A Quick Round with Marty Hackel

By Randall MellMay 21, 2010, 5:54 am

With the conversation so serious of late in golf, with Tiger Woods’ doctor charged in a drug investigation and European Tour pros grinding their teeth over changes to the Wentworth Club in England, we seek relief.

We turn to Marty Hackel.

We turn to Golf Digest’s Mr. Style and the man who can make us laugh even as he takes us to task for our lack of fashion.

In a Quick Round, Hackel gives us his take on Rickie Fowler in orange, Paula Creamer in pink, Ian Poulter in just about anything and Paul Goydos as Mr. Comeback in the golf fashion world:

So what did you think of Rickie Fowler going head to toe in orange on that Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship?

It’s like what I’ve said about Paula Creamer in all pink. It’s too much. Stop. Enough already. We got it the first time, back off a little bit. This is like orange overload. Either move to Florida, or stop wearing all orange. Look in the mirror before you go out.

You’re a big believer in the power of mirrors, aren’t you?

Looking in the mirror is one of those things people don’t do. Generally, Rickie dresses great. The only time he makes a mistake is when he goes this way [with orange].

Why is fashion important?

It’s important to feel good. If you look good and feel good, then you have confidence. A big part of this game is confidence, so when you are feeling good about yourself, feeling good about the way you look, that’s an absolute positive.

Who is on your list of best dressed men on the PGA Tour?

Ian Poulter always has it together, because he’s creative, and he has imagination. Imagination is a very, very good thing to have. And he has confidence. A lot of times, it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. If you wear it with confidence, you can sell a lot of things. It’s very important. I have the Freddy [Couples] shoes on. You’ve got to be able to sell those puppies. Freddy’s on that list. Lee Westwood’s on that list. I think Davis Love III looks great all the time. Brian Gay, who wears Sligo, he looks terrific, and he wears a lot of color and he has a lot of fun and he pushes the envelope.

So whose confidence really sells their clothes?

Luke Donald, Adam Scott. No matter what Adam Scott wears, he looks terrific. He could take out the garbage looking terrific.

Who needs the most help?

There are a number of players who I would like to send a full-length mirror and only ask that they look at themselves in the mirror before they go out the door. If they do that, it’s all I need. They know who they are, and there’s a bunch of them out there. But there are reclamation projects out there. I think Paul Goydos has really picked his game up in the last year. I think he’s looking pretty stylish in that department.

Did you help him?

No, I had nothing to do with that. It’s Paul’s manager, Bobby Kreusler. I did a makeover for Billy Mayfair, and six months later he was back wearing his favorite things. He’s very superstitious. A lot of these golfers are superstitious. Billy won the U.S. Amateur wearing khakis and a white shirt, so you see him every Sunday he’s in contention with khakis and a white shirt on. He’s one of the few guys left on the Tour wearing khakis.

Do players ask what you think?

A lot of players have fun with that, but I get players who will call me and say, “Where do I get this?” Or, “How do I get that?” Whether it’s tailoring their Augusta green jacket so it looks absolutely perfect, or finding the best socks.


Let me tell you something, you’re on your feet all the time. You better make sure your shoes and your socks work and they fit and they’re comfortable and you’re not thinking about them and you’re not feeling them. If you do that, you’ve got the right formula.

What’s the big fashion thing in golf these days?

Patterns. You don’t see them so much on Tour, but you definitely see them with golfers every day. That’s plaid and stripes and checks. You see a lot of that in shorts.

Are the 70s coming back in golf?

A little bit. It’s a little classic coming back, absolutely.

Any last bit of advice?

If I were going to tell people how to pack for a golf trip, I would say pick one color, a central color, and work your whole wardrobe off of that. If you decide it’s going to be blue, pack everything that matches blue. It keeps it really, really simple. I see people wear diverse colors every day. They must have the biggest suitcase in the world. If you’re in doubt, go with white pants, if your waist is under 34 inches, because white will go with everything. If your waist is over 30, go with black bottoms. Black will go with anything.

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Women's NCAA finals: Arizona vs. Alabama

By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s the SEC vs. the Pac 12 for the women’s NCAA Championship; Alabama vs. Arizona, to be more specific.

Both the Crimson Tide and Wildcats cruised in their respective semifinal matches Tuesday at Karsten Creek. Alabama easily beat USC, 3-1-1; Arizona defeated match-play juggernaut Stanford, 4-1.

Alabama’s top three players, Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight were unstoppable forces in both matches on the marathon day. Stacked in the top three positions in the semifinals all three won their matches on the 17th hole, making the last two matches inconsequential.

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Arizona, the eighth seed, won as decisively as second-seeded Alabama, but needed a miracle to be in this position in the first place.

Junior Bianca Pagdanganan drained a 30-footer for eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday to get the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor, which they won on the second hole. Then on Tuesday, presumably running on fumes, they downed top-seeded UCLA in the morning, then crushed Pac-12 foe Stanford in the afternoon.

Pagdanganan, Gigi Stoll and Hayley Moore each won both matches for Arizona on the hot, draining day.

“I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Pagdanganan said.

Said Arizona coach Laura Ianello: “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it,” Ianello said about Pagdanganan. “This kid can.”

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:30 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals were contested Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live finals action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

4-8PM: Match-play finals (Click here to watch live)

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Fort Worth Invitational: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 10:30 pm

The PGA Tour makes the short drive from Dallas to Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club. Here are the key stats and information for this week. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Purse: $7.1 million

Course: Colonial Country Club (par 70, 7,209 yards)

Defending champion: Kevin Kisner. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm by one stroke

Notables in the field

Jordan Spieth

• Finished T-2, 1st and T-2 in last three starts in this tournament

• 52 under par at Colonial last five years (best of anyone by 27 strokes in that span)

• 100 birdies/eagles made here last five years (most of anyone in that span)

Rickie Fowler

• First start since missed cut at The Players

• More missed cuts (3) than top-10 finishes (2) in 2018

Jon Rahm at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.

Jon Rahm

• Finished T-2 in this tournament last year (66 in final round)

• 17 top-5 finishes in 46 official worldwide individual starts as professional

Webb Simpson

• First start since Players victory (fifth PGA Tour win)

• Fifth on Tour in strokes gained: putting this season (177th two seasons ago)

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Maguire's storied Duke career comes to an end

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – After losing in the quarterfinals here at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Duke coach Dan Brooks gathered his team and walked back toward the 18th hole. He wanted to get away and deliver a parting speech to senior Leona Maguire, one of the most important players in program history.

“I feel like I didn’t say enough, and I feel like I didn’t say it right,” he said afterward. “I guess that’s inevitable when dealing with a player who has meant so much.”

Maguire’s heralded Duke career came to an end Tuesday when she and her teammates dropped their quarterfinal match to Southern Cal, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Maguire did her part, winning, 1 up, against USC’s Jennifer Chang, but it still wasn’t enough.

Maguire will go down as one of the best players not just in Duke’s storied history, but all time in college golf. She’s a two-time Player of the Year. She finished with the best scoring average (70.93) in Division I women’s golf history. She had a record 32 competitive rounds in the 60s. She spent 135 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, another record.

The 23-year-old from Ireland is the rare collegian who turned down guaranteed LPGA status to return to school to earn her degree and try to win a NCAA title with twin sister Lisa, the team’s No. 5 player. Ultimately, they never reached the championship match.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said softly outside the clubhouse. “The experiences, the memories, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Maguire said that she’s turning pro soon and has a full schedule upcoming. She’ll play the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then try to capitalize on her full status on the developmental Symetra circuit.

Asked about her potential at the next level, Brooks said that Maguire can be a future Hall of Famer.

“She’s the hardest worker and the smartest player I’ve ever coached,” he said. “I’m really going to miss her.”