You could argue that our national game is golf, and it's a real shame the likes of Ireland have flourished over the last decade or so when we've stagnated. Even the quite superb and talented Paul Lawrie's achievements can't hide the deep lack of quality.
But we've got some of the games finest names, you've got to go back more than a century to find them, but Old Tom Morris, his son Young Tom, Willie Park Snr and James Braid are all giants of the game. All have 4 Open victories ( Braid has 5!!)- against diminished fields admittedly- but they're the vanguard of the entire game and deserve to be mentioned in the company of more recent Scottish sports stars. Old Tom was a superb club maker and green keeper too, he designed Prestwick,Muirfield and Machrahanish as well as many others.
Braid was also a superb course designer, two of my favourite local courses are his at Monktonhall and Dalmahoy. He's credited with inventing the 'dogleg' hole too.
Sandy Lyle might have been born in England but he's as Scottish as Joe Baker. 2 majors against more international fields- first British golfer to win the Masters and along with Lawrie a couple of Ryder cup wins...including the first ever win in america.
None of them would win a poll like this, but not to give honorable mentions to the giants of a game we call our own would be a shame.
Out of the folk mentioned above, i'd vote for Murray. I don't like Tennis, but appreciate what he's done in the era he's done it.
Sorry, Jack, but JYS couldn't hold a candle to the greatest driver to hold a steering wheel.
I saw Jimmy win the British GP in 62, 63, 64, and 65. I missed 67 due to illness.
Not saying he would be the best ever Scottish sportsman, but hes definitely the best driver I have ever seen.
I would put Murray and Hoy in the top three with Jimmy.
I had to go for Andy Murray. He managed to turn tennis into a sport that was viewed in even the roughest of boozers and had punters glued to the telly screaming and shouting as if they were watching the fitbaw and that took some doing. Up until Andy came on the scene you would have been in danger of getting barred or a skelp if you asked for the tennis to get put on the pub telly
Apart from that he was some athlete who done the unthinkable and won Wimbledon along with the US open and Olympics at a time when tennis has three of the greatest players to have ever picked up a racquet and nobody ever thought they would ever see a brit win Wimbledon never mind a scotsman which would have stuck in some members of the lawn tennis association I bet. And on top of all he's achieved in tennis he's one of our own