Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; McIlroy's Hair Topic for Media

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; McIlroy's Hair Topic for Media

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Byline: GARRY SMITS

For the second year in a row, PGA Tour communications officials brought the pros competing in their first Players Championship to the media center for a mass interview session.

There are 18 first-time players in the tournament this year. Four failed to appear: Ross Fisher, Martin Kaymer, Thongchai Jaidee and Soren Kjeldsen.

Among the revelations the media got from the group:

- Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the youngest player in the field at the age of 20, is about ready to get a haircut. His unruly, curly crop of hair, which has not seen a barber's clippers since last September, has now taken on a 1970s disco look.

"It's getting a little annoying," he admitted.

And besides, he said his girlfriend is requesting a haircut, which usually clinches it.

- Parker McLachlin is dealing with locker room and driving range kidding about his wife, Kristy, winning Sports Illustrated's poll of players when asked to name the best-looking PGA Tour wife.

"One of my [college] coaches told me that Kristy got to be No. 1 in something on the PGA Tour before I did," McLachlin said. "Everyone's always told me I married out of my league anyway, and they're right."

McLachlin said his wife was more puzzled than embarrassed.

"She was wondering why couldn't it have gone to someone who actually cares about it," he said. "She's very unpretentious that way."

HATS OFF FOR GOYDOS

The now-famous Long Beach State baseball cap that Paul Goydos wore at The Players last year now occupies a hallowed spot: in a display case at a sports bar called the Legends in Long Beach, Calif.

Goydos auctioned the hat off at a fundraiser for the Long Beach State sports department, and the bar owner purchased it for $4,000.

"The hat almost took on a life of its own," Goydos said. "I guess people are used to seeing Taylor Made on somebody's hat, and not Long Beach."

THE LORD OF CADDIES

Garath Lord, the caddie for Robert Karlsson of Sweden, won the annual caddie contest for hitting closest to the pin at the par-3 17th hole.

Lord's winning shot was 6 feet, 1 inch, with Damon Green (Zach Johnson) second at 8-3 and Richard Hill (Oliver Wilson) third at 8-6. …

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