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Last Updated: Friday, 18 July, 2003, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
Let's go clubbing
By Francis Keogh

A new wave of trendy players are making golf sexy.

The Brit pack, including spiky-haired Ian Poulter and chirpy Paul Casey, lead the way.

Footballers like Michael Owen love playing a round, while Radio 1's DJ Spoony is taking golf to the inner cities.

But who is golf's king of cool and who finds a fashion bunker? We take six stars on our style course (par 71) to find out...


Round One - Looks
Hedgehog in serious road traffic accident. Hair boasts red and white streaks in honour of his beloved Arsenal FC.
Score: 74 (3 over par)

Age: 27
Did you know?: Once injured after falling over golf bag
Call him: Jack The Lad

Round Two - Chat
He's got the lot. The prince of Herts was born in Hitchin, raised in Stevenage. A proper Mockney. Sorted.
Score: 65 (-3)

Round Three - Celeb double
King of the Jungle Phil 'Tuffers' Tufnell. Happy days, Poults, happy days.
Score: 69 (-5)

Round Four - Style
Celebrated a trophy win with baby daughter. Sofa so good for laidback daddy cool.
Score: 71 (-5)

  • Hole in one - Sought claret tinge in hair as he competed for Claret Jug at Sandwich.
  • In the rough - Barbers was full. May miss the cut twice.

    Total cool: Five under par.


    Age: 23
    Did you know? Plays golf with Brazil's Ronaldo - handicap 14
    Call him: El Nino

    Round One - Looks
    Cheeky Spanish babyface.
    Score: 72 (+1)

    Round Two - Chat
    Bubbly. Let slip that Steve McManaman may leave Sergio's beloved Real Madrid for Arsenal.
    Score: 68 (-2)

    Round Three - Celeb double
    Italian jockey Frankie Dettori.
    Score: 69 (-4)

    Round Four - Style
    Euro chic. Prone to tantrums.
    Score: 71 (-4)

  • Hole in one - Threw ball into lake after bad Ryder Cup putt.
  • In the rough - Cried with mum when last in 1999 Open.

    Total cool: Four under


    Age: 27
    Did you know?: Real name is Eldrick Woods
    Call him: God's gift

    Round One - Looks
    Toothy grin says it all.
    Score: 70 (-1)

    Round Two - Chat
    Minimum fuss. Earnest. Focus, Tiger, focus.
    Score: 73 (+1)

    Round Three - Celeb double
    There's only one Tiger Woods.
    Score: 69 (-1)

    Round Four - Style
    Swoosh swish. Sponsors Nike have Tiger Woods fashion range.
    Score: 69 (-3)

  • Hole in one - Major player. Sporting icon.
  • In the rough - Gets snappy with snappers.

    Total cool: Three under


    Age: 38
    Did you know? Named third daughter Pebble Peach after his favourite course, Pebble Beach
    Call him: Eccentric

    Round One - Looks
    Multi-coloured lamp-post.
    Score: 71 (-)

    Round Two - Chat
    Amiable. Fabulous broken English.
    Score: 66 (-5)

    Round Three - Celeb double
    Punch (As in Judy)
    Score: 73 (-3)

    Round Four - Style
    Upturned cap, stand-out sideburns, sweater, and strides. Diamond geezer.
    Score: 73 (-1)

  • Hole in one - Tee behind his ear.
  • In the rough - Keen bridge player/magician
    (Penalty stroke).

    Total cool: Level par


    Age: 40
    Did you know? An unofficial ambassador for Scotland
    Call him: Older and wiser

    Round One - Looks
    Younger than you think.
    Score: 73 (+2)

    Round Two - Chat
    Eloquent. Occasional strop.
    Score: 68 (-1)

    Round Three - Celeb double
    Mrs Doubtfire.
    Score: 71 (-1)

    Round Four - Style
    Man at C&A.
    Score: 74 (+2)

  • Hole in one - Had a go at the Americans.
  • In the rough - Withdrew from Open after trip over step.
    Likes DIY (Two penalty strokes).

    Total cool: Four over par


    Age: 37
    Did you know? Weighs 16 stone (220lbs)
    Call him: Big hitter

    Round One - Looks
    Larger than life.
    Score: 75 (+4)

    Round Two - Chat
    A lot to talk about. Drink, drugs, gambling. Golf's slightly reformed bad boy.
    Score: 68 (+1)

    Round Three - Celeb double
    Captain Caveman.
    Score: 72 (+2)

    Round Four - Style
    No nonsense. Beer belly.
    Score: 73 (+4)

  • Hole in one - Threw putter into lake after bad round.
  • In the rough - His 11-track album My Life
    (Three penalty strokes).

    Total cool: Seven over

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