Most approachable players in pro golf

Jordan Spieth shakes hands with fans on the 15th hole during the final round of the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Most approachable players in pro golf

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Most approachable players in pro golf

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What is that athlete like in real life?

It’s a question fans often ask, and there’s certainly no exception with golf. Many of the sport’s fans want to know what the golfers are actually like. After all they want to feel like they’re rooting on nice people.

So with that in mind, we’ll help you out here. We’ve compiled a list of the most “approachable” players in professional golf (OK, mainly the PGA Tour and LPGA). By approachable, we simply mean the nice male and female pro golfers, the ones fans could most see themselves getting a drink with (although not alcohol for those under 21 on this list) to know more about.

This list is in no way comprehensive. There are plenty of nice pro golfers you won’t find here. These are simply the top names that come to mind when we think “approachable.” With that caveat, here in alphabetical order are the most “approachable” players in pro golf.

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Aaron Baddeley

Jason Day

Jason Day

Jason Day

Being World No. 1 hasn’t affected Day’s ego. He grew up in difficult circumstances and has never forgotten how grateful he is to be in this position. A consummate family man, too.

Luke Donald

Ernie Els

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler smirks at his own Fathead.

Rickie Fowler smirks at his own Fathead.

OK, maybe the Rickie Fatheads on course were a little creepy. But Fowler took them in stride. It’s no mystery why he’s a fan favorite: Yes, he wears colorful clothes, but he also freely shares his life on social media and has a total lack of pretense.

Jim Furyk

Jaye Marie Green

Natalie Gulbis

Natalie Gulbis

Natalie Gulbis

Long a fan favorite on the LPGA, Gulbis remains stuck on just one career Tour win, but her connection with people has helped her popularity endure.

Bill Haas

James Hahn

Padraig Harrington

Andrew “Beef” Johnston

England's Andrew Johnston makes his mark on America.

England’s Andrew Johnston

Do we really need to explain this one? It’s “Beef,” man! The guy has been unbelievably appreciative of the fan support he’s received since bursting onto the scene earlier this year. We think the only thing he’s rejected was changing his nickname to “Tofu,” but spurning that ridiculous request was more than justified.

Ariya/Mo Jutanugarn

Martin Kaymer

Katherine Kirk

Kevin Kisner

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

Whatever Ko’s recent changes – firing her caddie and coach – the teenager is known as one of the nicest players on the LPGA. She’s Exhibit A that you don’t have to be a jerk to have the killer instinct to dominate a sport.

Russell Knox

Matt Kuchar

Alison Lee

Alison Lee

Alison Lee

You could certainly understand if Alison Lee had a bit of a big head considering how she continues to successfully juggle pro golf, school and being in a sorority – all at the same time. But the person who seems to be the least impressed about this balancing act is Lee herself. She’s a great young talent, but her personality has also earned her fanfare in her young career.

Brittany Lincicome

Pernilla Lindberg

Davis Love III

Mo Martin

Graeme McDowell

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Thumbs up for this one! This should come as no surprise considering the stories of Mickelson’s above and beyond approach to tipping and signing autographs.

Ai Miyazato

Louis Oosthuizen

Justin Rose

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu (right) takes part in a selfie at the CME Group Tour Championship.

So Yeon Ryu (right) takes part in a selfie at the CME Group Tour Championship.

A major champion and three-time LPGA winner overall, Ryu has never lost her charm. She has gushed about the kindness and friendships other LPGA players have allowed her to have. Sounds like what an approachable person would say.

Adam Scott

Brandt Snedeker

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth

Spieth comes from a really good family and has stayed incredibly grounded despite in 2015 arguably coming closer to winning the modern Grand Slam than any golfer in history. He readily admits, too, that his special needs sister Ellie is actually the best thing that has happened to his family. Oh, and Spieth knows how to have a good time, as well.

Henrik Stenson

Steve Stricker

Kris Tamulis

Yani Tseng

Harold Varner III

Alison Walshe

Cheyenne Woods

Cheyenne Woods

Cheyenne Woods

She may have to put up with a lot of questions about her famous uncle, but Tiger Woods’ niece has taken it all in stride. Cheyenne certainly works hard but also seems to make sure she maintains the fun and doesn’t take herself too seriously. She also volunteered for a trip to Africa last winter in an effort to bring clean water and hope to women on the continent. People who do that tend to have their priorities straight when it comes to treating others.

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