PGA Tour Notebook: Ogilvy likes feel of his grips, made from kangaroo

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Geoff Ogilvy via Twitter
What appeals to Geoff Ogilvy the most is that he can control the tackiness of his kangaroo grips by how much he wipes them down with a wet towel.
Associated Press


Published: Sunday, March 20, 2011 | 5:18 p.m.

Geoff Ogilvy was curious about a new style of grips that he made the switch to when he was home in Australia late last year.

What’s so unusual about the leather grips from The Grip Masters?

For starters, they’re made of kangaroo -- but that’s an Australian thing.

What intrigued Ogilvy is that the more the grips get moist, the more tackier they become. He says he can control that by how much he wipes them down with a wet towel.

“I got addicted to the tackiness straight away,” Ogilvy said of the one-piece leather grips.

As for the kangaroo? The grips also are made from the leather of cows, and even deer and sea snakes.

“Everything (Rory) Sabbatini has on his belt, you can get for a grip,” Ogilvy said. “I just thought kangaroo would be cool. I’m sure I’d like a cow just as much. But everyone has cows. We’re the only country that has kangaroos.”

KAYMER’S FAME GROWING: Martin Kaymer can still make his way through airports and shopping malls without being recognized as the world’s No. 1 player, although he did get a taste of his growing fame in Arizona.

After moving to the top of the ranking, Kaymer said he was finishing up dinner at a steakhouse in Scottsdale.

“We got a free dessert from the restaurant and on the cake it said, ‘Congratulations, No. 1 in the world,”’ Kaymer said. “I get recognized a bit more than in the past.”

TWITTER AND TEXT: Lee Westwood has taken to Twitter and his followers quickly grew to some 135,000 during his 17-week reign as No. 1 in the world ranking. He is active, having put out more than 3,000 tweets.

Westwood, however, appeared to go silent when Martin Kaymer replaced him at No. 1 in the world.

That wasn’t the case. Westwood just went old school and sent Kaymer a text message. It was his agent, Chubby Chandler, who explained to him the phenomenon of Twitter.

“Sometimes you can see some of the guys on it, they don’t quite get what they’re achieving,” Chandler said. Lee has 135,000 followers, and when he wasn’t No. 1, I said to him, ‘I think you should congratulate Martin.’ He said, ‘I already have. I sent him a text.’ And I said, ‘You’ve got 135,000 people who don’t know you’ve done that.”’

DIVOTS: Now that Butch Harmon no longer works with Stewart Cink, he has added another client to his stable -- S.K. Noh, the talented teenager from South Korea. Harmon says Noh approached him in Abu Dhabi, and he came to see Harmon in Las Vegas on his way to the Cadillac Championship. Harmon says he’ll be working with him on a limited basis. … The USGA is moving its U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur events in 2012 to earlier in the year to avoid conflicts with going back to school. … Lee Trevino, 71, shot a 70 in the first round of the Toshiba Classic. It was the first time he broke his age in competition. … Golf Channel said it averaged 1.07 million viewers the opening two rounds of the Cadillac Championship, the best two-day viewership for Doral since 1.09 million viewers in 2002 when it was on USA Network. Golf Channel now has had higher ratings for all 36 of the PGA Tour rounds it has broadcast this year.

STAT OF THE WEEK: The last eight World Golf Championships have been won by eight players dating to the 2009 Bridgestone Invitational -- Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald and Nick Watney.

FINAL WORD: “I find it very strange that he has never been No. 1 in the world. He really deserved to be there. But obviously with Tiger up there all those years, it was very difficult.” -- Martin Kaymer, on Phil Mickelson never reaching the top of the world ranking.