Best of Head Covers, Part I
Aside from the odd Spider Man-impersonating PGA golfer, the fellas' on-course demeanor has been fairly muted this week. Some red pants, some sunglasses, a few bright shirts, and that's about it. No out-of-control beards. No "I Can't Feel My Face" style celebrations. No gallery brawls.
The easiest jolt of personality may come from the excellent head covers popping out of the occasional golf bag. Why every pro golfer doesn't have a signature head cover, I'll never understand, but there are at least a few worth mentioning. (For more, check out a PDF gallery my paper did last year, sigh.) Some examples, starting with Ryan Armour's floppy Buckeye mascot, pictured above.
Best chances for a golf fight? Armour vs. Camilo Villegas, who attended Florida and has this menacing Gator mascot head cover, pictured below. Anyone remember the 2007 national championship game? I'll take Villegas in a rout.
Moving away from mascots to other cartoon-style figures, witness Robert Allenby's yellow duck, the mascot for an Australian charity, Challenge, that supports children with cancer.
This is George McNeill's cover, featuring artwork of a tarpon, done by outdoors artist Guy Harvey. McNeill's caddie had to explain to me both what a tarpon is, and who is the legendary Harvey.
Lastly, don't sleep on the John Rollins rocket. You can buy that bit of July 4th-appropriate golf art on sale for just $24.95.
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