You might think it enough that John Daly and Davis Love III each have humongous luxury coaches that they drive to PGA Tour events. Now they both have humongous choppers, too. Love got his last June as a fortieth birthday gift from his wife, Robin. Built by Orange County Choppers in Montgomery, New York, at a cost north of $100,000, the bike's story—from Robin's initial order through its delivery to Love on a terrace at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York, during the Buick Classic—was documented on the Discovery Channel's American Chopper. If Love's red, black and chrome 1960s-style chopper is a biker's bike, Daly's similarly priced machine would appear to be more of a golfer's bike. Made by Metropolitan Choppers in Frederick, Maryland, and delivered in October, it has fiberglass golf balls athwart the rear wheel, a rack for Long John's bag, a putterhead kickstand and handlebars wrapped in golf-grip leather.
For players unable to control their anxieties during a round of competitive golf, here's help. The Mind Meter from GolfPsych ($399; 888-280-4653 or golfpsych.com) is a biofeedback device consisting of a band worn around the chest that sends information about your emotional state, via radio signals, to a handheld meter. With practice—a lot of practice—you can learn to recognize the signs of tension and teach your emotions to behave, even under pressure. Dubious?Its creators, Jon Stabler and psychologist Deborah Graham, have used it successfully with scores of Tour pros.
"I would rather have won the lottery."
—Chris Varallo of Spokane, Washington, after scoring two aces in one round on his way to a score of 101.
WILL GOLF BALLS STORED DURING COLD WEATHER IN THE TRUNK OF MY CAR OR IN MY UNHEATED GARAGE LOSE DISTANCE?
Exposure to cold won't damage golf balls, but playing with them when they are still cold will cost you distance. A ball at fifty degrees compared to eighty degrees loses as many as ten yards per drive. On the night before a cool-weather round, bring your bag indoors; there's no way to warm balls fast (do not try the microwave). Then, during play, keep an extra ball or two in your pocket (warming devices are illegal) and tee up a toasty one on each hole.
A scattering of golf courses across the country will now book paying tee times for players using Frisbees. Disc golf, as it's called, is just what you might expect, with ugly "pole holes" erected near regular greens. The contemptable course owners allowing this game should be out of business soon, as honest hackers will (we hope) flee the Hacky Sackers and spend their golf dollars elsewhere. Until then: Oops! Sorry, should have yelled "Fore!"
Geoff Ogilvy's 2004 PGA Tour all-around statistical rank: 1
His scoring-average rank: 59
His money-list rank: 61
Percentage of senior businesswomen who are golfers who said their biggest sale or deal was made while playing golf: 63
Percentage of similar men who claimed the same: 43
Percentage of women who would let a client beat them if it helped business: 13
Percentage of men who claimed the same: 20
Percentage of golfers who describe themselves as aggressive players: 53
Percentage who say they are aggressive investors: 28
SOURCES: PGA TOUR; STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS WORLDWIDE; AMERICAN CENTURY INVESTMENTS
At almost every tournament he loops, Fred Funk's caddie, Mark Long, hears the same comment: "You don't know me, but I'm a big fan of your e-mails." Since late 2001, Long has sent periodic missives to friends and family filled with details of life on Tour. But what started as a way to keep in touch has turned into a cult. His original mailing list numbered only about twenty, including Funk's wife, Sharon. Now his ramblings go to more than a hundred and are forwarded to many times that number, proving particularly popular on Wall Street. Written late at night on his IBM ThinkPad, the caddie's notes feature insidery player assessments (Vijay Singh hits every shot in the book on the range, Long says, but in rounds seldom tries them, adding, "I don't think he swings it as well as Tiger") and are rich with anecdotes, such as one of an unexpected 10 p.m. round with Tom Watson during a British Open week. Is the boss concerned?"Not at all," says Long. "Fred is the antithesis of the [uptight] professional golfer, he's so open and friendly." Sorry, but you'll have to find your own way onto the list; Long doesn't want his e-mail address made public.
Those who tend to linger upon images of gorse in bloom and soaring dunes should set aside hours—if not days—to peruse Scottish Golf Links: A Photographer's Journey (Clock Tower Press, $40). A coffee-table chronicle of lensman Iain Macfarlane Lowe's six-year, 120,000-mile odyssey around Scotland, this loving collection offers almost 250 pages of evocative pictures and prose. Each hillock, hump and hollow of Scotland's greatest links is infused with rich, saturated hues. The accompanying histories of the courses offer delectable insights and are interspersed with sketches and architectural explications by acclaimed course designer Kyle Phillips. It is easily the most transporting Scottish golf experience available on paper— save for a plane ticket to Glasgow.
|Annika's ten||1 up||Vijay's nine|
|Phil's start||6 and 5||Phil's finish|
|Paul Casey||all square||Tom Lehman|
|Artest Gone Wild||5 and 4||Stevie Gone Wild|
|Peter Lonard||1 up||Justin Leonard|