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.

tiger woods mom red

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.

paula creamer pink panther

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.

camilo villegas putt spider crouch

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.”

natalie gulbis short skirt

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.

jim furyk swing

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.

greg norman shark hat

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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Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

The problem was an expired visa.

Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”