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Movember power rankings: this year's best sporting mos, #10-#1

As we bid farewell to facial hair for another 11 mo-free months, we count down the sport stars who really impressed us this Movember.

ALL MONTH WE’VE been tracking the progress of sport’s biggest names as they grew good, bad and downright outrageous moustaches in the name of fundraising and cancer awareness.

Movember isn’t a competition, strictly speaking, but that didn’t stop us from turning it into one.

Yesterday we kicked off our countdown of the best sporting mos with a look at those who didn’t quite break into the top 10. There were some valiant efforts but the real business starts here as Padraig Harrington, twice a leader in our weekly updates, looks to hang on at the top of the leaderboard.

Will Paddy putt out for the win? Or can Ray Houghton, Michael Owen or A.N. Other swoop in to deny him?

Movember power rankings: this year's best sporting mos, #10-#1
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  • 10. Sam Allardyce

    Big props to Big Sam, who makes his power rankings debut at number 10. Movember, like football, seems to be a young man's game but Sam's got it down with the distinguished salt 'n' pepper tache.
  • 9. Glenn Whelan

    The greatest compliment that can be paid about any Movember mo is that it wouldn't look out of place the other 11 months of the year. We can't remember what Whelan looks like clean-shaven.
  • 8. Jonny Bairstow

    England cricketer Jonny Bairstow gets bonus points for taking his final Movember update pic with Boris Johnson.
  • 7. Cian Healy

    Healy's mo is excellent, but he obviously felt it needed that little bit of extra oomph that only a black and white Instagram filter can provide. Not fooling us though.
  • 6. Michael Owen

    It might seem ridiculous to feature a man wearing a sweeping brush at number six but we know Michael Owen's mo is excellent, even if we can't see it to verify.
  • 5. Theo Walcott

    Movember cult hero Theo Walcott claims a place in the top five and rightly so. Considering the wispy strands Theo offered up in week one, he's practically Abraham Lincoln now.
  • 4. Toby Flood

    It's tough at the top and so Toby "I've got a live caterpillar living under my nose" Flood will have to be content with fourth place.
  • 3. Ray Houghton

    In a Champions League week, Houghton would have had every chance of taking home the title. Unfortunately, we haven't seen him since last weekend and his publicists threatened to call the police when we rang looking for a sneaky pic of Razor's mo.
  • 2. Neil McComb

    In the end, this year's contest only really came down to two candidates; truth be told, either would have made a worthy champ. Neil McComb knew the competition was fierce and went all out by adorning his mo with fancy twirly bits. It pains us, truly pains us, that he only finishes in the runner-up spot.
  • 1. Padraig Harrington

    Arise and salute your Movember champion! At first, it was the shock value which set Padraig Harrington apart from the rest of the contestants in the handlebar category. But as time went on, his commitment to the project was evident. No tinkering needed here -- Paddy is your winner.

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