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.
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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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'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

“Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

“The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

Tiger Woods is stalking his 15th career major championship trophy. Follow the action with our tracker to see if he can get it done at Carnoustie.

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Pros melting down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 3:42 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros have been watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We're compiling their missives below:

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.