The mane event: One-on-one with @BrandelsHair

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 31, 2014, 10:00 pm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Grill Room is on-site at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and our correspondent was granted an exclusive, one-on-one interview with local celebrity @BrandelsHair, who has called Scottsdale home for the past 30 years. Catch him on top of Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee’s head in the broadcast booth all week from TPC Scottsdale, or if you’re in the area, come out and say hello.

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Grill Room: What were you like growing up?

Brandel's Hair: All I can say is in the third grade, girls used to chase me and fight over who could run their fingers through me. As Brandel’s gotten older, he's learned to run slower. 


GR: A lot of people think Brandel colors you. What do you say to that?

BH: I'm a big believer in playing the hand you're dealt. I just happened to have been dealt a royal flush.


GR: What color are you?

BH: I like to say I'm 50 shades of gray.


GR: What products do you use?

BH: Who are you writing for, In Style? Is this going to be one of those "Who Wore It Better?" deals? Listen, I've got to maintain some mystery here. Let's just say I use shampoo and conditioner. When they start paying me to use them, I'll give them some props.

GR: What about mousse?

BH: Chocolate's OK, but I'm more of a creme brulee guy.

GR: You know what I mean. Are you going to be serious?

BH: You're interviewing hair. You shouldn't be surprised if I occasionally bristle.

GR: OK, I'll let that go. Blow dry or air dry?

BH: I'll answer that this way: Do you see Brandel playing persimmon woods and using hickory shafts?

GR: You know, you're being very difficult to deal with.

BH: That's what Brandel says. 


GR: Do you have a regular stylist?

BH: I don't know if he's regular or not - I've never asked him. That's a little personal, isn't it?

GR: No, is there someone you go to, uh, regularly?

BH: Nah, this crazy guy will go to anybody.


GR: What's a bad hair day for you?

BH: When Brandel doesn't go out. If you got it, you gotta flaunt it, right?


GR: Who's your favorite golfer?

BH: That's easy. Robert Rock. Great hair, great name, no hat.


 GR: Brandel analyzes swings. I'm assuming you'd like to analyze hair. Let's start with Stewart Cink.

BH: Brandel likes natural swings, and I'm a fan of no dyes, plugs or wigs, but the alabaster dome needs some sun time.

GR: Ian Poulter

BH: He's going for Rod Stewart, which at least is better than going for Patrick Stewart (and let's face it, Stewart Cink is all over that look). He's got the clothes, but the hair doesn't quite cut it. Talk to me when it gets its own Twitter handle.

GR: Rory McIlroy

BH: I like it. Natural, long and curly. Kind of like his drives.

GR: Miguel Angel Jimenez

BH: Ponytails on men are just wrong. See Steven Seagal. But he's the exception to the rule. It's like Jim Furyk's golf swing. It's all wrong, but it works.


GR: Among the people Brandel works with, who has the best hair besides you?

BH: People always ask me if Holly Sonders' hair is real. Real or fake, I say who cares?! And Frank Nobilo never wore a hat when he played golf and why would he? That's one terrific head of hair. Sometimes, when I look at it, I feel like Ben Hogan watching Sam Snead swing a golf club.


GR: If you could be anybody else's hair, who's would you be?

BH: Please. That's like asking the Mona Lisa if you'd like to be another painting.


GR: Who's the better half, you or Brandel?

BH: Me. I have no idea what's coming out of that guy's mouth. I'm so close to his brain but I can't control it.


GR: What's your biggest fear?

BH: That he'll start playing, play well and get a hat deal. But I've seen him hit it recently and I think I'm safe.


GR: Who’s the most famous person to touch you?

BH: Christophe. He said I was fabulous.

(Editor’s note: Christophe is a Belgian American hair stylist based in Beverly Hills. His clients have included Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Goldie Hawn and, most notably, @BrandelsHair. He currently charges $500 for a haircut.)


GR: How have you handled fame?

BH: I look at it this way: When you're on top, just enjoy the view.


GR: Have you ever been blamed for a bad shot?

BH: When he used to play golf I got in his eyes a few times on critical shots, and I felt bad about it. But we did look good.


GR: Do you ever feel taken for granted?

BH: No, I can tell by the look in Brandel's eyes every morning that he truly loves me.


GR: Which have you enjoyed more - golf or the broadcast booth?

BH: Golf brought out the best in him. TV brings out the best in me. You tell me which one of us has had the better career.


GR: People say you’re the best hair on TV. Do you agree with that?

BH: Well, modesty prevents me ... oh what the heck, yes, absolutely. 


A big thanks to @BrandelsHair for taking time out of his busy schedule. Remember to catch him all week live from the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''


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Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.

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Glover (64) leads Web.com Tour Championship

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:12 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Web.com Tour Championship.

The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, can still regain his PGA Tour card through a medical extension if he fails to earn enough money in the four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals. But a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club would take care of everything.

''I've got a lot to fall back on regardless of this week, but any time I tee it up, I want to play well,'' Glover said. ''Tomorrow won't be any different. Sunday won't be any different.''

Glover had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card. He earned $17,212 in the first three Web.com Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. McCarthy, a former Virginia player, has a shot at winning the Finals money list, which would guarantee him fully exempt status and entry into The Players Championship.


Full-field scores from the Web.com Tour Championship


''There's no secret about it. I'll come out and tell you I'm here to win this tournament and get that No. 1 spot,'' McCarthy said. ''I've been hungry for a while. I have a pretty hungry attitude and I'm going to stay hungry.''

Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67. Last year, Tringale entered the Web.com Tour Championship at 63rd on the Finals money list and finished tied for fifth to get back onto the PGA Tour. He struggled again this season, though, missing 19 cuts in 26 starts.

''Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here, but I do have a comfort at this golf course and I'm excited to keep pressing,'' Tringale said.

The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the Web.com 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. The top 25 finishers on the Web.com regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

Sepp Straka and Ben Silverman were three shots back. Each would likely need a top-5 finish to earn his card.

Peter Malnati, who regained his card with a second-place finish in the opening finals event, followed his opening-round 74 with a 9-under 62, shooting an 8-under 27 on his second nine.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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Thomas (69) only three back with 'C' or 'D' game

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:56 pm

ATLANTA – Justin Thomas was tied for fourth place following his second-round 69 on Friday at the Tour Championship, which considering the state of his game on Day 2 was an accomplishment.

“I wish I had my 'B' game today. I would say I had my 'C' or 'D' game today,” he laughed.

Thomas’ struggles were primarily with his driver and he hit just 6 of 14 fairways at East Lake, but he was able to scramble late in his round with birdies at Nos. 15 and 18 to remain three off the lead.


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“I drove it so poorly today, this is probably in my top 5 rounds of the year I'm most proud of just because I easily could have shot 4- or 5-over par today and not had a chance to win the tournament,” he said. “I hung in there and birdied two of the last four, and I have a chance.”

Thomas was slowed the last two weeks by a right wrist injury that limited his preparation for the finale and said the issue with his driver is timing and the byproduct of a lack of practice.

Thomas made up for his erratic driving with his short game, getting up and down four out of seven times including on the fourth hole when he missed the fairway well left, punched out short of the green and chipped in from 81 feet.

“[Rory McIlroy] just kind of said it looked like a ‘3’ the whole day and I kind of laughed because I played with him at The Players and I chipped in three times that first round with him, so I guess he's good luck for me,” Thomas said.

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McIlroy two behind Woods, Rose after 68

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 11:46 pm

ATLANTA – Maybe it should be no huge surprise that Rory McIlroy finds himself back in contention at the Tour Championship. It is, after all, a Ryder Cup year.

In 2016, McIlroy won the finale before heading to Hazeltine and posting a 3-2-0 record. In ’14, he finished runner-up to Billy Horschel and went 2-1-2 at the Ryder Cup; and in ’12 he finished tied for 10th place at East Lake and went 3-2-0 at Medinah.

“I was on such a high a couple of years ago going into Hazeltine after winning the whole thing, and I felt great about my game that week and played well. I won three matches,” McIlroy said. “I guess it doesn't matter whether it's a match play event or whatever. If you're playing well and you've played well the week before, I think most people can carry it into the next week, whatever that is.”


Projected FedExCup standings

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McIlroy’s performance this week certainly qualifies as “playing well.” He charged out on Friday with birdies at two of his first three holes and bounced back from a pair of late bogeys to shoot a 68 and was in third place and two strokes off the lead held by Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.

“I've made 12 birdies in 36 holes, which is really good around here, and that's with not birdieing either of the par 5s today,” he said. “So yeah, just tidy up the mistakes a little bit.”