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Impact: Billy the Kid claims his first PGA Tour title

By Alex Holmes


"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.

Getty Images (2013)
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Impact: Luke Donald must grin and bear it at Harbour Town. Again

By Alex Holmes


"Disappointed, obviously, not to have won. Usually a solid 69 on a windy day with a two-shot lead is enough to get it done on Sundays. It's tough to win out here and hats off to Matt for a superb round." -- Luke Donald

For the third time in his last six trips to Harbour Town, Donald finished runner-up at the RBC Heritage, this time thanks to some impressive 72nd-hole heroics from Matt Kuchar. Sure second is nothing to sniff at, but the Englishman had to think he had a pretty good chance to win again on the PGA Tour for the first time since March 2012. Aside from his runner-ups on Hilton Head Island, he also has two T-3s in the tournament since 2010.  
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Flat brims are losing the war against normal hats, but they're gaining ground on visors

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- You may not realize it, but there's a war raging on the PGA Tour. It's between people who like flat brims, people who don't like flat brims, and people who don't really care about flat brims or the war.

On second thought, the word "war" might be a bit much, but since Rickie Fowler and his flat brim burst onto the scene, the ground is definitely shifting.

Related: Is it OK for Fowler to wear hat backwards?

For reasons unknown even to us, we decided to conduct an audit of what everybody in the RBC Heritage field wore on Friday to help give us gauge the current state of affairs. Of the 131 players in who teed it up on Friday, here's how the headwear demographic breaks down:

103 (78 percent) normal hats
18 (14 percent) visors
8 (6 percent) flat brims
2 (~1 percent) no hat
1 (~1 percent) miscellaneous hats

First things first: you're probably wondering what a "miscellaneous hat" is. I classified a miscellaneous hat as any piece of headwear that isn't a flat brim, visor or normal hat. A straw hat, for example, or this thing:

Anyway, as you can see, normal hats are obviously pretty far out in front, but flat brims are getting pretty close to visors. In theory, should flat brims manage to convert a few of those four non-traditional hat enthusiasts (John Daly, perhaps? He's one of the two non-hat wearers) and continue drawing from the pool of normal hat-wearers as they have done over the last few years, there could soon be a new secondary headwear choice on the PGA Tour. Buckle up.

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John Daly is wearing pants with scantily-clad women on them

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- It makes sense that on a cold and wet day at the RBC Heritage, John Daly's pants continue to be a ray of sunshine on the PGA Tour.

Daly, whose Loudmouth pants have made him something of a cult style icon in recent years, donned a pair of pants featuring a print of seductive-looking women. For those interested, the Loudmouth website lists the "Galaxy Girls" pants for $100.

Related: Some woman was crazy enough to let John Daly hit a golf ball out of her mouth

"I'm going to try to make them smile today," Daly said about his pants on the putting green before his second round tee-time. He shot a three-over 74 in the first round of the RBC Heritage.

Here's a picture of John Daly wearing his pants, smoking and putting. Or, in other words, multi-tasking:



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Impact: Ian Baker-Finch's four-legged prize for winning a Japan PGA Tour event

By Alex Holmes


"I felt like I was walking naked, like the grass was taller than me. I tried to walk with my head high. It was really hard." -- Ian Baker-Finch

On April 17, 1988 -- before both his best and worst days as a golfer -- Baker-Finch won the Bridgestone Aso Open in Aso, Japan. It was his third career victory on the Japan PGA Tour, and he earned more than 7 million yen (approximately $54k) in prize money.

That wasn't, however, all Baker-Finch "received" for his victory. The town of Aso, operating as one of Japan's largest dairy producing regions at the time, gifted the golfer a cow as well.

Baker-Finch graciously sold the cow back to the sponsors.   
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Game improvement: 5 slip-ons that will keep your feet styling

By Alex Holmes

No matter who you are, chances are you've got some gear in your game that could use an update. While we don't advise retooling everything at once, trading up a few staples at a time is the ticket to solid style. Each week we'll pull a dud from the dark depths of every man's collection and suggest a simple substitute. Check your nostalgia at the door -- it's time for your tune up.

So you think your dad's tassle loafers are a little too classic for your commute to the course, but you've long since stepped down from the helm of the S.S Fraternalus -- leaving your boat shoes to the college bros. It's time then to check out five sweet slip-ons that will take you to and from your next round in style.

Vans -- $45   


Rivieras -- $90


Swims -- $165


Supra -- $70


Seavees -- $88


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Impact: Fred Astaire, dancer/golf trick shot artist

By Alex Holmes


"The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style." -- Fred Astaire

On April 15, 1938, Astaire and fellow golfer, Ginger Rogers, wrap the 2 minute and 45 second tap dancing golf sequence in "Carefree" in a single take.

For a glimpse of the type of dance/golf trick shot artistry Astaire could pull off, check out this other YouTube video:

Astaire, who played to a single-digit handicap, strikes five mid-irons and six drivers in the scene. It was said that when the balls were collected after the take all the shots were concentrated in two distinct landing areas with very little dispersion. Astaire was wildly considered a style icon on and off the course in his day and will always be remembered as one of the game's most fashionable fans.

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Caution: Looking directly at Lee Westwood's shirt may cause permanent retina damage

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Lee Westwood is wearing an extremely bright shirt on Friday at the Masters. Put on your sunglasses and take a look.

This is the second straight day he's worn a shirt that could potentially make people dizzy. On Thursday, he opted for a radioactive waste-themed outfit. Notice the reflection on his neck.

Here's a picture of him glowing from far away.

This hazardous trend seemed to start at the 2013 British Open, when he showed up on Thursday wearing a similar shirt (and matching shades).

It calmed down a bit before picking back up at Bay Hill this year (our working theory is that he was excited for the year's first major).

If you're planning on watching Westwood on Friday -- especially in person -- don't stare at him too long. Probably best to wear sunglasses. Sunblock, too. And drink lots of water, just in case.

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Impact: Quite a G'day for Adam Scott in 2013

By Alex Holmes

loop-impact-adam-scott-140411-518.jpg"If all else fails, birdie the last." -- Adam Scott

On a gray, rainy Sunday afternoon in Georgia, Scott rolled in a 25-foot birdie on the 18th to push the 2013 Masters into extra holes. Another birdie on the second sudden-death playoff secured the Aussie's green jacket and his first major victory. His title defense started impressively Thursday when Scott shot an opening 69 to sit one off the lead.

Photo: Getty Images (2013)

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Impact: Happy Birthday to the dashing Spaniard

By Alex Holmes


"I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back and wish them luck, but I am thinking, 'I am going to bury you.' " -- Seve Ballesteros 

Severiano Ballesteros, the two-time Masters champion and five-time major winner, was born 57 years ago today, April 9, 1957, in PedreƱa, Cantabria, Spain. Sadly, it's already been nearly three years since he passed away from brain cancer in May 2011. He will forever be remembered for his flamboyant playing style, fearless match-play guile and constant commitment to the game, and his presence was missed at Tuesday night's Champions dinner at Augusta National.

Happy birthday, Seve. We miss you.

Photo: Getty Images (1976)

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