Congressional's colorful fairways

By Win McMurryJune 14, 2011, 10:08 pm

With private jets, multi-million dollar homes, and access to the world’s most elite golf courses, why wouldn’t golf’s biggest stars also have wardrobe consultants available at their disposal?

It’s common practice for some of the game’s best to get a little (and sometimes a lot of) assistance outfitting themselves for the majors when the eyes of golf fans around the globe are fully engaged.

The fashionistas of some of the hottest players in the game have shared a sneak peek with into some of the looks you’ll see worn at this year’s national championship outside the nation’s capital.


Jason Day

Jason Day’s look is sporty and basic. He opens and closes his week with shades of orange, but his Saturday look is the standout. The 23-year-old Aussie will be wearing a climacool 3-stripes zip polo. Not many pros choose the zip, but for Day the look suits his style.

 Jason Day


Justin Rose

Justin Rose’s wardrobe choices are vastly different and have matured over the years. His look is much more fashion forward. He has front-loaded his look with the coolest outfits in place for Rounds 1 and 2. Thursday, his climacool 3-stripes pocket polo in cinder is smoking! I love the accents on this shirt, especially the buttons on the double chest pockets and down the front. Friday’s look is also edgy with the adipure two-tone polo that, to me, resembles a cool graphic tee and coordinating adipure fall herringbone pant.

 Justin Rose


Sergio Garcia

Moving from Rose’s more mature menswear inspired look, check out how drastically different Sergio Garcia will be dressed. The look is signature Sergio, but you can tell his style has evolved as well. He still will be wearing bold colors, but it’s not as young a look as we’ll see on Day. The Spaniard pops color on top Thursday through Saturday, then on Sunday will wear a bold navy climacool 3-stripes pant paired with a white climacool piped polo that has navy accents. His final-round look is much more classic, but still is tailored to his personality.



Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson will also kick off the year’s second major with color, but takes a tonal look, wearing one color head to toe Friday through Sunday. The all white with black accents on day two is sharp and Saturday’s look is “Cali cool” with the Matrix Print Polo.

 Dustin Johnson


Sean O'Hair

Sean O’Hair will be dressed in Ashworth at Congressional, debuting pieces from their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. O’Hair’s look is modern yet classic. I like the lavender polo with the checked fabric peaking through beneath the buttons. I’m also a fan of the pocketed white polo on Saturday. His Sunday script is the most mod of the four, and I’m totally feeling the look of the dark gray pants.

 Sean O


Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink is keeping it fun with brigh, colorful selections on Thursday and Friday. I really like the combo of white and light blue plaid pants with his soar blue sphere dry polo on Day 1. On the weekend he has a similar look with the graphic “strobe” lines appearing on both polos, but notice on Sunday’s his color scheme is an understated red, white and blue.

Stewart Cink 


Bubba Watson

Travis Mathew put together something special for Bubba Watson. They ran a contest at the start of the year asking fans to submit designs for Bubba’s U.S. Open polo. Watson and Travis Mathew chose the winner, which was a military-inspired design they felt best represented the theme of the U.S. Open.

Bubba Watson 

The contest winner, Clay Duerson, will be flown to Congressional to see his winning design in action on the course. The limited edition polo is available for purchase and $10 from each sale is donated to Birdies for the Brave. Bubba will wear the polo with custom Travis Mathew “Camo Pants” all four days of competition, as he did his all-whites with Masters green during every round at Augusta National.

As for shoes, keep an eye out for these patriotic red, white and blue kicks on the American Adidas team players at Congressional.They were designed to commemorate the U.S. Open. The powerbrand shoe is available for retail in limited quantities.

 Adidas U.S. Open shoe

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McCarthy wins Tour Championship by 4

By Associated PressSeptember 24, 2018, 2:14 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Denny McCarthy won the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday to earn fully exempt PGA Tour status and a spot in the Players Championship.

McCarthy closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over Lucas Glover at Atlantic Beach Country Club. The 25-year-old former Virginia player earned $180,000 to top the 25 PGA Tour card-earners with $255,793 in the four-event Tour Finals.

''It's been quite a journey this year,'' McCarthy said. ''The PGA Tour was tough to start out the year. I stuck through it and got my game. I raised my level and have been playing some really good golf. Just feels incredible to finish off these Finals. So much work behind the scenes that nobody really sees.''

McCarthy finished at 23-under 261.

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Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, closed with a 69. He made $108,000 to finish seventh with $125,212 in the series for the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.

Jim Knous earned the 25th and final card from the four-event money list with $41,931, edging Justin Lower by $500. Knous made a 5-foot par save on the final hole for a 71 that left him tied for 57th. Lower missed an 8-footer for birdie, settling for a 69 and a tie for 21st.

''It was a brutal day emotionally,'' Knous said. ''I wasn't quite sure how much my performance would affect the overall outcome. It kind of just depended on what everybody else did. That's pretty terrifying. So I really just kind of did my best to stay calm and inside I was really freaking out and just super psyched that at the end of the day finished right there on No. 25.''

The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list competed against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. Sungjae Im topped the list to earn the No. 1 priority spot of the 50 total cards.

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LaCava pushed Woods to work on bunker game

By Rex HoggardSeptember 24, 2018, 1:52 am

ATLANTA – Last week as Tiger Woods prepared to play the season finale at East Lake he sent a text message to his caddie Joey LaCava that simply asked, what do I need to do to get better?

Although when it comes to Woods his proficiency is always relative, but LaCava didn’t pull any punches, and as the duo completed the final round on Sunday at the Tour Championship with a bunker shot to 7 feet at the last the two traded knowing smiles.

“We had a talk last week about his bunker game and I said, ‘I’m glad you kept that bunker game stuff in mind,’” LaCava said. “I told him he was an average bunker player and he worked at it last week. There were only two bunker shots he didn’t get up-and-down, I don’t count the last one on 18. He recognized that after two days. He was like, ‘What do you know, I’m 100 percent from the bunkers and I’m in the lead after two days.”

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For the week, Woods got up-and-down from East Lake’s bunkers seven out of nine times and cruised to a two-stroke victory for his first PGA Tour title since 2013. That’s a dramatic improvement over his season average of 49 percent (100th on Tour).

“His bunker game was very average coming into this week,” LaCava said. “I said you’ve got to work on your bunker game. If you had a decent bunker game like the Tiger of old you would have won [the BMW Championship].”

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For Woods, is this only the beginning?

By Damon HackSeptember 24, 2018, 1:42 am

If this is Tiger Woods nine months into a comeback, wait until he actually shakes the rust off.

This was supposed to be the year he kicked the tires, to see how his body held up after all those knives digging into his back.

To see if a short game could truly be rescued from chunks and skulls.

To see if a 42-year-old living legend could outfox the kids.

On the final breath of the PGA Tour season, it was Tiger Woods who took ours away.

Playing alongside Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club – and one group behind the current World No. 1 and eventual FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose – Woods bludgeoned the field and kneecapped Father Time. 

It was Dean Smith and the Four Corners offense.  Emmitt Smith moving the chains. Nolan Ryan mowing them down.

And all of a sudden you wonder if Phil Mickelson wishes he’d made alternate Thanksgiving plans.

Even if everybody saw a win coming, it was something else to actually see it happen, to see the man in the red shirt reach another gear just one more time.

Win No. 80 reminded us, as Roger Maltbie once said of Woods when he came back from knee surgery in 2009: “A lot of people can play the fiddle. Only one guy is Itzhak Perlman.”

It wasn’t long ago that Tiger Woods seemed headed toward a disheartening final chapter as a broken man with a broken body.

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He would host a couple of tournaments, do some great charity work, shout instructions into a walkie talkie at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, and call it a career.

There would be no Nicklaus 1986 Masters moment, no Hogan Mystique at Merion.

He would leave competitive golf as perhaps both the greatest to ever play the game and its greatest cautionary tale.

Willie Mays with the New York Mets. Muhammad Ali taking punishment from Larry Holmes.

But then Brad Faxon and Rickie Fowler started whispering at the end of 2017 that Tiger was healthy and hitting the ball hard. 

There was that hold-your-breath opening tee shot at the Hero World Challenge, a bullet that flew the left bunker and bounded into the fairway.

Rollercoaster rides at Tampa and Bay Hill, backward steps at Augusta and Shinnecock, forward leaps at The Open and the PGA.

He switched putters and driver shafts (and shirts, oh my!) and seemed at times tantalizingly close and maddeningly far.

That he even decided to try to put his body and game back together was one of the all-time Hail Marys in golf.

Why go through all of that rehab again?

Why go through the scrutiny of having your current game measured against your untouchable prime?

Because you’re Tiger Woods, is why, because you’ve had way more wonderful days on the golf course than poor ones, despite five winless years on the PGA Tour.

Suddenly, Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour wins is in jeopardy and Jack Nicklaus, holder of a record of 18 major championships, is at the very least paying attention.

Woods has put the golf world on notice.

It won’t be long until everyone starts thinking about the 2019 major schedule (and you’d better believe that Tiger already is).

The Masters, where he has four green jackets and seven other Top 5 finishes. The PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, where he won in 2002 by 3. The United States Open at Pebble Beach, where he won in 2000 by 15.

The Open at Royal Portrush, where his savvy and guile will be a strong 15th club.

But that’s a talk for a later date.

Tiger is clearly still getting his sea legs back.

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Nonfactor McIlroy mum after lackluster 74

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 24, 2018, 1:04 am

ATLANTA – Rory McIlroy didn’t have anything to say to the media after the final round of the Tour Championship, and that’s understandable.

McIlroy began the final round at East Lake three shots behind Tiger Woods. He finished six back.

McIlroy closed in 4-over 74 to tie for seventh place.

In their matchup, Woods birdied the first hole to go four in front, and when McIlroy bogeyed the par-4 fourth, he was five in arrears. McIlroy went on to make three more bogeys, one double bogey and just two birdies.

Final FedExCup standings

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McIlroy was never a factor on Sunday and ultimately finished tied for 13th in the FedExCup standings.

The two rivals, Woods and McIlroy, shared plenty of conversations while walking down the fairways. On the 18th hole, Woods said McIlroy told him the scene was like the 1980 U.S. Open when people were shouting, “Jack’s back!”

“I said, ‘Yeah, I just don’t have the tight pants and the hair,’” Woods joked. “But it was all good.”

It’s now off to Paris for the upcoming Ryder Cup, where Woods and McIlroy will again be foes. It will be McIlroy’s fifth consecutive appearance in the biennial matches, while Woods is making his first since 2012.