Top 10 golf trademarks

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2010, 10:22 pm
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1. Tiger Woods’ fist pumps. When Woods is prancing across a green pumping his fist, something historic is usually going down with the putt he just holed. The two-handed fist pumps he threw at the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines two years ago, when he rocked back on his heels and roared skyward after holing a clutch putt there, will linger through time. That putt led to his Monday playoff victory against Rocco Mediate. Whatever images dog Woods the rest of his career, the fist pumps will go down in history with him.

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2. Tiger Woods’ power red shirt. Nobody dresses for success on Sundays like Woods, who remains the fiercest closer in today’s game, maybe of all time. Woods said he began wearing red shirts on Sunday after his mother told him it was a power color.

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3. Paula Creamer’s Pink Panther affinity. Paula Creamer’s love of the color pink led to her nickname, the Pink Panther. Casey Wittenberg, a friend and fellow golfer, tagged her with the name because she was always wearing something pink. She has a Pink Panther head cover and she likes to break out pink golf ball for final rounds.

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4. Camilo Villegas Spiderman crouch. You’ll hear his fans greenside begging him to break out in his Spiderman crouch, a web slinger-like pose where Villegas gets down in a one-hand pushup position to read greens. He says it gives him a better feel for how a putt’s going to break.

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5. Morgan Pressel’s tears. Pressel’s an emotional player, and she can’t hold back what she’s feeling. Whether she’s ecstatic over a victory or heartbroken over a defeat, the emotions are going to seep out, usually from the corner of her eyes. She’s been working on controlling the tears since she turned pro at 17, but her fans like knowing what she’s feeling.

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6. Anthony Kim’s belt buckle. The letters A and K distinctly adorn Kim’s belt buckle. When fellow Nike endorser Tiger Woods first asked him about it, Kim cracked, “Well, Nike hasn’t put my initials on anything yet.”

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7. Natalie Gulbis’ short skirts. Gulbis has never been afraid to feature that her gifts go beyond golf. She has posed in bikinis for calendars and thrived in short skirts in LPGA events. There’s more than beauty to her appeal. She won the 2007 Evian Masters and helped the Americans win the Solheim Cup last summer.

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8. Jim Furyk’s looping swing. You could be a few fairways over and recognize Jim Furyk when he’s playing a shot. The unusually long loop in his backswing is one of golf’s most distinctive signature moves.

Christina Kim

9. Christina Kim’s beret/bandana. One of golf’s most colorful personalities, Christina Kim couldn’t settle for a traditional visor or golf cap. Her chapeau had to have more wow to it. She likes berets and occasionally a bandana.

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10. Greg Norman’s straw hat. The Shark cuts a dazzling figure marching down fairways in that distinctive straw hat. He calls it a combination of “Aussie-meets-cowboy styling.” It was one of the first items designed when he began the Greg Norman collection.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.