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Shooter McGavin: The Greatest Golfer of All Time?

Updated on July 5, 2013

You know what he eats for breakfast? Excellence?

Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer...
These are the names that come to mind when you think, "who is the greatest golfer of all time?"
And why wouldn't you?
Think of all those major championship wins, think of all the great finishes at the Masters, those improbable comebacks that, I know, we'll never forget.
But of all these heroes, these iconic masters of the drive, pro's of the putt, there is one man who must be mentioned above them all.
Shooter Evelyn McGavin has changed the face of the sport.
An incredible drive, both from the tee and in his heart, the ability to move the ball from anywhere on or off the course, and a putt so accurate that Drew Brees had to go and get classes.
( An incredible putt and celebration by Shooter)
With that hair, with those moves, with all that talent, why don't we all consider him the best? Why doesn't he get the Michael Jordan treatment he so obviously deserves?
He has yet to win a PGA Title.
Nope, no gold jacket for Shooter.
Just like Dan Marino, all of his wins and stats seem meaningless without that big title.
He came close in 1996, notching wins at every course leading up to the final putt of the final hole of the final course, where he was robbed by a miraculous, if illegal, putt by freakshow, Happy Gilmore. (
Since then, things haven't been the same for McGavin. After an understandable moment of hysteria in the '96 finals, he was assaulted by a man known only as "Mr. Larson", a crime, that inexplicably, was never successful in court, citing that "guns don't kill people, he kills people".
Nowadays, Shooter plays around with real estate, buying hand built homes with emotional significance, rapping ("Just stay out of my way... or you'll pay! LISTEN to what I say!" is my favorite), convincing new golfers to meet at hole 9 at 9, and actively commenting on sports via Twitter (


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      Ryan Smith 4 years ago

      I go some awful news halfway through this hub, sorry it could've been more.

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