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18-year-old Wes Burton creates eye-catching headcovers for TaylorMade staffers

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At last week’s WGC-FedEx St.Jude Invitational, TaylorMade staffers had the luxury of finding a custom-made individual headcover in their locker courtesy of 18-year-old Wes Burton.

While Burton and his business, Wes Custom Kicks, mostly tailor to clientele from the world of Baseball, the 18-year-old is an avid golf fan with a 6.4 index, and he set about making unique metal wood and putter headcovers for the brand’s members: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Jason Day, after TaylorMade sought his impressive skills on the project.

Burton handed the items off to the TaylorMade Tour Truck last week, but he had the opportunity to present three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Jon Rahm, with his cover, an experience which will live long in his memory.

“Meeting Jon was a great experience. It’s always exhilarating to deliver my work to pro athletes and see their reactions. My favorite part of a delivery, particularly one that was a surprise like this one, is seeing what really speaks to them or what their favorite aspect of a piece is.”

The 18-year-old’s creative process begins by researching each golfer’s background, career and personality, and then scuffing the leather on each TaylorMade headcover with acetone to remove the factory finish. Burton then paints the cover either by hand or with airbrush which according to the man himself can take anywhere from five to 20 hours per piece depending on the design.

Here’s a look at the covers Burton created for TaylorMade’s Staffers last week in Memphis (all photos via TM).

Jon Rahm

Featuring the Spaniard’s nickname “Rahmbo”, the putter cover also contains the colors of Arizona State University.

Tiger Woods

Though he wasn’t in action last week, the 15-time major champion has a Stanford red fairway headcover waiting for him.

Rory McIlroy

One of Burton’s favorite pieces which he created, the putter cover pays homage to when Mcilroy would chip balls into a washing machine for practice as a kid. The driver cover features a lone rock amongst grass – the entrance to Holywood Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

Dustin Johnson

An ode to DJ’s love of boats, with his driver cover containing the names of his two children.

Jason Day

Driver cover featuring the names of his wife and three children, while the putter cover contains an Ohio license plate.

 

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Golf’s ‘Spring Break’ crew reunite at Predators-Lightning NHL game

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Golf’s famous foursome – Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman – entertained us all on their Spring Break adventure in 2016, and the crew were spotted reunited last night at an NHL game in Nashville.

The guys were chilling in a suite at the game (which the Preds won 7-2), with the snap of the group amusing for a multitude of reasons, but none more so than Rickie Fowler and his wife Alisson Stokke, who seemed unimpressed by what they were watching.

JT and Smylie Kaufman looked to be the most fired up for the game, while one of our Instagram followers hilariously suggested that “Jordan looks like he’s hanging on for dear life.”

 

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The glory days of Spring Break 2016 may be a thing of the past, but it’s still cool to see the four guys hanging out and enjoying themselves, if for nothing more than refreshing the epic memories they gave us five years ago.

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This rookie’s exit from Augusta National is sure to make you smile

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Will Zalatoris led the way of this year’s rookies at the Masters, but another man making his first appearance at Augusta went about his business under the radar and also very effectively.

Robert Macintyre had already finished T6 on his major debut at the 2019 Open Championship, and when he drove down Magnolia Lane last week, the Scot made sure it was an experience shared with his native land. As you can see from the following video.

Rounds of 74,70, and 70 followed as Macintyre adjusted quickly to the test, and with the top-12 and ties receiving an invite to the 2022 Masters, all was to play for on the final day.

The 24-year-old made bogeys on 16 and 17 on Sunday at the Masters, meaning he needed a birdie on the last for a T12 finish. Macintyre knocked his approach to 12 feet and poured in his putt to ensure he’d be back next year.

Was he pleased? I think the following video from Macintyre driving out of the Augusta National premises tells you everything you need to know!

 

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Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

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As the cameras focused on Lee Elder during last week’s honorary starter’s ceremony at Augusta, Gary Player’s son, Wayne, stood directly behind the 86-year-old displaying a sleeve of OnCore golf balls.

Golf fans on social media were outraged by what they had seen and accused Wayne Player of deliberate guerrilla marketing during a moment where the focus was on the first black man to play in the Masters.

According to Wayne’s estranged brother, Marc, Augusta National has since taken action and banned Player, Jr. for the incident.

During Thursday’s opening ceremony, Wayne Player was seen holding the OnCore balls, a company which his father Gary has been an ambassador for since 2018, in several shots during Elder’s introduction.

In response to the criticism, Wayne told Golf Digest that there was “zero intent” in his actions during the ceremony, saying:

“The only thought from that point was that it would be cool for fans to know what ball my dad was teeing off with. That’s where it ends. If I’ve hurt people’s feelings then I’m truly sorry and hope they will forgive me.”

OnCore also told the publication that they did not ask or instruct Wayne Player to visibly display a sleeve of balls next to Lee Elder.

Per Wayne’s brother, Marc Player, his sibling has since been banned from Augusta National and the Masters, who responded to a tweet from CBS’ Kyle Porter on social media saying:

“Agreed. Wayne has since correctly been banned from Augusta National and The Masters tournament. What a shame. What an embarrassment. What a bad decision to allow him on the first tee after years of similar shenanigans. My apologies to all.”

It’s yet another controversy for Wayne Player, who was arrested in 2019 on fraud charges surrounding a rental agreement for a house at the 2018 Masters.

 

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