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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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Is this the worst “my clubs were stolen” story ever?



Tom Owen. Remember the name, because this unfortunate gentleman may have the worst tale of club theft in recent memory.

Now, the experience of having one’s bag pilfered, never to be seen again, is awful. Your clubs are simply gone, and you have no idea who took them and where they went. Tom Owen had the first part of that experience, however, he knows exactly where his clubs are…and he can’t (legally) do anything about it.

Therese Henkin New Zealand’s Howick & Pakuranga Times originally reported the story.

Mr. Owen’s bag, with its thousands of dollars of equipment and his cell phone, was lifted December 15th from Howick Golf Course at Musick Point, New Zealand.

“They took everything, all my clubs, my bag, trundle, golf balls and my mobile phone which was tucked away inside the bag,” he told the paper.

However, as this is the 21st century, Owen was able to track his phone (which was in his golf bag) to a nearby residential address on Pigeon Mountain Road.

Presumably overjoyed, he called the police to report the theft and the location of his stolen property. One can only imagine his despair when he was told the authorities would be unable to lawfully search the premises and thus could not recover his clubs.

After reporting the incident, Owen was surprised to learn that police were not able to search the premises for the goods.

A police spokesperson explained.

“While we understand people may think police can use the tracking system people use on their phones and then send a patrol car to retrieve the property, under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, police officers do not have the authority to enter a premise based off a locater app on a missing phone. If police resources are available and the technology can pin-point a specific address such as a household, Police are able to knock on the door and make enquiries, but not enter.”

Obviously, Owen isn’t a fan of the law, and he thinks it puts victims in a bad position. He’s right: Knowing the authorities can’t do anything, but knowing where your stolen phone, etc, is, do you risk your life taking the law into your own hands?

“It’s very frustrating to know where your stolen items are and not have anyone do anything about it. If police really can’t act on the information you give them, then something needs to change.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does this make any sense? Do you join Owen in calling for a rewriting of the law?

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Phil Mickelson’s pursuit of average driving, Phil being Phil, and plenty more Mickelsonia from the wires today



Phil Mickelson. We tend to forget the left-hander remains a divisive, swashbuckling figure as he settles into the home stretch of his PGA Tour career. We pretend that his outrageous risk-taking-masquerading-as-cool-calculation approach to the game is somehow something other than an affront to the plodding, conservative way the game was “meant to be played.” Phil Mickelson: Even those who can’t stand him have to be deeply intrigued by Mickelson the Man and Mickelson the Golfer. How can you not be fascinated? How can you not be frustrated?

The 47-year-old begins his season at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week seeking his first victory since the 2013 British Open. Thus, it’s not surprising to see a rash of Mickelson-related pieces populating the golf newswire today.

Here are a few morsels. Per Cameron Morfit of, Mickelson is pursuing “average” driving this year. The left-hander has historically struggled with the big stick and placed outside the top 100 in strokes gained: off-the-tee last season,

Here’s what Mickelson said about his pursuit of mediocrity off the tee.

“What’s funny is when you’re good at something, chipping, putting, wedges, distance control, all that stuff, it’s easy. It takes me a day or two of practice to get back to kind of an elite level. But to become just an average driver when you’re not good at it, it takes a lot of work. And that’s what I’ve been spending the last few years on, really trying to figure it out. Get the swing plane right, get shallower into the ball, get the weighting of the driver right. The whole mental approach to the driver. Just to get everything dialed in just to be average.”

“I just don’t want to give away shots off the tee. I don’t need to gain shots off the tee; I’ll gain them elsewhere. I feel like the short putting has been addressed. I feel like, and believe, that I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough with the driver. And if that happens, I think 2018 could be a remarkable year, a year where I can win multiple times.”

Golfweek’s Brentley Romine has some interesting remarks from Jon Rahm. Rahm, of course, was coached by Phil’s brother Tim at Arizona State–a job Mickelson left to manage Rahm. Tim Mickelson then ditched that gig to loop for his brother after Bones Mackay dropped his bag to pick up a microphone. In other words, Rahm has seen the pair up close plenty of times, and had this to say about the difference between his approach to the game and that of the variable-obsessed Mickelson

“It’s really fun to hear how they (Phil and Tim) talk to each other, because Tim being my coach at ASU, I don’t need much – “Okay, it’s like 120 (yards), this shot, right?’” Rahm said. “And you have Phil, it’s like, ‘Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like 1 mph wind sideways, it’s going to affect it 1 yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They’re thinking (that) and I’m like, ‘I’m lost.

“It’s funny, he gets to the green and then it’s the same thing. He’s very detail-oriented. He gets there and I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s a foot right.’ And he goes, okay, he reads the green, like, ‘Oh, it’s 1.8 degrees of slope here and this and that. And I’m there listening and I’m like, ‘Man, I hope we’re never paired together for anything because I can’t think like this.’ I would not be able to play golf like that. For me to listen to all that is really fun. And then you hear me and Adam talk, ‘180, a little breeze into, okay, hard six.’ … And it’s just opposite extremes completely.”

Different strokes before making strokes.

Then, there is this piece from Shane Ryan exploring the nature of Phil Mickelson, if you will, and suggesting he could impress this year. Of course, this is a wholly inadequate description of a piece for Golfworld you absolutely must read.


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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?



Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.


Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.


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