
Bill Gates is one of a select few members at Augusta National
However, Gates could probably do with spending some of his estimated $99.7 billion (£73.4bn) on a swing coach.
He’s reported to play off a handicap in the mid-20s.
The Desperate Housewives star is a long-time golf fan and at one point fronted a campaign by club maker Calloway to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
Eva Longoria fronted a campaign by golf kit manufacturer Calloway
Like other big names in Hollywood, Longoria is a staple on the celebrity golf circuit.
She even once even combined gymnastics with golf when she did a flip on the green in a tournament to benefit the George Lopez Foundation.
Samuel L Jackson
When he’s not starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, L can usually be found on the golf course.
It’s even said he has the option to play golf twice a week written into his film contracts.
Samuel L Jackson was at Le Golf National to support America in last year’s Ryder Cup
He’s called golf ‘the perfect game’ and was in Paris last year to witness Team USA’s defeat by Europe at the Ryder Cup.
But while the American pros might have suffered an historic loss to their European rivals, Jackson was still on a winning team that week.
He partnered Kurt Russell to victory in the celebrity warm-up match.
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Timberlake has a claim to being music’s biggest golf fan.
He’s renovated his childhood course, plays off a handicap of 6, and even saw his name adorn a PGA Tour event for five years.
Justin Timberlake created one of America’s most environmentally-friendly clubs
The former NSYNC star was the celebrity host of The Justin Timberlake Shriners Open between 2008-12.
He also bought the course in Memphis on which he learnt to play before turning it into one of America’s most eco-friendly clubs.
Hollywood beauty Diaz was apparently introduced to golf by her former hubby Timberlake.
Her breakthrough role in Hollywood saw her character hitting balls on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’.
Cameron Diaz was scene on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’
She has even been involved in a sporting crossover on US telly, taking on The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon in a game of ‘roller golf’.
He’s used to playing gigs in front of millions of screaming teens, but One Direction’s Horan loves the peace and quiet of the golf course.
The 25-year-old has been playing since he was a kid and says he finds the sport relaxing – which must mean he has a handy short game.
Niall Horan was once on the bag for this year’s Masters favourite Rory McIlroy
With 1D currently on hiatus, Horan has had plenty of time to work on his swing.
He’s also founded a golf agency and even started a tournament back home – The Northern Ireland Ladies Open.
As a mate of Masters favourite Rory McIlroy, Horan will have his eyes on Augusta this week.
And who can forget his slip in front of the cameras when caddying for McIlroy at the event’s Par 3 Contest back in 2015?
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Evans is such a golf nut he married a professional.
His wife Natasha Shishmanian is a pro-golfer, which gives him something of an advantage when it comes to the pro-am circuit.
The host of Virgin Radio’s Breakfast Show once fronted a golf-themed TV Series – TeeTime – which saw him tour the world’s greatest courses.
Virgin Radio Breakfast Show host Chris Evans is a long-time golf fan
The presenter later found himself in trouble at the home of golf when he was accused of inflating his handicap at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
He won the St Andrews event alongside Nick Dougherty but was reportedly later barred from the competition for life.
Evans denied the claims and joked he’d set up a rival tournament – the Dung Hill Cup.
He has one of the best brains in football and Man City boss Guardiola is known to love the mental test thrown up by golf.
He also said he loved the sport because there are no referees to ruin it with controversial decisions.
Pep Guardiola says he likes the fact there are no referees involved in golf
The Spaniard was on the golf course last year when his Sky Blues won the Premier League title with five games to spare after runners-up Man United lost to West Brom.
He’ll probably being paying a little more attention at the business end of this season…
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