When 2003 Masters champ Mike Weir teed it up at the RBC Canadian Open this weekend, he probably didn’t shock many Canadian golf fans by being at Glen Abbey.
But, for the rest of those who follow the PGA Tour, many probably expressed shock that he is still even playing. It is just his fifth event of the 2018 tour season, one where he has made the cut just once at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.
Weir last won on the tour in 2007 at the Fry’s Electronics Open and his last best finish at a major was a T-8 at the Open Championship in 2007. On the nostalgia side, Weir nearly won the 2004 Canadian Open, also held at the Jack Nicklaus designed Glen Abbey, but lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh.
Weir, who is 257th in the FedEx Cup rankings and not ranked at all on the World Golf Ranking, is among a pretty big group of formerly well-known and successful golfers who we forgot were even still on the PGA Tour.
Here are 20 tour players many golf fans would be hard pressed to recall their former accolades and accomplishments.
20. Lucas Glover
It might has well have been a lifetime ago that Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open in 2009. After winning his first PGA Tour event in 2005, Glover stayed hot for two years, then slumped in 2008. But, he got hot again with some top-5 finishes, culminating in a big two-stroke win over Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and David Duval (remember him?). Since then, Glover has been relatively anonymous in tour circles, winning just once in 2011 and scuffling along the edges of the tour most of the time. He is currently the 130th ranked golfer in the world and 130th in FedEx Cup points after playing 18 events this season. The 38-year-old South Carolinian has one top-10 this year, but not much of anything else. He missed the cut at this year’s U.S. Open, for the seventh year in a row.
19. Chad Campbell
Chad Campbell has won some pretty big tournaments in his 17 years on the PGA Tour, like the Tour Championship in 2003, the Bay Hill in 2004 and The Bob Hope in 2006. He’s never won a major, but for those whose memory is short, he and another relative unknown — at the time — Shaun Micheel, staged an epic bid for the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill, where they entered play on Sunday tied at 4-under. Micheel would prevail by two strokes. Other than that second place finish, Campbell had another close call at the 2009 Masters, where he went to a playoff with Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry. Cabrera won on the first hole to claim the Green Jacket. This season, Campbell is still grinding it out, but is 161st in FedEx Cup points and ranked 325th in the world. His best finish, among many cuts, was a T-7 at the John Deere Classic in mid-July.
18. K.J. Choi
Choi Kyung-Ju, better known as K.J., has been on the PGA Tour since 2000 and has been quite successful, winning eight tournaments (he has many other victories on various Asian tours), including the Memorial and AT&T National in 2007 and the Players Championship in 2011. The latter tournament was his last victory this side of the Pacific and since then he has been too quiet. He’s fallen so far down the rabbit hole that he is 698th ranked in the world and 182nd in FedEx Cup points. Other than the redoubtable Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, where he finished T-5, it’s been a fairly miserable season for the veteran pro. He has missed the cut at seven of 13 PGA Tour events and has played just once since missing the cut at the Zurich Classic on April 29.
17. Ricky Barnes
Barnes thrust himself into the national golf consciousness in 2009, when he went out at a record-setting pace at the U.S. Open, only to collapse horribly in the final round. That year, he set the 36-hole scoring record at Bethpage Black, shooting an 8-under 132 and then early in the third round he became only the fourth player ever to be in double digits under par. He finished Saturday in first and took a one-stroke lead over the aforementioned Lucas Glover into Sunday, only to blow up with a 6-over 76 and finish in a three-way tie for third behind Glover. Today, Barnes is the 560th ranked player in the world and 174th in FedEx points. He, like many players on this list, is scuffling to finish middle of the pack most weeks, if he makes the cut at all (he’s missed it 10 times in 20 tournaments).
16. Stuart Appleby
It’s probably a good thing that Stuart Appleby is just three years removed from being eligible for the Champions (read Seniors) Tour. The 47-year-old Aussie, who has won nine times on the tour, been on five Presidents Cup teams and very nearly won the 2002 Open Championship, is barely hanging on this season. Appleby is ranked 775th in the world and is 197th in FedEx Cup points. He has missed the cut six times in 10 tournaments, with his best finish coming at the FedEx St. Jude Classic where was tied for 12th. At that 2002 British Open in Muirfield, Appleby started the final round nine strokes back of 54-hole leader Ernie Els. Appleby would shoot a superb 65 to finish in a tie with Els, Thomas Levet and Steve Elkington. Appleby and Elkington were out after one playoff hole and Els eventually won out.
15. Bernhard Langer
This past weekend, European tour veteran Langer finished a close second to another oldtimer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, at the Senior British Open. This, after taking his still considerable game to Carnoustie for The Open Championship and finishing an admirable T-24. The two-time Masters Champion is and was one of the best golfers on the planet, having won 42 times on the European Tour (second overall), three times on the PGA Tour (including wins at Augusta in 1985 and 1993) and 37 times on the Champions Tour (also second overall). With a fairly busy schedule in Europe and on the Champions Tour, the 60-year-old German has played in all of two PGA Tour events, but also acquitted himself well at the Masters, finishing in a tie for 38th. His FedEx Cup ranking is 201st with those two tournaments.
14. Jerry Kelly
Kelly is an affable midwesterner who, despite the lack of relative success at the majors, has still made quite a good living at golf, earning nearly $29 million in over 600 starts. The current Champions Tour regular (he joined in 2017 when he turned 50) was also ranked as high as 18th in the world in 2003. This was due to wins in 2002 at the Sony Open and Western Open. His last victory on the tour, where he has played three events this year to go with 15 on the Champions Tour, was in 2009 at the Zurich Classic. He was in the field this year at the Sony Open, finishing tied for 14th and also at the Zurich Classic, where he missed the cut. Kelly’s best finish at a major was in 2007 at the Masters, where he battled to a tie for fifth behind winner Zach Johnson. And, further back in golf history, he was a victim of a Tiger Woods comeback at the 2001 Players Championship.
13. Camilo Villegas
There isn’t one golfer on the tour who has as distinct a method at reading putts as Villegas. Nicknamed “Spiderman” for the way he nearly folds himself into a pretzel to line up his putts, Villegas is still out scuffling on the tour, not having won since 2014 at the Wyndham Championship. He is 188th in FedEx Cup points, but his world golf ranking has sunk to 540th, down from a high of 18th after winning the PGA Tour title with a win at the BMW Championship in 2008. He was at his zenith a decade ago, after finishing tied for ninth at the 2008 U.S. Open and then coming out of nowhere to finish T-4 at the 2008 PGA Championship. Since then, he’s been relatively quiet, with just two tour victories. This season, the 36-year-old Colombian started out not bad, making the cut in five straight events, but has fallen off since, missing it in six of the last nine.
12. Retief Goosen
It wasn’t that long ago — or was it? — that South African Retief Goosen was ranked third in the World Golf Rankings. The popular pro, who miraculously survived a lightning strike while golfing as a teenager, is still maintaining a blistering schedule, despite not having recorded a victory on the tour since 2009. The two-time U.S. Open winner, was part of the dominant “Big Five” era early in the 2000s with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh. He won the U.S. Open in 2001 in a 18-hole playoff and then beat the Mick by two strokes in 2004. Now one year removed from being eligible for the Champions Tour, the 49-year-old Goosen has teed it up in 18 tournaments, his best finish coming in June at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he was T-6.
11. Graeme McDowell
Just eight years ago, Graeme McDowell was the most popular Irish golfer on the planet, but not for long. In 2010, the relatively unknown native of Portrush in Northern Ireland won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. In the process, he became the first Northern Irishman to accomplish the feat, as well as the first European to win it in 40 years. He capped that wonderful season by beating American Hunter Mahan in the last group of the Ryder Cup to give Europe a narrow 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the U.S. Since then, McDowell has won on the European Tour and twice more on the PGA Tour, but nothing since 2015. His best finish at a major since that 2010 U.S. Open triumph was a T-2 at the 2012 U.S. Open. This season, the 188th ranked golfer in the world has played in 19 tournaments with a T-10 his best result. He did play at the RBC Canadian Open, ending up in a tie for 17th (his second best result).
10. Shaun Micheel
Micheel, another candidate for the Champions Tour in 2019, has one PGA Tour victory on this resume and it was a memorable one. In 2003, the Orlando native was on the edge of playing himself off the tour and was ranked 169th in the world entering the PGA Championship at Oak Hill. The big-time underdog played the first two rounds at 3-under par to take a two-shot lead. He was one-under on Saturday, tying him for the lead with Chad Campbell (see above), who he held off by two strokes to become a shocking winner. In 2006, like many other pros on the tour, he would also have to watch a Tiger Woods Sunday flourish at the 2006 PGA Championship, finishing second by a distant five strokes. Lately, Micheel has played more on the second-tier Web.com tour, playing in eight events, while entering just three PGA Tour tournaments, missing the cut in two and finishing T70 at the Barbasol Championship.
9. Robert Allenby
Aussie Allenby has been as famous for winning on the PGA, Australasian and European Tours as he has been for bizarre spats with caddies, fellow golfers and an alleged kidnapping. Now 47 and 17 years removed from his last tour victory, Allenby has played in seven PGA Tour events this season, making the cut in two of them with his best finish a solo 75th at the Byron Nelson. In 2000-01, Allenby enjoyed his best ever stretch of pro golf, winning the 2000 Houston Open and Western Open and then the Nissan Open and Marconi Pennsylvania Classic in 2001. He played fairly well for much of the first decade of this millenium, good enough to be included on Presidents Cup teams three times (of six total). It was at the ’09 and ’11 Presidents Cups that he generated controversy by calling out American Anthony Kim in singles matches, saying Kim had partied all night the night before. Then, after going 0-4 in 2011, he slagged his partners, with one of them, Geoff Ogilvy, taking issue with his remarks to the point the two nearly engaged in fisticuffs.
8. Davis Love III
What ever happened to Davis Love III? The man who has a portion of Interstate-95 in Georgia named after him has been oh-so-quiet on a PGA Tour he was once fairly dominant on not that long ago. The 1997 PGA Championship victor, who is 54, is still maintaining a PGA Tour heavy schedule, with a few Champions Tour events thrown in for good measure. Now a lowly ranked 953rd golfer in the World Golf rankings, Love III has been reduced to a curiosity, a throwback to an era before Tiger Woods turned the tour on its ear. Love III has entered 10 tournaments this season, managing to make the cut in five of them. His best result came at the CIMB Classic last October, when he finished T-28. He’s done marginally better in three tournaments on the Champions Tour, recording a T13 and a T10 at the U.S. Senior Open.
7. Rory Sabbatini
Known as a bit of a hot head, Sabbatini thrust his name into the golf consciousness by winning three tournaments in the early part of the 00’s and then nearly staging a huge come-from-behind triumph at the 2007 Masters. He climbed from well off the leaderboard the first two days to finishing just two strokes behind eventual winner Zach Johnson (a T-2 with Retief Goosen and Tiger Woods). That T-2 was the best he’s done at a major and he hasn’t played in one since missing the cut at the 2015 PGA Championship. Sabbatini has won two tournaments since 2007, the 2009 Byron Nelson and the 2011 Honda Classic. The man who once infamously said that Tiger Woods “was more beatable than ever” after losing to him by five strokes at the 2007 Wachovia Championship, is now just another also-ran on the PGA Tour. The 173rd ranked golfer has played in a thunderous 25 events this year, missing the cut six times and recording one top-10 finish.
6. Padraig Harrington
Just a decade ago, Dublin native Padraig Harrington’s name was right up there with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. After winning his second of two straight Open Championships at Royal Birkdale in 2008, Harrington would jet to third in the World Golf Rankings and solidify that position with a third, and last, major victory at the 2008 PGA Championship. Since that lofty standing, Harrington hasn’t disappeared completely from view, but neither has he really distinguished himself, winning just once more on the PGA Tour (2015 Honda Classic), once on the European Tour and twice on the Asian Tour. He’s now ranked way down and 317th in the world and his 2018 season has been less than memorable. Harrington has missed the cut in seven of 13 PGA Tour events, with a T-28 at the Zurich Classic being his best result.
5. Geoff Ogilvy
Like his Irish compatriot Padraig Harrington, Aussie Geoff Ogilvy was a beast just over a decade ago. In 2005, the Adelaide native got his pro golf ball rolling by winning his first tourney, the Chrysler Classic. He won again a year later at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and then announced himself loudly to the tour at the 2006 U.S. Open. For the first two rounds, he played well enough to sit two strokes back of leader Steve Stricker. By the end of the Saturday round, Ogilvy was one back of the lead held by Kenneth Ferrie and Phil Mickelson. Even though he had a rollercoaster day at Winged Foot on Sunday, Ogilvy scrambled well and won by a single stroke over Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie. He’s won a few tournaments since, but never really capitalized on that sole major triumph. Ogilvy is now a fringe player, ranked 532nd in the world. He’s missed the cut 13 times in 17 tournaments, with no top-10s this season.
4. Angel Cabrera
One of the most beloved golfers on tour, “the Duck” is still attempting to remain relevant, but the results aren’t there anymore. The 2007 U.S. Open Champion and 2009 Masters Champion, Cabrera has missed the cut at Augusta the last two years running and three times in the last five after finishing solo second in 2013. That playoff defeat to Adam Scott in 2013, after beating Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a playoff in 2009, has taken a bit of the edge off Cabrera’s game, as he has been victorious just once since and is really scuffling this season. The wildly popular Argentinian has entered just five events in 2018, finishing T-34 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He withdrew after one round at Pebble Beach, then missed the cut at three straight, his last at the Byron Nelson in May.
3. Trevor Immelman
A year before Angel “the Duck” Cabrera donned his first and only Green Jacket at Augusta, South African Trevor Immelman came back from invasive surgery that forced him to miss much of the start to the 2008 season to beat Tiger Woods by three strokes at the Masters. Injuries, though, would rear their ugly head and since that big triumph Immelman has pretty much been a non-factor on the PGA Tour, enough that he had to go into the Web.com Tour Finals in 2013 just to retain his PGA Tour card in 2014. Now ranked way down at 426th in the world, Immelman has entered just two PGA Tour events in 2018, tying for 77th at the Corales Puntacana Club Championship and missing the cut at the Masters. He did, however, finish in the tie for third at the Scottish Open in mid-July, so all isn’t that bad in Immelman’s life.
2. Hunter Mahan
It’s a little hard to believe now, but just six years ago Hunter Mahan was the top-rated American in golf, coming in at no. 4 in the World Golf Rankings. That heady year was started with a victory over Rory McIlroy in the WGC Accentur Match Play Championship and followed up by a fifth PGA Tour triumph at the Shell Houston Open. As late as 2014, Mahan was in the mix of the best players on tour, winning his sixth tour event, the FedEx Cup playoff event at the Barclays, which also pushed his standing up enough to be included as a member of the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. However, his golf game went way downhill after 2014, to the point he had to go to the Web.com tour finals in 2017 to retain his PGA Tour privileges. For the most part, he is back, but has had mixed results this 2018 season. Mahan has entered 19 tournaments and missed the cut in six. His best result was a T-7 at the Barbasol Championship.
1. John Daly
The hair is no longer mulleted but the ubiquitous smokes and colorful golf wear are still there as the now 52-year-old John Daly stalks the fairways of the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. Still one of the most popular players in professional golf, Daly is long removed from his major championship victories at the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 Open Championship. In fact, his last victory came at the 2004 Buick Invitational, but there he is on golf telecasts to this day, adding fun and unpredictability to the tour. Most of his PGA Tour starts are courtesy of sponsor’s exemptions — because he draws — and Daly has entered six tournaments this year. But, he has missed the cut three times, withdrew once and had a T-65 as his best finish. He’s done much better on the Champions Tour, logging four top 10s in 11 tournaments. Daly even flashed some of his former brilliance, shooting an opening round 69 at St. Andrews (site of his ’95 Open Championship), but ended up T-50 in the end.