Golf is normally seen as one of the most gentlemanly and respectful spot out there. There are rarely altercations between players or any big showing of emotions, like these sometimes is in other sports. But that doesn’t mean golf hasn’t had its fair share of juicy and absurd scandals, including these three memorable examples.
1. The Dustin Johnson Scandal
In recent years, Dustin Johnson has sort of developed a “bad boy” reputation for doing some less than favorable things. If failing drug tests for marijuana and cocaine weren’t enough, there have also been ramblings that he has had affairs with other player’s wives. The best thing for Johnson is to just stay out of the spotlight for a while, but that can be hard when you are married to Wayne Gretzky’s daughter.
2. The Jane Blalock Scandal
We’re going a bit back for this one, but it absolutely deserves a spot in this article. Blalock was a golfer on the LPGA tour in the 70’s and 80’s, but her scandal largely took place in the early to mid 70’s. She was first in the news for allegedly signing a scorecard wrong on purpose and refusing to take a penalty and it was also reported she had moved her ball on various occasions. After trying for years to penalize her for this, the courts ultimately claimed no wrongdoing on her part and she went on to accumulate 27 tour wins, but is still a polarizing figure to this day.
3. The Tiger Woods Scandal
We all know this one, and it is without a doubt the biggest scandal to ever grace the world of golf. Tiger Woods was the face of golf for years and was solely responsible for bringing millions of eyes to the sport. However, in 2009, it was revealed that Woods had not only cheated on his wife, but had been doing so for a while with multiple different women. This not only cost him a good standing by most in the public, but also millions of dollars in endorsements and was never able to return to his previous level of glory.