DASHING HABERDASHER JOHAN LINDEBERG
What's next in fashion?"J. Lindeberg is next," says Johan Lindeberg, the Swedish designer who outfits Aaron Baddeley, Charles Howell III and other sharp dressers. "My look is ready to dominate!"
Six years ago, Lindeberg began a war on the pros' stuffy taste in clothes. "Golf can be sexy," he says. To prove it, he dressed Jesper Parnevik in pink; somehow it didn't catch on. Lindeberg wishes Annika Sorenstam would show more leg ("She'd look cool in short skirts") and laments that Tiger Woods belongs to Nike: "Tiger has the best body in golf. He should look more sporty." The designers best weapons may be his young guns Howell and Baddeley and his vivid opinions:
"Don't you hate seeing some golfers?I mean, the sweat marks on Loren Roberts! Davis Love looks great; he's untouchable, classic. But Harrison Frazar?The worst. That college look, with oversize chinos and polo shirts he's washed too many times. Come on, Harrison, you're on TV!"
Lindeberg plans to make a stir at the British Open. "Charles, Badds, Jesper—they'll step out looking fresh, futuristic," he says. If the future looks anything like the getup Parnevik wore on Sunday at the Players Championship, we'll pass.
NEXT SOUTH AFRICAN TREVOR IMMELMAN
Once the best five-year-old golfer in Cape Town, he turned pro at nineteen. Then Immelman, who grew up cheering his countrymen Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, could barely spot them in the distance in his rookie year, when he was 253d on the Euro Tour's Order of Merit. But in 2001 he rose to eighty-eighth, then to fourteenth last year. Still only twenty-three, he vaulted into the Order of Merit's top ten this year.
"I want to play your Tour," says the long-hitting Immelman, who has bought a house in Florida and has weakened his grip and shortened his swing to gain consistency. "America is like South Africa, only bigger. I feel at home here." The proof is in his wallet: "I've even got my green card."
HOT BUTTON NATIONAL PRIDE
So Europe won the Ryder Cup back. Big deal. Sometimes the Devil Rays beat the Yankees. (And if baseball's Yanks were mismanaged by Curtis Strange, Tampa Bay might win the division.) But next year at Oakland Hills, the Ryder Cup is in for a regime change. Under a new captain, Hal Sutton, the home team will open a sleeve of whup-ass and give the Euros a good old-fashioned thrashing.
As a warm-up, watch the U.S. trounce Ernie Els and company on the South African's home turf at the 2003 President's Cup in November. Prediction: USA 28, Els 4.
HOT PROPERTY 3406 SEVENTEEN-MILE DRIVE
18 RMS, OCEAN VUE, $29.5 MIL. This 6,500-square-foot house overlooking the Pacific has at least twenty selling points: floor plan, history and the eighteen holes outside. Its first owner, Robert Hunter, helped remodel Pebble Beach in 1928, and the house sits beside the thirteenth hole. Much of National Velvet was shot in Hunter's home, and now it can be yours. The seller might come down a bit on the price, but remember: Even if you steal the house for $29 million, there'll be $27,000 a month in property taxes.
HOT PUTTERS FREAKY FLAT STICKS
Poor Scotty Cameron. Everyone thinks last year's White Hot 2-Ball putter spurred Titleist putterer Cameron to roll out the Futura, a $285 horseshoe on a stick. But Cameron's new blade was in the works for years. In a scare for him, the Futura nearly disappeared in its first month: Initially, Scotland's Royal & Ancient Golf Club banned it. But the R&A reversed itself, and now it's kosher everywhere. Scott Hoch won the Ford Championship (and $900,000) with his new Futura. Phil Mickelson calls his Futura "ugly" but uses it anyway. Joe Ogilvie and several other pros have put it in their bags, too. With the 2-Ball, the Futura and a slew of other mutant mallets in the pipeline (see "Putters of the Future," page 75), every other pro—and soon every other amateur—might be packing a putter from George Jetson's bag.
HOT TOGS MOCKING TIGER
Five years ago, David Duval wore a mock turtleneck that led the Tour to drop its rule banning collarless shirts. The trend accelerated when Tiger Woods wore a short-sleeve rain shirt at Bethpage Black at the 2002 U.S. Open, and the floodgates broke this year when woods sported the new Nike Short-Sleeve Mock at Torrey Pines and Riviera. It's part of his sharper look for '03, with trimmer slacks and a smaller shirt: After years of playing in loose-fitting large sizes, Woods wore the mock in medium. The Father's Day gift of '03 sells for $55 and comes in six colors named with typical Nike brio: white, grain, rain, chianti, black and obsidian, which is to say white, tan, blue, purple, black and really black.