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Rickie Fowler’s Hawaiian shirt predictably caused quite a stir on social media



Rickie Fowler, as you know if you read our bit on Puma’s Aloha Collection yesterday, wore a button-up Hawaiian golf shirt during his opening round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. As predicted, both the progressive and traditionalist camps had plenty to say about Fowler’s choice of attire.

The reigning queen of golf social media, Paige Spiranac, was a fan. She also correctly predicted traditionalist blowback.

Honestly, I was going to embed another handful of replies, but if you want to get a feel for the what the two entrenched camps had to say from their respective foxholes, just read the replies to Spiranac’s status.

Also of note: This gentleman tweeted a Justin Thomas Snapchat that showed The Rick wearing the Hawaiian shirt the way the islands intended.

And this bit of silliness merits singling out. This clown, whoever he is, knows a thing or two about appropriate attire, as he’s wearing a bowtie in his Twitter profile picture, right? He didn’t like Fowler/Puma’s choice, and he thinks there may be grounds for revocation of Fowler’s Junior Cotillion etiquette award!

Here’s the bottom line. It’s not a golf shirt. It’s a Hawaiian shirt in a golf-suited cut. The Hawaiian shirt is worn untucked. Period. It’s a staple garment of the islands. If you want to say it doesn’t belong on the golf course, OK. But Fowler’s shirt is certainly less offensive than, say, Duffy Waldorf’s Hawaiian-inspired polos.

What do you think GolfWRX members? Love Rickie’s shirt? Hate it? Don’t care?

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  1. ChipNRun

    Jan 10, 2018 at 8:32 am

    The island of Puerto Rico is in a shambles, hit by both the hurricane and the crash of the UBS personal retirement bonds.

    And we’re worried about whether Rickie tucks in his shirttail?

  2. Thomas A

    Jan 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I’m all for it and I hope more clothes companies follow suit. I’d probably change my whole wardrobe to these. I wear untucked (somethimes tucked) button down short sleeve shirts to work all summer. These would fit right in. I’d love to see an IZOD, Polo or Nautica golf button-down. I play mostly at very non-snooty clubs so I don’t have the whole ‘membership mentality’ issue to deal with. Good riddance to the stoogy country club.

  3. Kipper

    Jan 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love it…its 2018, let golf evolve a little bit. A Hawaiian styled shirt is appropriate attire on the golf course. Its a trend in style, especially in a place known for this type of attire. Its good on Rickie’s part.

  4. gounapuu

    Jan 7, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I think he looked fabulous and you now what he will help change the stuck up your butt mores of a great sport with his attire and his game. Go Ricky lead the pack.

  5. Donny Johnston

    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Who cares? Let him wear it. They should allow shorts too!

    P.S. I don’t like Jews.

  6. Bruce Ferguson

    Jan 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’m a fan of UNTUCKit brand shirts, and I think that tastefully coordinated clothes (including shirts made to wear untucked) should be acceptable. Non-golfing Millenials seeing Ricky dressed like this might actually think that golf would be fun and worth looking into. Some of todays golf attire is stuck in the Caddy Shack era, and personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a wide, white belt anywhere, let alone a golf course.

  7. Rich Douglas

    Jan 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    It’s golf, folks. In fact, it’s Hawaiian golf. If it was Augusta or the US Open, fine. But it’s not. And the point about Waldorf is great–but he’s not the only one. Golf has long been known as a fashion joke. (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati noted he purchased his clothes from a golf pro.)

    My concern would be about fit, whether or not the shirt allowed a free, full turn. Tucked or untucked? Leave that for Muirfield. Now, about shorts….

  8. The dude

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Yep! works!!

  9. Stephen

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:23 am

    It’s Hawaii who cares. The pro’s are changing the game and attracting more people to the sport. If Arnie was alive he’d be thumbs up ! He once too was a game changer !

  10. Dave

    Jan 5, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I like it. Looks great.

  11. G

    Jan 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Love it! I’m not traditional about anything, especially attire. Jeans and T’s should be fine. I work at one of the snobby country clubs in Austin and I’m tired of the tradition speech! If you want to grow the game, attire has to be a part of the growth. This coming from a 60 year old golf coach!

    • CB

      Jan 7, 2018 at 3:04 am

      No. No jeans or T. No way

      • HardcoreLooper

        Jan 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm

        Yes jeans and T. Not at every course, but there needs to be a place for jeans and T. In fact, there is.

        Oh, and Ricky’s shirt looks sharp.

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best Open Championship course



With Open week upon us, we wanted to know which Open Championship venue is first in the hearts of GolfWRX members.

We asked: Factoring in course design, viewing enjoyment, overall test of golf, history, and whatever else you put into your criteria, what do you think is the best Open Championship venue, and why?

The top-three vote getters got more than 80 percent of the vote. Only Royal St. George’s was more than two percent. As a refresher, the other venues were, Royal Liverpool. Royal Troon, Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, Royal Portrush, Royal Birkdale, and Turnberry.

The top three from the Open rota in GolfWRX members’ links-loving hearts are as follows.

3. Carnoustie (18.57%)

Ignatius Reilly says, “I went with Carnoustie – maybe because it’s the current one, and maybe because it’s so nasty.”

Sean 2 says. “I selected Carnoustie because it is a challenge regardless of the weather. As DJ called it: “…a true test.”

2. Muirfield (20%)

15th Club draws on his first-hand experience, “But I have been asked this question before; of the British Open courses, which one was your favorite? And my answer always was an additional question; if all of my remaining golf could only be played on just one course that I have been on, what would it be?”

“And the answer is Muirfield. It might not have the interest or the quirkiness of The Old Course, but to me, it is the finest, fairest, purest test of golf I have ever seen. It is at once a perfect match play and/or stroke play golf course. And it is more natural, with less town-encroachment than almost all of the other sites on the Rota.”

1. Old Course at St Andrews (41.43%)

IVM says simply, “St Andrews the home of golf.”

Bucky316 points out, “St Andrews….but only with heavy wind… otherwise it’s sad to see a historic track getting thrashed by the modern technology.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? You can vote in the poll here, or feel free to discuss your favorite track in the comments.

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets



It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him



On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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