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Kenny G Is Named Top Golf-Mad Musician

10/31/2006 1:42pm EST
Kenny GGolf is gripping musicians so feverishly these days that rappers, rockers, pop and country stars are all teeing it up. Golf Digest's December issue identifies this diverse group of golf-mad musicians with its ranking of the "Top 100 in Music." Kenny G, with a plus-0.6 Handicap Index (he not only matches but occasionally scores better than par), is the No. 1 musician in the ranking.

A club champion at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., he plays a lot of his golf with actor Craig T. Nelson. During high school in Seattle, Kenny G. made the golf team but not the jazz band when he first tried out. When his career as a saxophonist took off, he left the game for nearly 20 years but has since returned with a newfound passion.

"With the sax, I learned technique well enough so that it feels like part of my body, and I just express myself. That's where I want to get in golf," he told Golf Digest.

Rounding out the Top 10 in Golf Digest's "Top 100 in Music" are:

No. 1 Kenny G
No. 2 Vince Gill
No. 3 Marty Roe (of country group Diamond Rio)
No. 4 Steve Azar (country singer)
No. 5 Adrian Young (No Doubt drummer)
No. 6 Rudy Gatlin
No. 7 Larry Gatlin
No. 8 Steve Gatlin
No. 9 Josh Kelley (pop-rock artist)
No. 10 Paul Brown (smooth jazz artist)

Among the eclectic crowd of musicians playing golf are: Justin Timberlake (T-15), Branford Marsalis (No. 29), Roger Waters (No. 44), Toby Keith (T-53), reigning American Idol Taylor Hicks (T-58), Celine Dion (No. 62), Bob Dylan (No. 63), Snoop Dogg (T-64), Andre 3000 (T-92), Nick Lachey (T-95), Kid Rock (T-95) and Pink (No. 100).
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