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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Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: