The San Francisco 49ers most well-known players have a lot in common with the top golfers competing in this year’s Masters Tournament.
The winner of the first major on the PGA’s yearly calendar will go down in golf history and receive a coveted green jacket.
For select members of the 49ers, a career of noteworthy accomplishments could also yield desired collectibles – a gold jacket as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a red blazer as a member of the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.
None of the team’s current players are in line for a green jacket any time soon, but Niners365 thought it would be entertaining to look at this year’s Masters field and identify similarities between the top golfers in the world and the top performers on the Niners.
Adam Scott is
Both are coming off of breakthrough years. Scott won his first major at last year’s Masters, and Brock won a starting cornerback job and a contract extension from the Niners.
Phil Mickelson is
Not because of personal style off the field, it’s the in-game approach that makes these two athletes comparable. Both are at the top of their respective sports, and both have the same flare for excitement whenever they’re competing.
Watson is a former Masters champion, and he can drive the golf ball a country mile. Staley is a three-time Pro Bowl left tackle, and he’s the most versatile offensive lineman in the NFL with downfield receptions to prove it. Off the field, Watson and Staley are known for being entertaining personalities. This comparison is a tap-in from three feet out.
Jim Furyk is
Do you get tired of watching a golfer constantly drive the ball down the middle of the fairway? Then you must be annoyed with the Niners placekicker consistently drilling clutch kicks through the uprights. Both veterans are as steady as it gets when it comes to their respective crafts.
Steve Stricker is
Under the radar? Check. Ridiculously solid? Check. Wildly successful year after year? Triple check. Stricker is one of the best golfers in the world, and Lee is one of the best punters on the planet. Both of these guys are money.
Ernie Els is
Els, a long-time tour pro, is always in contention. You can never count him out, and he seems to get better with age. Who does that sounds like? Definitely a certain No. 81 who balled out in his first season with a new team, playing like an absolute grown man.
Rickie Fowler is
Style is one area both of these guys have serious game. The all-orange attire Fowler sports is noticeable, but it’s nothing without game to back it up. The same goes for San Francisco’s sack master. Entertaining sack celebrations would be forgotten if they weren’t performed with such regularity. You want to see what Fowler wears next and you want to see how Smith celebrates next.
Fred Couples is
The cagey veterans answer to “Boom Boom” and “Cowboy.” Sweet nicknames aside, both of these men are wise beyond their years, and they always bring their best in the most opportune moments. Couples might not bull-rush his way up the Masters leaderboard, but he certainly knows how to navigate around Amen Corner. Couples’ fundamentals and know-how make him a Masters legend. Smith is very much that way on the football field.
“The Mechanic” and “The Rhino” – the best nickname on the PGA tour and Niners locker room make for an easy comparison.
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Miguel Angel Jimenez is
Patrick Reed is
Both are rookie of the year-type performers. And, perhaps most importantly, they have the same last name with the exception of one letter.
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