The way things are going, expect Jim Colbert to lose his rug any day now. Already reeling from the sight of Corey Pavin sans mustache, the golf world was rocked again last week when Tom Kite showed up at the Buick Invitational without his trademark eyeglasses, which he had worn since he was 12. Three weeks ago Kite had laser surgery, zapping his 20/400 vision to a Ted Williamsesque 20/15. Losing his oversized and—let's be honest—dorky spectacles had benefits both practical and aesthetic for Kite, who finished 22nd at Torrey Pines. "I had a ball out there today playing in the rain," he said after last Friday's round. In addition to not having to deal with steamed-up lenses, distracting raindrops and mid-swing slippages, Kite also found it easier to read putts.
The new look did have him wondering about some other folks' powers of observation. "A lot of people can't figure out what's different," he says. "They ask me, 'Did you get a new haircut?' "