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Lucky Charms
SCOTT GUMMER
June 05, 2006
Yeah, yeah--these guys are good, but they'll be the first to tell you that a little luck never hurts. PGA Tour pros have a powerful, if sometimes twisted, affinity for unseen forces--"My superstition is not to abide superstitions," says Stuart Appleby, "because I'm afraid of bad luck"--and almost every one of them carries something on his person or in his bag to ward off the bogeyman. Here's a sampling.
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June 05, 2006

Lucky Charms

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Yeah, yeah--these guys are good, but they'll be the first to tell you that a little luck never hurts. PGA Tour pros have a powerful, if sometimes twisted, affinity for unseen forces--"My superstition is not to abide superstitions," says Stuart Appleby, "because I'm afraid of bad luck"--and almost every one of them carries something on his person or in his bag to ward off the bogeyman. Here's a sampling.

CRAIG BARLOW A divot tool from the 1995 U.S. Amateur, won by Tiger Woods, at Newport (R.I.) Country Club.

OMAR URESTI A 50-cent piece received as change in Garden City, Kans., in 1991 during the week of his first pro tournament.

TIGER WOODS A tiger headcover embroidered with GOOD LUCK in Thai by his mother, Kultida.

JERRY KELLY A Filipino coin given to him by an anonymous spectator in 1993 at his first Nationwide tour event.

CHRIS SMITH The number 15 on his club, because he believes golfers are athletes and should have a number.

BILLY ANDRADE A chestnut given to him by Polly Mitchell, Andrade's 99-year-old neighbor in Atlanta.

JASON GORE A bag tag bearing a photo of his 17-month-old son, Jaxon.

DEAN WILSON Two 1963 quarters whose dates--minus the 19s--denote a desired score.

SERGIO GARCIA A horn from Naples, Italy, that he wears on a chain around his neck.

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