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While the blooming azaleas during Master's telecasts have often left me yearning for home theater smell-i-vision, I’m not exactly a green thumb and I barely pay heed to course flora apart from the turf of the fairways and greens. Still, even I couldn’t help but gape at the marvelous and functional vegetation on Le Grand Vallon.
With the U.S. Open Sunday drama unfurling and passionate and vitriolic course critiques from players in the field and legends looking on (i.e. Jordan Spieth dubbing 18, "the dumbest hole I've ever played in my life," and Gary Player's “The worst golf course I might’ve ever seen in the 63 years as a professional golfer" comment ) it's a good time to look back at our mettle-testing round there a couple years back, you play it forward
It’s a sunny day in Tacoma and shade is a rare commodity on the grassy knolls of Chambers Bay. Scanning the horizon there appear to be sea hawks tracing the sky. They’re swooping in concentric patterns and it takes a few moments to realize that I’m actually staring at kites. Optical treachery is par for the course on this Robert Trent Jones II course where putts are a lot like Transformers—way more than meets the eye.
While countryman Ivan’s status as Russia’s most famous Pavlov is secure, Andrey Pavlov nearly hacked his way into the record books with a disastrous first hole in the second round of the Lyoness Open. Pavlov got off to an abysmal start, splashing into the drink on six occasions on the 506 yard par 5 opener at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Russian professional golfer Andrey Pavlov had to grind through three bogeys during his first round of the Lyoness Open for a 1-under round of 71 in the European Tour event. But after just one hole in his second round, all that work was cast away. Pavlov powered on through without another significant blow-up getting to the turn at 53 and had a couple of birdies on the back nine finishing with a score of 90. While he didn’t make the cut, his regained composure helped him avoid finishing at the very bottom of the leaderboard. The mortifying feat of carding a seventeen on a single hole matched Chris Gane who also managed to ring up the mega number at Gleneagles a dozen year back for the second worst tally in European Tour History. The record belongs to Phillipe Porquier who managed to rack up twenty strokes during a painful to watch, "he just can't find the green," shank-o-rama on a hole during the 1978 French Open at the La Baule Golf Course.
For golfers whose flop sweat rivals their flop shot, there’s some relief out there for your glistening brow. Coolcore may sound like a new musical subgenre, but it’s actually the tech inside new golf hats by headwear stalwarts Imperial. No spring chicken, Imperial has been in the milliner game since 1916. They decked out soldiers during WWII and played a pioneering role in the development of the now ubiquitous adjustable cap.
The Bourbon, Missouri based co.’s new golf hats are powered by the aforementioned Coolcore, a moisture activated fabric technology that accelerates wicking, transportation, and regulated evaporation in the service of keeping fabric temps against your noggin up to 30% cooler. The innovation eschews polymers, gels, crystals or phase changing materials, achieving its cooling properties through hollow fibered thread in the textile which goose air circulation while regulating moisture evaporation. That’s all pretty hat-tastic, right?
Testing the Claims: Even a broad brimmed top of the line ventilated Tilly made from their proprietary Nylamtium with breathable mesh to boost airflow will feel uncomfortably hot after enough time in the blazing sun so the real question is if comfort is enhanced, and that answer is a resounding, YES. Compared with my collection of pedestrian textile golf caps and worn on a blazing 90 degree late spring day on the range I did feel perceptibly less hotheaded and any wind at all seemed to the hat.
Now it’s not buzz-cut in the breeze cooler but the difference is quite discernable. Golf’s a game of increments and the Coolcore endowed Imperial hats certainly turn down nature’s thermometer on hot days and help players keep their minds off the weather and on their game. Still to be sure I wasn’t experiencing the placebo effect, in a climate controlled setting I filled a coffee mug with water, popped it in the microwave for one minute and 25 seconds and proceeded to pour the hot liquid contents onto the cap (in a variation of Imperial’s towel demo). Then I shook the hat in the air for a little less than ten seconds, plopped it on my head and the heat was gone.
Thank the Salvation Army for the glazed goodness of National Donut Day (first Friday in June), a tradition now over seven decades strong. Looking for a post round sugar rush? Dunkin’ Donuts is offering one free donut per customer with the purchase of a drink while Krispy Kreme is doling out the goodies no strings attached.
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