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Greg Norman’s watches (and the stories behind them) are incredible

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Following in Jack Nicklaus’ footsteps, Greg Norman chatted with Jon Beus, Senior Editor at Hodinkee, about his watch collection (and unlike Nicklaus, Norman has not worn the same Rolex for 50 years).

Norman tells Hodinkee he was one of the first golfers in the modern era to wear a watch during play. Ebel approached Norman and and asked him if he’d be interested in wearing a watch on the golf course. Norman “thought about it long and hard,” and decided to go ahead. He tried metal bands, leather bands, and even different color faces to see what he was most comfortable playing golf in.

Interestingly he chose a dark face that isn’t very reflective, saving him from the glare of the afternoon sun. Norman says that when he wore a watch on his left wrist with a more reflective face, it distracted him during his putting, so he opted instead for a flatter look and wearing the watch on his right wrist. Norman also says when he tried a metal band on his left wrist, it interfered with his action through impact.

For watch junkies, the rest of what Norman has to say and the tour of his collection is must-see stuff.

Bues asked Norman a couple of non-watch questions that will be of interest, including asking the two-time major champion how he got started in the game.

“I was…bored one day down in Brisbane, going on my 16th birthday, and I went out and caddied for my mother. My mother at that time was a really good player, she was a three handicap. When she went in for a cup of tea with her friends, I took her golf clubs out..played out and back, out and back…four holes…[and I] got hooked.”

Norman mentions his won his first professional tournament less than five years from that initial experience with his mother’s golf clubs. He also talks through how he learned the game–relying heavily on Jack Nicklaus’ Golf My Way.

It a great interview and one which–if you like golf and watches, at least–you’d like to have seen be 10 times longer.

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  1. Robert

    Aug 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Mickelson comes to mind as a tour player who plays golf wearing expensive watches that have leather bands – and has been doing it for a long time.

  2. Jamie

    Aug 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Attention tax cattle: Jewelry (Watches) and Art are how the wealthy move money around the world tax-free.

    • Gn

      Aug 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Jealous much? You think that’s the only way we move money? What if we couldn’t move money around? You would all be in a world of worse sh_t

  3. Tom

    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Who cares?

    • Scott

      Aug 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      I’ll never understand why people like you leave pointless comments like this on articles. Go do something productive with your life.

      • Tom

        Aug 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

        And why do you leave a reply to “pointless comments”?

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.24.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Custom 902 flow neck from SGC Putters.

“The Rock & Roll ‘Merican Eagle Mash-Up” scorecard holder dropping this week from Bettinardi.

Vivid creation from Dormie Workshop.

Scott Brown sharing his shot of the pristine-looking Stoneham Golf Club in Southampton, England.

LaMont Mann showcasing his flat-stick creation – built with the Odyssey #9 in mind but without an insert.

Any WRXers grab an “I will not 3 putt” cover from Tyson Lamb this past weekend?

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Tweets of the Week: Phireside with Phil, Spieth’s early walk fail, and Koepka’s casual warmup

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Chez Reavie, Andrea Pavan and Hannah Green all recorded significant victories in their respective events over the weekend, but in a busy week, here are some of the things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Phireside With Phil

Keep ’em coming, Phil!

Brett Favre Superfan

Over at the Am-Fam Championship, the 1997 Superbowl winning QB had this interesting exchange with a superfan of his..

Spieth’s Early Walk Fail

Gary Woodland and Amy Bockerstette

Right after winning the U.S. Open, Woodland took time out to talk to Amy…

…before surprising her with an appearance on the Today Show.

Brooks Koepka’s Pre-Round Routine

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How much each player won at the 2019 Travelers Championship

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Over ten years on from winning his first title on the PGA Tour, Chez Reavie made it career-win number two at the Travelers Championship. Holding off a defiant Sunday charge from the crowd favorite Keegan Bradley, Reavie’s final round of 69 was enough to give him a four-stroke victory, and with it, take home a check for almost $1.3 million.

With a total prize purse of $7.2 million on offer, here’s a look at how much each golfer who made the cut earned at the 2019 Travelers Championship.

1: Chez Reavie, -17, $1,296,000

T-2: Zack Sucher, -13, $633,600

T-2: Keegan Bradley, -13, $633,600

4: Vaughn Taylor, -12, $345,600

T-5: Paul Casey, -11, $262,800

T-5: Joaquin Niemann, -11, $262,800

T-5: Kevin Tway, -11, $262,800

T-8: Abraham Ancer, -10, $194,400

T-8: Brian Harman, -10, $194,400

T-8: Jason Day, -10, $194,400

T-8: Bryson DeChambeau, -10, $194,400

T-8: Roberto Díaz, -10, $194,400

T-13: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, -9, $144,000

T-13: Tommy Fleetwood, -9, $144,000

T-15: Kevin Kisner, -8, $115,200

T-15: Ryan Moore, -8, $115,200

T-15: Kevin Streelman, -8, $115,200

T-15: Wyndham Clark, -8, $115,200

T-15: Patrick Cantlay, -8, $115,200

20: Alex Prugh, -7, $93,600

T-21: Russell Knox, -6, $65,760

T-21: Sungjae Im, -6, $65,760

T-21: Harold Varner III, -6, $65,760

T-21: Marc Leishman, -6, $65,760

T-21: Brendan Steele, -6, $65,760

T-21: Cody Gribble, -6, $65,760

T-21: Robert Streb, -6, $65,760

T-21: Adam Long, -6, $65,760

T-21: Martin Laird, -6, $65,760

T-30: Stephan Jaeger, -5, $43,740

T-30: Freddie Jacobson, -5, $43,740

T-30: Peter Malnati, -5, $43,740

T-30: Patrick Reed, -5, $43,740

T-30: Nick Watney, -5, $43,740

T-30: J.J. Spaun, -5, $43,740

T-36: Collin Morikawa, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Louis Oosthuizen, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Kyle Stanley, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: C.T. Pan, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Justin Thomas, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Josh Teater, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Ryan Blaum, -4, $32,451.42

T-43: Sam Burns, -3, $21,924

T-43: Tyler Duncan, -3, $21,924

T-43: Brandt Snedeker, -3, $21,924

T-43: Cameron Davis, -3, $21,924

T-43: Joel Dahmen, -3, $21,924

T-43: Sangmoon Bae, -3, $21,924

T-43: Chip McDaniel, -3, $21,924

T-43: Andrew Landry, -3, $21,924

T-51: Sam Ryder, -2, $17,328

T-51: Hank Lebioda, -2, $17,328

T-51: Mackenzie Hughes, -2, $17,328

T-54: Bubba Watson, -1, $16,560

T-54: Ryan Armour, -1, $16,560

T-54: Viktor Hovland, -1, $16,560

T-57: Brooks Koepka, E, $16,128

T-57: Francesco Molinari, E, $16,128

T-57: Andrew Putnam, E, $16,128

T-60: Emiliano Grillo, +1, $15,480

T-60: Richy Werenski, +1, $15,480

T-60: Brandon Harkins, +1, $15,480

T-60: Bronson Burgoon, +1, $15,480

T-60: Kramer Hickok, +1, $15,480

T-60: Scott Brown, +1, $15,480

T-66: Seamus Power, +2, $14,904

T-66: Scott Langley, +2, $14,904

68: Brady Schnell, +3, $14,688

69: Seth Reeves, +5, $14,544

70: Sam Saunders, +6, $14,400

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