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In 2014, Horschel turned the volume up to 11 when he started serving up all sorts of bold bottoms over the weekends. Through the course of the year we've seen the FedEx Cup Champ look like a stud in everything from octopuses to electric plaids, and if you're trying to pick up on some of his sartorial swag, here's how to start:
1. Nail the Fit.
Whether you're wearing corduroys or camouflage, fit is the most important metric of style. Take your trousers to a tailor if they don't fit you comfortably in the waist, seat and thighs. Make sure they break just on top of your shoes; if you can't see your socks when you crouch to read a putt your pants are too long.
2. Party on the Bottom, Business on Top.
Nothing in your look should fight for attention. If you're wearing a louder look on the bottom, make sure your shirt, shoes and hat all stay on the simple, solid side.
3. Why So Serious?
It's sad enough watching grown men have mental breakdowns mid-round but, there's nothing funnier than seeing a dude in purple pants smash a 7-iron into the turf in frustration. If you decide to work some lighter brighter bottoms into your game, try to reflect that sentiment around your track, too. Who knows, a little levity may just do more for your move than you think.
Check out 5 of our favorite below the belt style statements here:
Nike Navy Muted Camo
RLX Green Frog Floral Print
Puma Orange Sport Lux 5 Pocket
J. Lindeberg White Geo Camo Print
Maide Golf Navy Tech Plaid
Web.com Tour heroes: Congrats to Derek Fathauer for making his first pro victory a big one at the Web.com Tour Championship. Fathauer is now fully exempt on the PGA Tour next year. Also fully exempt in 2014-15? Adam Hadwin and Carlos Ortiz. Also going to the majors after clutch performances? Zac Blair, who finished second, and Nick Taylor, who shot a final-round 63 to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time. These "other" guys on the developmental tour are pretty darn good, too.
Smile, Derek! You're on the PGA Tour!
Paul Goydos: In his fifth start on the Champions Tour, the popular Goydos picked up his first title. Goydos reeled off four straight birdies on Sunday to beat Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap by one. The "older" guys were battling high winds in Hawaii -- hence, why the winning score was only 19 under par on the senior circuit this week.
New BACK9NETWORK talent: The BACK9NETWORK announced a bunch of new faces will be joining the new television channel, which is set to make its debut on DIRECTV on September 29th. Among the hires, Shane Bacon, Jeff Rude, Matty Blake, and John Maginnes. Oh, and (from top left to bottom right) Erica Bachelor, Will Christien, Katie Sundseth, and Alexis Morgan:
Sorry, guys. There wasn't room to put your pictures in. . . And then there's Caite Upton, not to be confused with former Golf Digest cover girl and supermodel Kate Upton:
However, you may remember her as Caitlin Upton, the Miss Teen contestant from South Carolina, who in 2007 gave perhaps the worst answer to a question in history:
Hopefully, Miss Upton knows a little more about golf than she did about, well, whatever she was rambling about in that clip.
Web.com Tour heartbreak: While 50 players were left celebrating with their shiny, new PGA Tour cards on Sunday, there were plenty of others who walked away disappointed. Roberto Castro, who shot a tournament-record-tying 63 at the Players just last year, is heading to Q School after winding up No. 51 by a mere $31.66. That's it?! We hope someone double- and triple-checked that math. Then there's Travis Bertoni, who hit the shot of his life to put himself in position to wrap up a first tour card only to hit the most painful putt of his life. WARNING: This is tough to watch, but kudos to Bertoni for still signing autographs for kids right after.
Rory McIlroy's new driver: We have nothing against the new Nike Vaper Pro (Well, maybe that lime color) Rory was spotted with, but what about the timing of McIlroy potentially putting this in play? Remember when Phil Mickelson changed equipment before the 2004 Ryder Cup? OK, so this isn't nearly as extreme, but it's an easy target for critics if Rory struggles off the tee. And by the way, with the way he's been driving the ball, why change anything? Unless he's going to start driving par 5s routinely with this thing, is it really necessary?
Breaking your golf clubs: Especially breaking ALL of your golf clubs. That's what this guy did following what we presume was a pretty rough round. As amusing as this clip was, was it really worth it? Here's some free advice, big fella: It's never the clubs' fault.
Twenty-four of the world's best golfers will be at Gleneagles in Scotland for the biennial grudge match between the U.S. and Europe. It's the Ryder Cup! Get pumped! Rickie Fowler certainly is:
Random tournament fact: U.S. captain Tom Watson won five claret jugs, including four in Scotland. This is supposed to really matter somehow, even though Watson isn't playing and the Ryder Cup is being held on one of the more Americanized courses in Europe.
RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK
-- Tom Watson will shave "USA" into the side of his head: 1 million-to-1 odds
-- Rory McIlroy is in charge of making sure Europe's players get to the course on time this week: 1,000-to-1 odds
-- Almost captain's pick Billy Horschel will be discussed as much as actual captain's pick Webb Simpson: LOCK
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Two days after winning $11.4 million, Billy Horschel's greatest week ever culminated with the birth of his first kid, daughter Skylar. It can't get much better for Mr. September.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I thought it was too far right but it's all downhill and downwind and it must have luged down the fairway. If all the stars align you can hit it a long way." -- Nicolas Colsaerts after hitting the longest (447 yards!) drive in European Tour history. We think this might qualify as the understatement of the year.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline endeared himself to golfers everywhere with this creative touchdown celebration:
The NFL didn't endear itself to golfers everywhere by assessing Hartline with a penalty.
THIS WEEK IN AMANDA DUFNER-
JASON DUFNER GIANT FAKE ELEPHANT PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Despite hubby Jason being an Auburn superfan, Amanda has remained true to her college team, Alabama.
THIS WEEK IN LINDSEY VONN MAKING US LOOK BAD WITH HER TRAINING
As if doing these jumps weren't enough, it appears that Vonn is wearing a weighted backpack for even more of a challenge. We give up.
THIS AND THAT
The 2015 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at St. Andrews, deviating from past presentations in St. Augustine, Fla. The "Home of Golf" seems like a pretty fitting place for this. . . . Mi Jung Hur held off Stacy Lewis for her second LPGA title. For Lewis, it was a fifth runner-up of 2014. She's like the Jim Furyk of the PGA Tour -- only she also has three wins this year. . . . Former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, will deliver a motivational speech to Europe ahead of the Ryder Cup. Apparently, if you follow soccer -- and you're a Manchester United fan like Rory McIlroy -- this is a BIG deal. . . . Congrats to my friends, Ryan and Merrell, on getting married over the weekend in Nantucket. As you can tell from my photo, Nantucket is a DECENT location for a wedding. Something tells me the weather won't be quite as good when I'm in Scotland this week. . .
RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER
Will the Presidents Cup Streaker graduate to the Ryder Cup?
Better golf celebrations: U.S. or Europe?
Better golf swing: Kate Upton or Caite Upton?
If I think about my greatest days spent on a golf course, the most memorable are always when I've played on foot. Nearly every round as a kid was enjoyed walking and now as I get older, I've re-embraced the notion that a "rolling stone" gathers no moss.
This, of course, wasn't always the case. Somewhere between then and now, I became either tired or lazy. It was too easy to drive my car to the course, only to throw my clubs onto a tinier car, which was then often restricted to the cart path. If someone in my group suggested walking, my excuse was always that my large Staff Bag would be unreasonable to carry. It's safe to say I went the better part of a decade riding out of what I thought was convenience. In reality, all I was doing was robbing myself of the gift of playing the game the way it was meant to be played.
To really soak all you can out of anything, you've got to be present. Nothing allows you to slow down and take notice on a golf course better than walking. I recently re-discovered what it means to play golf and I owe that to slinging the bag over my shoulders and getting after it. Whether it be enjoying the unique design features of the course, feeling the burn in my legs or elevating my heart rate on a steep climb, I now feel more "in" the game than ever.
This perspective isn't meant to slight anyone who isn't physically equipped to play the course entirely on foot. It is saying, if you CAN walk the course, I believe doing so will greatly elevate your enjoyment of the game. If walking isn't possible, simply take this challenge as an opportunity to slow down, get into the moment, and increase your "awareness" as you play.
There are lots of ways to walk. Carry a light bag, get a slick new push cart or even pay a kid a few bucks for the loop. The key, is to start moving and keep moving as long as you can. Commit to playing your next round on foot and you can count this challenge as complete.
Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of MTT Performance. The program operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow him on Twitter at @mttgolf