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Being a tall man has its advantages.
The world of sports has often been kind to the tall man, too. Height is rarely an athletic detriment.
But then there's the world of golf. History shows that golf is not a tall man's game. No one taller than I am has ever won a PGA event. I found that kind of surprising, so I tried to find out why.
I went in search of the tallest golfers in the field at this week's Humana Challenge to find out if they agreed that being tall is, in fact, a disadvantage. The tallest height listed for any golfer in the field this week is 6-
"If I wasn't tall, I would have won three majors by now," Putnam joked, but he did point to a couple areas that make the already-
And what about putting?
"Oh the best putters are always short guys," said Putnam.
This time he wasn't joking. The former all-
For some historical perspective, the tallest man ever to play on the PGA Tour was 6-
There are non-
I still have never acquired fitted clubs even though I desperately need to. Picture the way Michelle Wie looks putting. That's the way I look hitting every shot. Of course, an even bigger handicap than being tall is that I am in no way a good golfer.
So while Putnam was joking about not winning a major because he's 6-
Another tall golfer in the field this week, Jason Kokrak, doesn't want to hear any of it.
"That's all hearsay, I don't see any of that," said the 6-
"If you're like 7-
The average height of the PGA player has risen in recent years, and Putnam attributes that to the game becoming more mainstream with the increased interest and TV exposure since Tiger Woods joined the tour. That trend can be seen in the game's greats. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson were all 5-
Now most of the elite players in golf are 6-
"I think you'll start to see more tall winners on the tour," Putnam said. "Obviously, I hope so at least."
I hope so too, Michael. For too long, we tall people just haven't been able to catch a break when it comes to the world of sports.
According to data from 2010 these are the average heights of professionals in specific men's pro sports:
Heights of famous golfers
Tiger Woods: 6-
Jack Nicklaus: 5-
Arnold Palmer: 5-
Phil Mickeslon: 6-
Rory McIlroy: 5-
Tom Watson: 5-