U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

The Loop

The 13th And Golf Superstitions


Jack Nicklaus carrying three coins in his pocket to maintain a strong relationship with the golf gods. Tom Weiskopf using broken tees on par 3s. Payne Stewart immediately going to a new ball after making bogey with the old one. Jesper Parnevik never marking his ball with the coin "heads" up. Tiger Woods wearing red on Sunday.

On the last point, Tiger of course claims he's not superstitious, that it's simply part of his weekly attire. But as one caddie pointed out about superstitions: "Some guys say they don't have 'em because they don't know they've got 'em because they've had 'em for so long."

Of course, that quote sounds a lot like the famous psychobabble observation from former major leaguer Mickey Rivers: "I don't get upset over things I can control, because if I can control them there's no sense in getting upset. And I don't get upset over things I can't control, because if I can't control them there's no sense in getting upset."

Somewhere in there, sense is being made. We think.

So let's hear from you. Do you have any superstitions when it comes to golf?

-- Mike McAllister