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Jenni Carlson: ‘The Golf Boys' are just what this sport needs

Former Oklahoma State golfers Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are part of the a spoof boy band that's trying to go viral on Youtube. For charity — and golf's — sake, let's hope it catches on.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: June 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm •  Published: June 15, 2011

There isn't much in the sports world that surprises us anymore.

Arrests? Upsets? Scandals?

Been there, done that.

But professional golfers forming a spoof boy band, making a crazy music video and premiering the whole thing the week of the U.S. Open?

Now, that is a new one.

That, however, is exactly what four PGA Tour golfers have done. They call themselves “The Golf Boys,” and even though it is headed up by the wacky Ben Crane, the group has a distinctly orange flavor. Oklahoma State alums Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are part of the fun along with Bubba Watson.

“We've got talent,” Mahan deadpanned during an appearance on The Golf Channel the other day.

At least, I think he was deadpanning.

These guys are having fun with the release of their first single, “Oh Oh Oh.” Believe it or not, you can buy it on iTunes.

You can also watch the video on YouTube — Farmers Insurance is donating $1,000 to charity for every 100,000 views — but I suggest you thoroughly prepare yourself for the experience. There are bad dance moves. There are bizarre props. There are slow-mo shots of all the guys riding on a golf cart.

Then, the lyrics start.

I can't possibly quote the whole thing — really, you wouldn't want that — but the highlight is definitely the bit that includes all the guys in the group.

Crane: “You wanna play with the pros now.”

Mahan: “You gotta hit it in the hole now.”

Fowler: “You wanna reach that top, yeah.”

Watson: “You gotta give it all you got.”

Lyrical gold.

But nothing, and I mean nothing, tops the outfits in the video.

Crane is sporting what has become an off-course uniform for him. He has done a couple goofy videos before, including a spoof of his workout routine that got more than 600,000 hits, and he has done them all in a red wetsuit, a black scooter helmet, pink socks and white tennis shoes.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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