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andres gonzales, us open
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Andres Gonzales' Twitter bio? "Half man, half amazing."

I've done a fair bit of ranking in the past week, whether it's Dustin Johnson's best shots of the week or Shane Lowry's biggest career moments.

But this ranking is too important and monumental for me to take on alone.

Let's take a look at some of the best beards in golf, in honor of U.S. Open leader Shane Lowry. But I need some help.

So here, presented without comment, are seven of the best beards in golf. It's up to you to rank them.


Our first entrant is Andres Gonzales, the representative for mustache-wearers worldwide:



Next is Boo Weekly, whose beard seems to have aged him several hundred years:


Then we have Graham Delaet, who probably has the most famous beard on the PGA Tour:


A social media favorite would be Andrew "Beef" Johnston, who's beard-game was so strong he was mistaken for Lowry:

Thomas Bjorn brought a beard worthy of the list to the 2014 Ryder Cup, bearing resemblance to another famous beard:
And then there's of course Shane Lowry. He gets bonus points not only for leading the U.S. Open but also for trash talking another competitor on this list:


Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram who has the best beard in golf!

June 19, 2016 - 2:49pm
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Jordan Spieth
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Under Armour athlete Jordan Spieth showed support to fellow Under Armor athlete Steph Curry by wearing the much talked about "Curry 2s" to Oakmont on Sunday.

In case you missed it recently, two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry has been taking some heat for his new Under Armour signature "Curry 2" basketball shoes:


Some people have gone so far as to refer to them as "dad shoes." Others just wonder: "WHAT ARE THOSE?!?!?!?!"

With that in mind, it was fitting to see Under Armour athlete Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller pay tribute to Curry, who will play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals later today (and dads?) by wearing the Curry 2s to Oakmont for Sunday's final round -- on Father's Day:


Of course, Spieth wasn't going to sneak a tweet like that in without some hysterical banter from some fellow pros:




Surely Curry and Spieth are laughing all the way to the bank. 

June 19, 2016 - 2:16pm
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Bryson DeChambeau, us open
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Bryson DeChambeau was luckily able to find a replacement shirt before teeing off for the final round of the U.S. Open.

Young Bryson DeChambeau is only 22 years old, and he has a lot to learn. He may have great control with his irons, but as we learned on Sunday morning he may need a little help controlling his other iron.

The reigning U.S. Amateur champion took to Snapchat to show off the giant hole he burned in his shirt while ironing it.

Thankfully it looks like he was able to find a replacement before his round, although if I was in charge of fashion at the tournament I would ban replacement shirt. You burn it, you play with it.

Maybe he was just trying to bring some of Russell Westbrook's signature "hole-in-the-shirt" style to the golf course? 

Big thanks to Jason Sobel of ESPN, who captured the Snapchat story and posted it on his Twitter:



June 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
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Brooks Koepka went 8 under in n eight-hole stretch on Sunday at Oakmont, including this eagle at the par-4 10th.

Brooks Koepka is on fire at Oakmont in the final round of the 116th U.S. Open.

After bogeying two of his first three holes to start the day, Koepka suddenly finds himself inside the top 10. He played the next eight holes in 8-under par with six birdies (a chip in on No. 11) and this fantastic eagle on the par-4 10th hole from 108 yards:


Yeah. That'll work.

June 19, 2016 - 12:20pm
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Devin Gee
Devin Gee, the PGA Head Professional at Oakmont, stepped in as a playing marker for Justin Hicks during Sunday's final round of the 116th U.S. Open.

It's been an incredible few years for PGA Professional Devin Gee.

Since 2013, Gee has been the head professional of Oakmont Country Club, one of the country's most storied golf courses, transitioning to replace a legend in Bob Ford, who has played in 10 PGA Championships and three U.S. Opens and will officially retire in October.

Gee is just the third head professional in Oakmont's 69-year history. The head pro before Ford -- Lew Worsham -- won the 1947 U.S. Open at St. Louis Country Club.

While Gee hasn't accumulated the impressive number of starts of his predecessors in major champions, he did get a little taste on Sunday, when he was a playing marker for PGA Tour player Justin Hicks.

When there's an odd number of players that make the cut in a tournament, players can take a playing marker for pace of play purposes. Gee wasn't needed for the third round. Because of the weather interruptions early in the tournament, the third round featured threesomes off two tees. When the final round went back to traditional twosomes off the first tee, Hicks was the odd man out without a playing partner.

Gee was able to step in.

Here's a look at Gee's tee shot on the first hole:


Playing markers are a common thing in professional golf. There may be none more famous, however, than amateur Jeff Knox, a member of Augusta National and the designated marker each year at the Masters when duty calls.

You can learn more about Knox here.

Only Hicks, Gee and the spectators following their twosome will know how the Oakmont professional fared, as marker's do not keep a score and typically pick up and got out of the way on an especially nasty hole.

Regardless of what he shoots, it will be a memory Gee won't soon forget. 

June 19, 2016 - 11:55am
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Amateur Nick Hardy, playing in his second consecutive U.S. Open, called his dad under the ropes Saturday with two holes to go in his second round to have his dad caddie them into the house.

Amateur Nick Hardy, a sophomore on the University of Illinois men's golf team, qualified for his second U.S. Open at Oakmont this past week.

Hardy missed the cut by four strokes with rounds of 77-73 (10 over total), but provided a memory his father is sure to never forget. U.S. Open Sunday falls on Father's Day after all, and since he wouldn't be playing he had to do something.

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The 20-year-old Hardy, knowing his chances of making the cut were slim to none late in his second round on Saturday, decided to have his caddie take the final two holes off so his father, John, could carry the bag, inside the ropes and alongside his son to cap off the week.

Papa Hardy was incredibly appreciative of his son's gesture:


Nick Hardy finished T52 in his first U.S. Open start a year ago at Chambers Bay, thanks to a 68 in the final round.