Charley Hoffman's hair? Hot. Justin Rose's finish? Not
Posted: Tuesday January 23, 2007 11:03AM; Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2007 11:28AM
Is there anything more suave than sporting a full-blown mullet on the links?
Alan Shipnuck will periodically answer questions from SI.com users in his mailbag.
1. Mullets Charley Hoffman's birdie-eagle-birdie finish to win the Hope was pretty sporty, but his mangy hairdo was clearly the star of the show. Somewhere Billy Ray Cyrus is smiling.
2. Paul Casey Picking up right where he left off in 2006, the flammable Englishman stole the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship with a closing 65. Is it too early to anoint him a Masters darkhorse?
3. Julieta Granada The Million Dollar Cutie Pie led Paraguay to victory at the World Cup. Hugs from mom all around.
4. Tiger Woods He's back. Now the season really begins.
5. Bill Murray After days (and days and days...) of George Lopez's schtick, I'm already looking forward to Murray's understated, sardonic presence at the Clambake.
1. Justin Rose Goodbye, England's Rose/It seemed to me you were blown away at the Hope/Like a candle in the wind.
2. The Classic Club Gee, you think all those wind turbines are there for a reason? Maybe it's not such a good idea to build a golf course in the middle of a renewable energy experiment.
3. Sodden yahoos The R&A has finally (finally!) decided to ban cell phones at the British Open, following the disgraceful showing by the gallery at Hoylake. To further improve the spectator experience, next they will ban Monty.
4. Phil Mickelson Early in the final round, "Phil the Thrill" got it to 14-under -- just two off the eventual winning score -- then went double-bogey, bogey, bogey, double-bogey, par, bogey, fading to a 78 and 45th place. Looks like he's already got his game in shape for the U.S. Open.
5. The International Word has leaked out of Colorado that the tournament passed on the chance to be part of the FedEx Cup playoff because it didn't want to lose its "individual flavor," in the words of the Denver Post. Now the International is saddled with a bad date, no sponsor and an uncertain future, exactly the same situation it was in last year.
Senior writer Alan Shipnuck has covered golf for Sports Illustrated since 1994 and frequently contributes to SI.com.