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
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The rest of the guys are equally outrageous.

Watson, a guy known for always buttoning his golf shirt all the way to the top, has on denim overalls. Nothing else. No shirt. No shoes.

Fowler is the guy who dresses craziest on the golf course, but he turns it up a notch for the video. He wears a black leather jacket and pants and a tasseled bandana that looks like something I wore in elementary school in the 80s. Sometimes he's wearing a shirt. Sometimes he's not.

Mahan goes with the Dirk Nowitzki look — if the Mavs superstar were a club kid back in Germany. Mahan has those shaggy, shoulder-length locks and that scruffy blond beard, but he is also wearing a fur vest — no shirt, of course — animal print pants and Ugg-like boots.

“That's my coat,” Mahan joked in that Golf Channel interview. “I wear it on the weekend. Usually, I wear a gold chain with it.”

Ah, I think he was joking.

Pro golfers having fun? Heck, this might be the best evidence yet of how far Tiger Woods' game has sunk.

We're awaiting word from Mike Holder, by the way, about whether Mahan and Fowler have been removed from the OSU record books.

(I stole that line from our man John Rohde, but it was too good to leave in an email.)

The truth is, golf needs to be less buttoned down. It's a fun game. It's an exciting sport. It's the kind of thing where you make friends with whom you'd want to shoot a goofy spoof video.

You so rarely see that side of golf.

What these four guys have done should be lauded by everyone in golf. It should be celebrated. It should be lauded. Most importantly, it should be repeated.

Less golf clapping.

More Golf Boys dancing.

Yes, it's totally silly. Sure, it's completely unexpected. But the sports world could use a surprise or two these days.

by Jenni Carlson
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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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