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Impact: The Legacy of Lord Byron

By Alex Holmes

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 "One of the things I'm most proud of looking back in my little black book is that my career had a lot of consistency." -- Byron Nelson


The PGA Tour sets up shop this week in the Lone Star State for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Lord Byron won 52 times during his Hall of Fame career, and his performance in his 1945 season still serves as the model of consistency -- not to mention dominance. Nelson recorded 18 wins that year including the likely never-to-be-broken steak 11 in a row!

Consistency was Nelson's signature off the course as well. His style was simple, traditionally and totally cool: a white cap, dark sweater, tan trousers. These pieces are classics for a reason. Maybe you can replicate Nelson's golf skill. His fashion sense, however, is easily repeatable.   


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Impact: A birthday wish for Jim Furyk

By Alex Holmes

loop-impact-furyk-518.jpgJim Furyk is know for his unorthodox swing on the course. He's also had some unorthodox looks during his career as well. Case in point, this baggy button-down golf shirt from 2006. Thankfully Furyk, who celebrates his 44th birthday today, has grown out of that style, as we've come to see the last two weeks watching him while away the hours in locker rooms waiting to see if his score might get him in a playoff at the Wells Fargo and the Players.  


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Impact: Harry Vardon did pretty much everything in golf, including set fashion trends

By Alex Holmes


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"To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain."
-- Harry Vardon

Henry William (Harry) Vardon was born May 9, 1870 on the British Balliwick of Jersey in the Channel Islands. His influence on the game was vast: He still holds the record for most British Open titles (six) and is the namesake for the overlapping grip employed by millions of golfers today.

His impact also stretched into golf fashion. Vardon was among the early golfers to ditch the traditional Englishman's dress and play in short trousers that fell a few inches below his knees. The Knickerbockers, referred to in the U.S. as plus fours, became wildly popular at the turn of the 20th century and quickly became the unofficial uniform of the early American sportsman.   

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Impact: The Players' inaugural winner sure looks familiar

By Alex Holmes

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"I never worried about money, except that I knew that all I had to worry about was golf. As long as I could play, I was going to make money." —Jack Nicklaus


Forty years ago, Nicklaus won the inaugural Tournament Players Championship by two strokes over J.C. Snead. The Golden Bear would go on to win the event twice more during his career and remains its only three-time winner.

While Jack’s classic style and attention to fit always made him look like a million bucks on the course, but his Players titles netted him just $170,000. By comparison, this week's winner will walk out with close to $1.8 million.   

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Impact: A birthday boy whose style is growing up

By Alex Holmes

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Happy (belated) birthday to Rory McIlroy, who turned 25 on Sunday, and celebrated with a solid 70 and a T-8 finish at Quail Hollow during the Wells Fargo Championship. Considering how quick an impact the two-time major champion had after turning pro in 2007, it feels like McIlroy should be an older bloke, no? Thankfully over the years the Northern Irishman's style has matured as much as his game. He has a sharp look in his Nike threads these days and has come a long way from the days of the overgrown black locks.

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Impact: Remembering how low Ryo can go

By Alex Holmes

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"I always dreamed of getting a score like this but didn't think I would do it so fast."
-- Ryo Ishikawa


Four years ago today, Ishikawa reeled off a final-round 58 to win The Crowns on the Japanese Tour. Arguably the most impressive part of the feat was the fact he was only 18 when he did it. Ishikawa subsequently found his way on to the PGA Tour, where the flashy Japanese sensation has earned plenty of style points (granted not an official tour stat) over his three full seasons in the U.S. but is still looking for his first victory.

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Impact: The most unmistakable golfer of his generation

By Alex Holmes

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"It's something I'm extremely enthusiastic about. ... I love the opportunity the USGA sees with Fox to reach down to an audience that seems to be disappearing from the game, a younger audience." -- Greg Norman


Norman's return to golf as an analyst for Fox Sports' upcoming coverage of the sport is welcome news on several fronts. Viewers can hope to get Norman at his unfiltered best, the Aussie likely offering opinionated viewpoints that can help Fox carve out space in the golf-media landscape as it takes over as the flagship network for the USGA.

Fans of the Shark's snappy style aren't likely to be disappointed, either. As a player, Norman had a presence -- in victory and in defeat -- that drew attention to himself, one that carried over into his second career as a businessman. His distinct look made him instantly identifiable, something that's certain to remain as he begins his latest undertaking. 

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Impact: Heavy heart doesn't keep Noh from New Orleans win

By Alex Holmes

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"The whole last season was very good experience for my game, especially mental."
-- Seung-Yul Noh


Nobody looked cooler than 22-year-old Seung-Yul Noh this weekend during his victory at the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The stylish young man from South Korea, who struggled to keep his card in the Web.com Tour Final Series last fall, pulled off a sharp appearance all weekend at TPC Louisiana in simple modern setups. He did it, too, with the heavy heart of his country still in mourning the April 16 ferry-boat disaster, Noh wearing a black and yellow ribbon on his hat in an expression of support. 

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Impact: Rain or shine, we're playing this weekend

By Alex Holmes

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"Golf is a good walk spoiled." -- Mark Twain


Take inspiration from the Barclays Scottish Open in 2011, when torrential rains played havoc on the tournament, eventually won by Luke Donald, but didn't cause an entire washout. Don't let a little thing like wet weather hold you back from getting out on the course.

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Impact: Billy the Kid claims his first PGA Tour title

By Alex Holmes

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"I'm never going to be a flat-line guy. My heart is going to be on my sleeve with every shot." -- Billy Horschel


Horschel secured his first PGA Tour win in all sorts of style a year ago at the Zurich Classic. It began by him making six straight birdies during the final round at TPC Louisiana to get into contention on a weather-plagued day. Then he holed a 27-foot birdie putt on the 18th (after waiting out a 50-minute delay to play the final hole) to secure a final-round 64, matching the course record and holding off D.A points by a one stroke. Finally, there was his exuberant celebration, the always emotive Horschel pumping his arms and letting out a triumphant yell.

The 27-year-old former Florida Gator All-American returns to the bayou this week to navigate his way around Pete Dye's TPC track and defend his 2013 title.

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July 28, 2014

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