Golf is an always changing landscape as there are numerous different championships and tournaments each year that can turn a regular player into a star. However, there are only a few real and true superstars in golf, littered by a bunch of players who has been overrated due to a very brief period of their career. Here is a list of three of the most overrated golfers of recent memory.
1. Lee Westwood
Even though he has made a ton of money throughout his career, his career has largely been a disappointment, yet some people still overrate him. Westwood has been a pro for over 20 years now and has only picked up two PGA tour victories. Somehow, he was actually ranked as the number one golfer in the world for a 22 week span in 2010 and 2011. While yes, he has had numerous 2nd and 3rd finishes at the Masters, he has never been able to be the champion and has had to settle for second best over and over.
2. Michelle Wie
In the early to mid-2000s, this girl was all the rage in the golf world and many thought she could one day go on to be the Tiger Woods of the LPGA. She turned professional before her 16th birthday and this garnered her a ton of publicity and endorsements. Unfortunately, she never really was able to live up to the hype. Though she won her first major in 2014, she has only four professional wins in her career. While she is still young and could eventually become great, she will never match the lofty expectations that people set for her.
3. Luke Donald
His situation is fairly similar to that of Westwood, but to an even higher degree. While having five professional wins since turning pro in 2001 isn’t the worst, it definitely doesn’t warrant the fact that he spent almost a year as the number one golfer in the world in 2011 and 2012. Now if you are thinking it was a big major win or some great finishes at a major that led to this spot, you’d be wrong. His best finishes at a major is 3rd place and those came back in 2005 and 2006, years before his long 40 week reign as the number one golfer in the world.