Colorful Array Brightens PGA Tour

By Associated PressMarch 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)Already known for flipping up the bill of his cap, Jesper Parnevik took fashion to a new extreme at the 1997 Bob Hope Classic when he showed up on the practice range with a bright array of tight-fitting clothes from Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg.
The idea was to bring style back to golf.
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter has made plenty of fashion statements over the last few years.
Everyone else thought he was nuts.
'There were a lot of frowns when I stepped onto the range,' Parnevik said. 'Johan went overboard in the beginning with very tight stuff. He wanted to make a statement. At the time, guys really wanted to know what was going on.'
Now, all they have to do is look around.
One day last week at The Players Championship, Parnevik was dressed in aqua pants, a white belt and a bright turquoise shirt with orange down the side. Depending whose company he keeps, he no longer stands out.
Not with Darren Clarke dressed up like a Popsicle, head-to-toe in bright orange during the final round of the Bay Hill Invitational. The most outrageous might have been Ian Poulter, who wore pants with a Union Jack pattern at the British Open, and a Stars & Stripes pattern at the PGA Championship.
Scott Hend wore bright yellow pants and a kelly green shirt at Torrey Pines. Hunter Mahan rarely goes through a tournament without wearing pink pants and a matching hat.
'Do you want to see guys wearing khakis and white shirts? Or do you want to see somebody a little bit different?' Clarke said. 'There's more to us than just playing golf. I think it brightens it up and makes it a bit of fun.'
For those who think the colorful array of clothing is over the top, consider the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills, where Retief Goosen and Mark Brooks faced each other in an 18-hole playoff.
Both showed up on the first tee that Monday morning wearing khaki pants and white shirts.
'It's definitely going away from that,' Mahan said. 'Jesper, he's been doing it the longest. He's the man who got everything going.'
Golf has been dominated by talk of the Big Four and tournaments interrupted by weather. But another trend that can no longer be ignored is the latest shift in fashion.
Sansabelt pants were all the rage in the '70s.
The '80s were about colors and plaids that never seemed to work together and gave golf a bad reputation for having badly dressed men chasing a little white ball. Portraits of winners at The Players Championship hang from a wall at Sawgrass, and there was one stretch in the '80s that three out of four champions wore red pants.
Later down the row, it becomes obvious that golf went conservative in the '90s with solid pants and solid shirts.
And then Parnevik showed up.
'I never felt like a pioneer,' Parnevik said. 'I didn't think it would come this far, where you see everybody going in that direction. I didn't think it would be this fast. But it's fun.'
Charles Howell III used to hang out with Parnevik early in his career, and it wasn't long before he was hooked on the J. Lindeberg line of clothing.
'In the world of basketball, if you want to be different, you have to pierce 15 different planks and have 37 different hair colors,' Howell once said. 'In golf, you wear something like this and it sets you apart.'
Something like this?
Not many will forget the white pants with a green stripe down the side Howell wore at the Masters.
Howell no longer has a deal with J. Lindeberg, although players in the Swedish designer's stable include Fredrik Jacobson, Hank Kuehne and Aaron Baddeley.
Baddeley usually has a tight-fitting shirt with short sleeves and a large white belt. Small wonder that he wasn't on the PGA Tour long before his peers gave him the nickname 'Dresses' ' as in dresses badly.
Poulter is a 29-year-old Englishman and probably has the most outrageous closet, although he takes his clothes ' and his golf ' quite seriously. He heard the whispers that he should try to bring attention to himself with his game, not his wardrobe, but Poulter already has six victories on the PGA European Tour, one each year since he was a rookie in 2000.
His fashion idol is not Parnevik, but Payne Stewart.
Stewart showed plenty of self-confidence by wearing plus-fours and a tam-o'shanter cap at a time when he was a fledgling pro. It became his trademark through two U.S. Open titles and a PGA Championship before his death in a freak plane accident in 1999.
'He was, and probably is to this day, the best-dressed man in golf for the time he was around,' Poulter said. 'His dress sense was awesome.'
And that's the point Poulter and others are trying to get across.
It's more about style than making a statement.
Poulter, Mahan and Parnevik were asked whom they considered among the best-dressed on the PGA Tour, and all three mentioned Davis Love III because they think his look is classy.
Still, there is something about being different in a game that can be monotonous.
'The reason I dress the way I do is because I like clothing,' Poulter said. 'I looked down the range this morning and all I saw was black, khaki and navy trousers. I will wear black and navy trousers, but it will be slightly different. I think it looks too bland sometimes, and I don't want this game to be bland. It's a fantastic game we play. It's a stylish game.'
Clarke has a personal tailor in London that supplies him with pants that turn heads ' bright orange, kelly green, black with what appears to be gold glitter, mustard yellow.
That's the kind of clothing never seen on Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh or Ernie Els.
'I don't mind it unless I'm paired with them,' Mickelson joked. 'No, I think it's cool that guys use dress to stand apart. It seems as though fashion is always changing, and it's just become a part of golf.'
But he couldn't resist a dig at Clarke and his orange pants.
'I can't criticize that because (wife) Amy has got pairs just like them,' Mickelson said.
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Pepperell among co-leaders early in Qatar

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 5:06 pm

DOHA, Qatar – Eddie PepperellGregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.

Havret went bogey free, Pepperell made one bogey and eight birdies, while fellow English golfer Rai eagled his last hole to add to five birdies.

One shot behind the leaders were four players, including former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Defending champion Jeunghun Wang of South Korea started with a 68, and Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot 69 despite a double bogey on the 15th hole.

Full-field scores from the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

Pepperell birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14, 16 and 18 with a single blemish on 13 after starting on the back nine. He made three more birdies on his back nine.

He was joined on top of the leaderboard by Havret, who made five birdies in six holes from the sixth, and Rai, who eagled the last.

''I surprised myself, really,'' said Pepperell, who finished third in Portugal and Netherlands last year.

''I've made some changes this week with personnel, so I've been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.

''I hit some quality tee shots, that's the area I feel that I've been struggling with a bit lately. We had a good time.

''It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I'm not overly-fussed about my early season form.”

Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including last year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

''I hit every green apart from the last one. I hit a lot of fairways, I had a lot of chances for birdie,'' said Edoardo, the older brother of Francesco.

''Last week in Oman, I had a decent week, I had a bad first round and then three very good rounds. It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start.''

Oliver Fisher of England was the best among the afternoon groups with a 6-under 66, joining Molinari, Quiros and Germany's Marcel Schneider in a tie for fourth.

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 22, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Honda Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2018, 2:15 pm

The PGA Tour heads back east to kick off the Florida Swing at PGA National. Here are the key stats and information for the Honda Classic. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream:

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream:

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6PM ET

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6PM ET

Purse: $6.6 million ($1,188,000 to the winner)

Course: PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (par-70; 7,140 yards)

Defending champion: Rickie Fowler (-12) won by four, picking off his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Notables in the field:

Tiger Woods

• Making his fourth start at the Honda Classic and his first since withdrawing with back spasms in 2014.

• Shot a Sunday 62 in a T-2 finish in 2012, marking his lowest career final-round score on the PGA Tour.

• Coming off a missed cut at last week's Genesis Open, his 17th in his Tour career.

Rickie Fowler

• The defending champion owns the lowest score to par and has recorded the most birdies and eagles in this event since 2012.

• Fowler's last start was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he failed to close a 54-hole lead. Fowler is 1-for-6 with 54-hole leads in his Tour career, with his only successful close coming at last year's Honda.

• On Tour this year, Fowler is first in scrambling from the fringe, second in total scrambling and third in strokes gained around the green. 

Rory McIlroy

• It's been feast or famine for McIlroy at the Honda. He won in 2012, withdrew with a toothache in 2013, finished T-2 in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015 and 2016.

• McIlroy ascended to world No. 1 with his victory at PGA National in 2012, becoming the second youngest player at 22 years old to top the OWGR, behind only Woods. McIlroy was later edged by a slightly younger 22-year-old Jordan Spieth.

• Since the beginning of 2010, only Dustin Johnson (15) has more PGA Tour victories than McIlroy (13). 

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Lexi, J. Korda part of four-way tie in Thailand

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 1:01 pm

CHONBURI, Thailand – Three-time tour winner Minjee Lee of Australia finished with a superb eagle putt to be among the four leaders after Day 1 of the LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on Thursday.

Lee sank a 45-foot putt on the 18th hole to card a 6-under-par 66 to tie for the lead with 2016 champion Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and local hope Moriya Jutanugarn.

''I just hit the collar. I didn't know if I was going to have enough. Such a big break there. I'm glad it caught the hole,'' Lee said.

''It's a second-shot golf course. Your approaches are really important, and obviously being in the right spots with the undulation. And if you have a hot putter that's going to help.''

Full-field scores from the Honda LPGA Thailand

Lee won the Vic Open near Melbourne this month and opened her 2018 LPGA tour account last week at the Women's Australian Open, finishing fifth.

Thompson, who won this event in 2016 by six shots with a 20-under total and tied for fourth last year, started her latest round in style with an eagle followed by a birdie only to bogey the third hole. She carded four more birdies.

''It definitely helps to get that kind of start, but I was just trying to keep that momentum and not get ahead of myself,'' Thompson said.

Her compatriot Korda had a roller-coaster round which featured eagles on the first and 17th holes, five birdies, a double bogey on the sixth, and two bogeys.

Jutanugarn was the only player among the four to end the day without a bogey.

''I had a good start today, it was better than I expected,'' said Jutanugarn, who was seventh here last year.

She's trying to become the first Thai winner of the tournament.

Two-time champion Amy Yang and world No. 2 Sung Hyun Park were among six players at 5 under.