Saturday, November 16, 2013

Not Content with Ugly Clothes? Try an Ugly Golf Bag

Did I say ugly? Maybe I meant cool! Whether Loudmouth Golf apparel is ugly or cool is in the eye of the beholder. And now you can "behold" Loudmouth golf bags:

Actually, the company has been working its way into other product areas (in addition to apparel) for a while. Loudmouth partnered with a company called Molhimawk Inc. to make its new bag:

Loudmouth Cart Bag by Molhimawk measures 35" tall and features a single putter tube, 14-way top, and anti-slip rubber feet. The cart bags are currently available in some of Loudmouth's most popular patterns including Shagadelic White, Disco Balls Black, and Lightning Rod. ...

Loudmouth Golf also offers stand bags by Molhimawk. The stand bags come equipped with a one-of-a-kind Loudmouth hip pad, comfy straps, three roomy pockets, and an over-sized felted valuables pocket with a water resistant zipper.

Would you be willing to go the full Loudmouth in outfitting your golf game?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2 Golfers Attacked by Crocs at Cancun Golf Resort

The Iberostar Cancun Golf Club is one of the ritzy golf resorts in the Mexican resort area of Cancun. Unfortunately, it's also been the site of two recent attacks by crocodiles on golfers.

The second attack just occurred: A golfer vacationing from Toronto was attacked by a crocodile that came out of tall grass, latched onto the leg of 58-year-old Dougie Thomson, and tried to drag him away. Thomson's story is told in an article by the UK's Daily Record newspaper (Thomson is originally from Scotland).

The three golfers playing with Thomson eventually freed him from the croc's grasp:

“I didn’t think anything about it until I heard him screaming. I just ran over with my 9-iron in my hand and started beating the crocodile about the head.

“It had already dragged him four or five feet towards the water behind the bushes. When I started hitting it, it stopped but it didn’t let go of him.”

Dougie and Brendan’s cries alerted their friends Gordon Victory and Martin Botwright, who sped towards them on a golf cart. Martin joined Brendan and laid into the beast with his club, while Gordon, from Edinburgh, used the buggy as a weapon.

“It felt like it took forever to get there,” said Gordon.

“The adrenaline was kicking in and I slammed the cart into it a few times. I don’t know why, it was just automatic.”

The croc let go after getting rammed by the cart, grabbed Thomson again, then finally let go for good. The wound on Thomson's thigh was severe; bone was visible, and 200 stitches were required. He says that plastic surgery might be required.

What does Iberostar say? The resort apologized, and added:

... there were warning signs about the crocodiles, and described them as “unique characteristics” of their course.

While I sympathize greatly with Thomson's plight - based on the testimony of the four golfers, Thomson did absolutely nothing wrong - I also sympathize with Iberostar's plight (and also with the crocodile's plight! Hopefully the beating it took didn't cause major injury). Let me explain.

More and more golf resorts around the world are built in wild or nearly wild areas. Why? Because that appeals to people who travel to golf resorts (and other resorts).

Such locations come with inherent risk. It's fun and exciting, for example, to see a baboon on a course in South Africa. But a baboon can be a very dangerous animal, too. Obviously, building a golf resort in crocodile habitat comes with risks to golfers (not to mention even greater risks to the crocs, who might eventually be killed off or driven away), but that wildness is also a selling point to golf travellers.

What's the balance? When does it tip too far towards danger? Does the Iberostar Cancun resort get that balance wrong? We don't have enough information to know the answers. It certainly tipped too far toward danger for Mr. Thomson.

I grew up playing golf courses where snakes and alligators were not uncommon sights. (Of course, gators are far less aggressive than crocs.) Golf courses must warn golfers with clear signage when such animal dangers exist.

And golfers must be careful, prudent and smart. No feeding the wild animals, antagonizing the beasts, approaching the critters, or yelling at them. Keep a safe distance. Even when the animals you've been warned about aren't visible, remain vigilant and don't go wandering through bushes or tall grasses or next to water's edge.

Don't be dumb. There's no indication Thomson was - he appears completely faultless based on the info we have now. But we said at the top that this was the second recent croc attack at the Iberostar Cancun resort.

The first happened two months ago. A New York golfer lost two of his fingers to a crocodile. But according to Iberostar, the croc bit off his fingers when the golfer started feeding it chicken. Dumbass.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Golfers Who've Made the Most Money Without Winning on PGA Tour

Here's a fun little list: the golfer who've made the most money on the PGA Tour without winning a single PGA Tour tournament.

1. Briny Baird: 365 career starts, 0 wins, $13,183,237
2. Brian Davis: 282 career starts, 0 wins, $11,860,745
3. Jeff Overton: 217 career starts, 0 wins, $11,052,307
5. Brett Quigley: 403 career starts, 0 wins, $11,048,433
6. Charlie Wi, 209 career starts, 0 wins, $9,646,852
7. Steve Marino, 160 career starts, 0 wins, $9,137,743
8. Brandt Jobe: 331 career starts, 0 wins, $8,987,448
9. Greg Chalmers: 337 career starts, 0 wins, $8,614,231
10. Brendon de Jonge: 181 career starts, 0 wins, $8,304,826

Hey, it's good work if you can get it!

Of the players listed above, Overton is the youngest at age 30. Marino has made the fewest starts with 160, and de Jonge is the only other golfer on the list with fewer than 200 career starts on the PGA Tour.

Baird has finished second six times; Davis, Quigley and Wi five times each.

It's tough to win on the PGA Tour. It's also tough to make as many starts as the guys above have made. While none of them have won, they've all kept themselves going, moving forward, striving to notch No. 1.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tiger Woods' Sponsors List is Getting Skimpy

I was on TigerWoods.com today and clicked on the navigational tab that reads "Sponsors." This takes you to a page where Woods' sponsors are listed. And that page is looking pretty skimpy these days.

I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that Woods' endorsement deals have shrunk in recent years, post-scandal. But still, I was suprised at just how short and unimpressive the list is. You can see it yourself here.

Since EA Sports dropped Tiger a couple weeks ago, Woods' list of sponsors really only includes two major global brands: Nike Golf and Rolex.

The website list is stretched out by including the PGA Tour and the Dubai development for which Woods is designing a golf course. But that's kind of cheating. The tour isn't paying Woods anything (it's listed because of a content-sharing arrangement), and Woods' deal with the Dubai company is centered around his golf course design company.

Other brands on the list of sponsors include NetJets, Fuse Science, Kowa and Upper Deck. And that's it.

Now, don't get me wrong: Most tour golfers on the planet would jump for joy at having that many sponsors, and that quality of sponsors. But this is a major step down for Tiger, both in quantity and quality.

His sponsorship deals used to include major worldwide companies like AT&T, General Motors, Gatorade, Accenture, Gillette, American Express and others.

But don't feel too bad for Tiger: He's still, by far, the highest-paid golfer in the world, pulling in $60 million, $70 million per year.

Monday, November 4, 2013

'Big Break' Leads to Big Love

Awwww, ain't that sweet: Two golfers who appeared together during a season of the Golf Channel's The Big Break are getting married. They found love in a reality TV show. Congratulations to Julien Trudeau and Mallory Blackwelder, castmates who got busy mating in real life after their time on Big Break Ireland. Trudeau outlasted Blackwelder on the show; in fact, Trudeau made it all the way to the championship match before losing to series victor Mark Murphy.

Here are a few engagement photos that Mallory posted on Twitter (photos by Honey Heart Photography):

Friday, November 1, 2013

LPGA Halloween Costumes

Halloween 2013 has come and gone. But a handful of LPGA golfers and other women on tour shares photos of their costumes. Such as ...

Lizette Salas:

Meghan Hardin:

Natalie Gulbis:

Ryann O'Toole:

Selanee Henderson:

Sydnee Michaels:

Lexi Thompson: