Over the course of a tournament and the PGA Tour, viewers really get to know a professional golfer’s personality. This includes how they react to a bad shot, how they interact with their peers & the caddies, and how they respond to media questions. This constant spotlight allows fans and the public alike to see the outgoing personalities of players like John Daly, Ian Poulter, and Miguel Angel Jimenez, and also recognize the more reserved players such as Phil Mickelson or Rory McIlroy.
However, even then – golfers are still golfers out on the course. To really get to know how each thinks and acts, you’ve got to take them out of their element – and late night talk show appearances are great opportunities not only to get to know your favorite players more, but see their personalities shine through. We’ve compiled our favorite late night show interviews with golfers, and share them with you here!
The 5 Best Golf Late Night Show Interviews
5. Rory McIlroy Takes on Jimmy Fallon in “Face Breakers”
Fans were robbed of seeing Rory and Tiger go one-on-one in the cutthroat game of “Face Breakers” back in 2014 when both appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Woods’ back was aching from the early withdrawal at the WGC-Bridgestone and missed cut at the PGA Championships. Still, he was on the bag for Fallon as he took on McIlroy, chipping shots in an attempt to break each other’s faces.
4. Jordan Spieth Discusses Talking to His Ball with Stephen Colbert
Spieth made the media rounds after his 2015 Masters win, chatting it up with Stephen Colbert. The World #1 gave Colbert a swing lesson, let him touch the green jacket, and discussed the importance of talking to your ball as it’s in flight.
3. Bubba Watson, Jimmy Fallon, and January Jones Chip for Pies to the Face
We can only guess, but it is probably safe to assume that most golfers who win the green jacket want to keep it dry cleaned and stored in a vacuum-sealed bag—not worn to a club or out for daily exposure. But since Bubba Watson has a backup green jacket, he can take some chances with it, such as taking on Jimmy Fallon in a chipping contest to see who gets hit in the face by a pie from January Jones.
2. Young Tiger Woods Shows his Skills on the Mike Douglas Show
Tiger Woods had the ‘it’ factor even at a young age. When he was a two-year-old, Woods’ dad Earl took him on the Mike Douglas Show to display the swing that would eventually win 14 major tournaments (and counting?).
1. Arnold Palmer Discusses his Keys to Winning with Johnny Carson
As long as you aren’t familiar with the website Snopes, one of the best examples of a golfer appearing on a late night show was when Arnold Palmer made an appearance with Johnny Carson. The Tonight Show host asked Arnie if he had any good luck rituals, to which Palmer replied, “Yes, my wife kisses my balls.”
The late night legend (supposedly) followed with, “I’ll bet that flutters your putter!”