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Intriguing Pro Golfers Who Smoke: PGA, LPGA, & Years Past

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In professional golf, with its physical demands , it’s surprising to find a number of both male and female golfers who smoke. Despite the common association of a healthy lifestyle for athletes, it remains a fairly ordinary practice today (whether on or off the course).

As a non-smoker, I hadn’t considered smoking within the golf community until a recent personal experience. I was playing a game with an old friend when he casually lit a cigarette after his tee shot on the third hole, a Par 5. Even though smoking wasn’t banned on the course, this prompted me to think more about its presence in golf.

DISCLAIMER: This article objectively examines smoking habits among some of the most-loved professional golfers on the PGA Tour. We are not advocating for smoking tobacco since it can have severe and detrimental impacts on your health.

Is Smoking Allowed on the PGA Tour?

John Daly 2023 smoking on the 18th hole at the PGA Tour Champions, Furyk & Friends Golf Tournament.

Smoking tobacco on a golf course can be a ticklish subject. Golf courses showcase nature’s splendor, offering a clean, pristine backdrop for this beloved sport.

Many people argue that it is criminal to mar the beauty of a place such as a golf course with smoking. There are also other residual effects like the disposal of cigarette butts and chemicals in the tobacco.

Then there are others who represent that a vast, open space like a golf course presents the lowest opportunity for causing discomfort to others. Quite unlike an urban setting where one is constantly surrounded by other people. There is no better place to permit smokers to light up with the least discomfort to others. Smokers also claim that it helps them to calm down and focus, hence is a necessary part of their game.

What does the PGA rule book say about smoking? 

The PGA does not appear to have any specific rules permitting or prohibiting smoking. They prefer to leave it to the rules of the courses where events are held.

Smoking rules on golf courses fall into one of the following categories:

  • Those that completely ban smoking and use of tobacco products on the golf course.
  • Those that provide designated areas for lighting up, including during a practice round.
  • Those that do not expressly ban smoking or have a policy on smoking. It is expected that the rules prevalent in the jurisdiction where the club is situated will apply. This would mean ensuring that no discomfort is caused to others and no advantage is sought during a game.

Other rules of golf could include smoke and cigarettes as artificial objects on the golf course. Hence, judging the direction and intensity and direction of the wind based on the smoke blown by a smoker could be construed as cheating. Just like the use of a handkerchief as a surrogate wind sock is not permitted.

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Professional Golfers Who Smoke

It’s no secret that some PGA golfers smoke, not just during practice rounds or at the driving range, but also during PGA tournaments. Some players are known to seize every chance they get to light up, almost as if they need to. Meanwhile, for others, it’s more of a sporadic indulgence.

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of the golfers who smoke cigars - shown lighting up his cigar before the tee shot in 2023

Miguel Angel Jimenez could well be the poster boy for the good life on the golf tour. He is close to 60 and has progressed from an early life of struggle to one built on the success of his game. Likewise, he has moved from smoking cigarettes to cigars. He has won 21 times on the European tour and has the most starts.

Responding to a question about the secret of his longevity, Jimenez stated , “There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars, and some exercise!”

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke hitting a tee shot with his driver

Darren Clarke , OBE, is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland, now active on the PGA Tour Champions.

He acquired a reputation for smoking cigars and cigarettes during rounds almost rivaling that of John Daly, a contemporary. He has 22 wins to his credit, including one major.

The comparison does not end there. Overweight, slouching, puffing on a cigarette during rounds, Clarke cuts an Average Joe figure on the course. And the crowds love that.

Clarke has experienced the ups and downs of life. His first wife Heather died in 2006 after a four year battle with breast cancer. He married former model Alison in 2012. Without going extreme, and altogether eliminating the things he loves, the golfer from Dungannon has made efforts to moderate his habit in the last few years. It is a relatively new Darren Clarke one sees these days on the golf course.

Tim Herron one of the golfers who smokes is shown in 2023 on the En-Joie Golf Course in NY

Four-time PGA tournament winner, Tim Herron now plays on the PGA Tour Champions. He started smoking before he started college at the University of New Mexico, where he played on the golf team. 

He got a scare once when he realized that his coach John Fields had caught on to his bad habit. Sure enough, he was called to the office the following day. To his surprise, however, the coach told him that he was an adult and could do what he pleased. That, he says, led to an increase in his smoking.

Another problem erupted when the NCAA banned smoking tobacco at events. It was during the time he was in college. But young Herron was not to be denied. He developed a method of walking out of bounds while smoking and then coming back into play, occasionally to the ire of opposing players.

A claw putting grip photo of the 52-year-old American with a cigarette in hand has acquired cult status, showcasing his habit as well as his skill.

‘Common man’ Herron is liked by fans and fellow golfers. His quotes only seem to make him more likable: “I’m still searching for my dream workout. Maybe yoga or meditation. So far, everything I try still makes me sweat.”

John Daly finishing his putt and walking of the green with his caddy. Known to some as the fat golfer who smokes.

John Daly, a winner of two majors, is often referred to as the free spirit of golf, preferring to live life on his own terms, instead of following the regimented lifestyle of top athletes. And, even with a recent knee replacement , he is going strong after almost 35 years on the tour. In his prime, he was the most consistent long driver in the game. 

The 56-year-old brought an everyman charm to the sometimes-stuffy country club atmosphere of golf, often making a statement with his colorful clothing as much as his golf.

Smoking has been a big part of his persona, ever since he caught the habit, at the age of 19. He is known to do smoking tricks such as inhaling through his nose and exhaling through his mouth, on demand.

Add to it his consumption of Diet Cokes and Peanut M&Ms during a round and frequenting low-brow establishments such as McDonald’s and Hooters’, and you have an icon on your hands. 

“I don’t drink water,”   Daly states .  “I hate water.”

Thomas Bjorn

The 52-year-old Dane has occasionally been pictured with a cigarette dangling from his lips. However, Thomas Bjorn perhaps falls in the ‘casual’ smoker category more than the obsessed or addicted one. 

With 15 European tour wins, he is the most successful Danish golf player ever. He is also well known and well regarded for surfacing his battles with depression during his pro career, on more than one occasion. Mind Game, a book he has written along with Michael Calvin, is a sensitive portrayal of the psychological battles he fought as a golfer. It drew attention to an aspect of golf that is rarely openly voiced, but felt by many. 

Interestingly, Bjorn calls golf the loneliest sport in the world.

Rocco Mediate

Rocco Mediate on the first tee with his cigar and caddy, known as being one of the PGA players that smoke.

Rocco Mediate  is an American pro golfer who is perhaps best remembered for his historic duel with Tiger Woods at the US Open in 2008 where he eventually lost in a Monday playoff. The 60-year-old has six victories against his name on the PGA Tour.

He loves the occasional cigar, with Fuente Fuente OpusX, Padrón 1964 Anniversary, and Montecristo No. 4 being his preferred choices. His liking for cigars is well known. He is often followed by cigar-smoking groups during a tournament rooting for him. Like they did when he outdueled Colin Montgomerie for a win in the Senior PGA Championship at the Harbor Shores Golf Club in Michigan. Mediate himself was gnawing at a cigar for much of that round.

Mediate has also admitted to being a recovering alcoholic, who gave up drinking in October 2017. He would vodka out of a clear plastic bottle while playing golf, making it appear to be water.

Mediate also makes it a point to mention his bonding with other golfers who smoke, such as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke.

Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera was the first Argentine to win a major. He won the 2007 US Open, where he withstood a challenge from Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods, followed by the 2009 Masters. During his heyday, Cabrera cut a distinctive figure on the course, with his duck-like gait and, well, the habit of smoking on almost every hole. He once famously joked, “Some players have psychologists, sportologists. I smoke.”

Cabrera is currently serving time in prison. He was convicted on two separate charges of assault against two different former girlfriends. He believes the time in prison may have helped him overcome his drinking and smoking habits.

Marcel Siem

43-year-old Marcel Siem could be one of the younger regular smokers on tour. He is more likely to be seen smoking on the days leading up to the tournament than when he is competing. Siem has 5 European tour victories in a total of 7 career titles.

Dustin Johnson

In 2021, a cover of Cigar Aficionado was graced by Dustin Johnson. He may have a liking for it but Johnson is not a known regular smoker, perhaps conscious of the demands of being a top athlete. Disarmingly, he says the habit could grow on him as he ages.

The winner of two majors, the 2016 US Open and the 2020 Masters, Johnson finished in a tie for second at two others. He also has six wins in the World Gold Championship, with only Woods having won more.

It does seem that the incidence of active players smoking is falling. At least that of players seen smoking. Dustin Johnson is the only under 40 active player on the list. It could be greater health awareness. It could be knowing that they are role models and likely to be copied by millions of younger fans. It could also be their attractiveness to sponsors, with a wholesome, clean image being a preference for most.

Top PGA Tour Golfers Who Used to Smoke

No wonder then that there are many more examples of yesteryear players smoking. Along similar lines, on the senior tour , with a more relaxed tempo and lower stakes, one is likely to see more players lighting up.

Ben Hogan is widely recognized as one of the best golfers of all time. He has 9 major wins, and 71 professional victories, besides many awards and accolades,

He was also a regular, unapologetic smoker, like many others during his time. His cigarette of choice was the Chesterfield unfiltered.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer

Between Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus, you have a large proportion of golfing royalty of all time.

Though Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer did not get along, they did have two things in common; golfing skills and smoking. It is said about Palmer that he could smoke three cigarettes on a par three.

Jack Nicklaus was a regular smoker as well. He is believed to have cooled off to the idea of smoking on the golf course when he saw a highlights video of himself putting while smoking. He also bought into the idea of smoking not presenting the right image of an athlete. He stopped smoking, at least on the course.

Charlie Sifford

Though not quite in the same league as a player like Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer, Charlie Sifford had other firsts to his credit. When he joined the PGA tour in 1961, he was the first Black player to achieve the distinction. A cigar and Sifford were rarely separated, whether in practice rounds or golf tournaments. He was most comfortable with a cigar dangling from his lips.

Sifford won two tour titles followed by a Senior Tour Open Championship. It was his belief that his cigar prevented him from swaying off the ball. The golf ball had to be at the end of the burning cigar.

Do LPGA Golfers Smoke?

Smoking golfer, Danielle Kang hitting her driver competes during the final round of the 2018 Buick LPGA Shanghai at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai.

Of course, there are smokers on the LPGA Tour, though lower than on the Men’s Tour. Here are a few LPGA players who smoke cigarettes (or once did).

JoAnne Carner

JoAnne Carner, now in her eighties, won 43 titles on the LPGA Tour. She was the second player to cross the million-dollar earning mark in the history of LPGA. She is one of the best ladies’ players ever, equally popular off and on the course because of her approachable personality. She was an avid life-long smoker, managing to kick the habit only a few years back.

Just for perspective, Carner was born in 1939. Jack Nicklaus in 1940.

Danielle Kang

Daniella Kang is also among the LPGA golfers who smoke cigarettes. The 6 time LPGA Tour winner keeps a packet of Dunhill cigarettes in her golf bag and lights one before every golf tournament . For her, it seems to be a way of calming herself as well as honoring the memory of her father. He caddied for her when she won back-to-back United States Women’s Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Kang is also known to light up a few cigarettes when she visits her father’s grave and leaves him one, too (since it was his favorite brand).

Akiko Fukushima

Right between the two is former Japanese pro golfer Akiko Fukushima. She won 24 times on the LPGA of Japan Tour and twice on the LPGA Tour. She was once pictured smoking on the course during a round with Michelle Wie.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is smoking allowed on pga tour.

Smoking on the PGA Tour remains an individual’s choice. The PGA does not have any specific rules either permitting or prohibiting smoking. They prefer to leave it to the rules of the courses where events are held. Of course, it is to be assumed that in doing so, the smoker is not causing any discomfort to others.

Can PGA players smoke cigarettes?

The simple answer is yes. Cigars remain equally popular among pro golfers who smoke such as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Rocco Mediate.

Which PGA Tour players smoke on the tour’s golf courses?

Among players known for smoking on the course include John Daly, Tim Herron, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Rocco Mediate, and Marcel Siem.

Can PGA players drink beer while playing?

Unlike smoking, which some smokers believe calms them down, no such claims exist for alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol while playing golf on the PGA Tour is uncommon.

Final Thoughts on Golfers Who Smoke

Smoking in golf probably mirrors the journey of smoking in life; with fewer people smoking in public compared to the past. As an amateur golfer , I have noticed that the probability of having a smoker in a random four ball is lower today than it was some thirty years back when I started. Today one could play several rounds over a few months before encountering one.

Even if PGA golfers are smoking, they are increasingly doing it away from the media glare, unlike in the past. The PGA Tour, in its effort to project a clean, wholesome image for the sport, also does its bit to avoid association with instances of players smoking.

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7 PGA Golfers Who Smoke (With Fun Stories)

Pro golfers who smoke have been around for a long time. The sport is often associated with professional behavior including the lack of bad habits but there are PGA smokers out there.

Some PGA golfers that smoke cigarettes are pretty famous for doing so. They have popularized this phenomenon by stating how many cigarettes they smoke per day.

Who are the top PGA golfers who smoke?

Some of the PGA golfers who smoke include Thomas Bjorn, John Daly, Darren Clarke, Marcel Siem, and Shaun Norris. These golfers are known for smoking multiple cigarettes per day while remaining athletes.

Smoking in the PGA has long been happening and that’s why it’s important to dig deeper into this reality.

How common is it to smoke on the PGA tour? How many golfers smoke?

This guide is going to answer all of your questions including shedding light on the top PGA golfers who smoke cigarettes.

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Can Players Smoke On The PGA Tour?

Yes, players can smoke on the PGA tour and several golfers are known for doing so. They will often step aside to smoke their cigarette as it is out in the open. It’s important to note, smoking cigarettes is still frowned upon and is not done by every golfer.

However, golfers that smoke do find time on the golf course to light a cigarette. This comes down to making time.

Some golfers are chain smokers. This means they are constantly smoking and that means they want to do it while playing too.

These golfers will often have a cigarette on standby while they are playing on the golf course.

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How Many PGA Golfers Smoke Cigarettes?

When it comes to PGA golfers that smoke cigarettes, it is a handful of golfers. Most are strict athletes that do not drink or smoke. However, there are popular names such as Thomas Bjorn and John Daly that do smoke cigarettes.

It’s important to note this is not a common reality on the golf course.

Golfers that smoke are still rare. This is simply due to the nature of the sport and wanting to be healthy as an athlete.

Golfers who smoke cigarettes are far and few between but they are out there.

PGA Golfers Who Smokes

1. thomas bjorn.

When it comes to PGA tour smokers, it’s best to start with Thomas Bjorn.

The reason Thomas was noticed as a smoker had to do with a few of his popular photos coming out with a cigarette in hand. It was during the early 2000s when this occurred as Bjorn would only smoke from time to time.

He often did this to clear his mind and that is one of the reasons he didn’t smoke all the time.

Thomas Bjorn smoking is a reality and that is what makes him a name on this list.

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2. John Daly

When it comes to smoking on the PGA tour, this is one name that stands out more than anyone else for this particular habit.

John Daly once did an interview and stated he could smoke throughout the day while also drinking a variety of beverages. The reason he could do this was that he didn’t manage to fall ill despite his bad choices. He is a golfer with a bad diet .

He was a chain smoker and that is one of the reasons it often confused people as to how he managed to play golf and do well.

When it comes to PGA tour smokers, he is right up there at the top of the heap. John Daly smoking is famous for a reason and it is the first name people think about when it comes to smoking golfers.

3. Tim Herron

Tim Herron is a unique one because he was nothing more than a casual smoker. A lot of golf fans never saw Tim light a cigarette but there were a few moments when he did whip out a cigarette.

One of those photos did become popular as he was playing golf at the time with a cigarette in his hand.

When it came to PGA players that smoke, he was one name that did make the rounds at the time.

It is not always common for a golfer to smoke while golfing. This is what made Tim Herron unique at the time.

Tim Herron smoking is not always going to be noticeable but it is something that has been shot a few times.

4. Darren Clarke

When it comes to cigarette smoke on PGA tours, there is one name that can stand with the biggest chain smokers in golf and that would be Darren Clarke.

Darren Clarke has long been known as a golfer that loves smoking a cigarette. There is never a time when he doesn’t want to get hold of a cigarette and this has led him to becoming popular for the action.

Whenever he has a chance on the golf course, he wants to take out a cigarette to smoke for a while.

Darren Clarke smoking is a common sight.

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5. Marcel Siem

When it comes to Marcel Siem smoking, it is more about doing it as a casual habit away from the sport.

Some of the golfers that smoke on this list are those who do it on the golf course. Marcel Siem is not one of those names as he prefers to keep the cigarettes back at home for his days off.

He believes it is better to smoke cigarettes in his downtime rather than do it out in the open while golfing.

6. Jack Nicklaus

Some PGA golfers smoke cigarettes and then there are PGA golfers that smoke cigars.

Jack Nicklaus is a popular pro golfer that smokes cigars.

It is noted he loves taking out an expensive cigar and lighting it when he is celebrating. This is his way of letting loose and taking in whatever he is celebrating. However, it was not common for Jack Nicklaus to do this on the golf course.

7. Shaun Norris

This is not the first name you are going to think of when it comes to a professional golfer smoking on tour.

However, professional golfers often mention Shaun Norris as a serious chain smoker and someone they don’t want to mess with. He has a rugged personality and is someone that is always looking to light a cigarette when allowed to do so.

Shaun Norris smoking is a common sight around the tour. He loves doing it and there is never a time when he doesn’t want to be holding a cigarette in hand.

Female Golfers Who Smoke

1. jessica cordo.

When it comes to LPGA smokers, Jessica Cordo has to be the first name on the list. She is known for lighting a cigarette from time to time.

It is not known whether or not Jessica is a chain smoker but she is someone that has taken the time to smoke.

2. Danielle Kang

For LPGA players that smoke, it is important to also list Danielle Kang. She is an LPGA pro golfer that smokes and is known for taking the time to smoke on the tour.

The reason for her smoking is a personal one.

It is stated she often carries the cigarettes with her due to her father. It is seen as a way to respect his memory when she is golfing due to his support during her career. Whenever she wants to calm down, she will take out a cigarette and ease up.

3. JoAnne Carner

When looking at female golfers that smoke, JoAnne Carner is a name that is going to come up too.

JoAnne Carner was renowned for her golfing and also her smoking.

At the time, smoking was quite common in all places and that is why she also adored smoking cigarettes. It was normal to walk around and see JoAnne Carner lighting a cigarette on the golf course.

She always had one ready after she had played a shot or two.

Final Thoughts

These are the leading PGA golfers who smoke.

Numerous PGA golfers smoke including John Daly, Marcel Siem, Shaun Norris, and Darren Clarke. While it is not as common as drinking, some golfers smoke cigarettes or cigars from time to time.

Most people follow golf etiquette and prefer fitting in as new golfers . This is great but some golfers love smoking and this is a part of who they are on the golf course.

Some golfers love smoking, some love drinking, and some golfers love tattoos . There are different personalities on the tour and that’s what makes it exciting.

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5 PGA Golfers Who Smoke

Golf has traditionally been seen as a gentleman’s sport. The players have typically been known to be clean cut, avoiding any types of dirty habits. So, it is a bit tough to imagine professional golfers participating in cigarette smoking. However, there have been plenty of golfers throughout the years that still seem to enjoy a smoke or two on tour.

I decided to take a look around to see which current and past PGA golfers still smoke, here is what I found.

PGA Golfers Who Smoke:

  • Marcel Siem
  • Darren Clarke
  • Thomas Bjorn

If you are surprised at all that there are golfers that do smoke while on tour, then you are not alone. Generally, the PGA tries not to televise any players smoking. This is likely due to the fact that the PGA does have younger fans , and televising something like smoking may not have the best impact on them.

1. John Daly

Probably one of the most well known cigarette smokers in the professional golf world is John Daly. Since he started playing in 1987, Daly would smoke regularly during tours and rounds of golf. 

He has claimed, in an interview with Graham Bensinger , that he began smoking in college to lose weight so that he could play on the golf team.

2. Tim Herron

Another player who is known to smoke on the course is Tim Herron. While his smoking habits are lesser known than John Daly’s he still has a small reputation of smoking. In fact, there is a viral photo of Tim Herron ‘Claw-Grip’ putting with a cigarette in hand.

This photo clearly shows his master-class skill, being able to put while holding a smoke at the same time.

3. Marcel Siem

Marcel Siem seems to be the youngest player on this list who smokes cigarettes while playing golf. According to sources, Marcel Siem is more likely to smoke days prior to tournaments rather than smoking the day of the tournament. 

4. Darren Clarke

Another golfer who is almost as notorious as John Daly for smoking during his golf rounds is Darren Clarke. He frequently smokes cigarettes and cigars in between strokes. Unsurprisingly, he has brought a significant amount of controversy regarding cigarette smoking on professional tours.

5. Thomas Bjorn

Thomas Bjorn has been one of the more casual smokers in the professional golf world. One of his more well known smoking photos was taken back in 2002 during the Ryder Cup. While reading the green before a putt, he can be seen taking a few drags from his cigarette. 

Is Smoking Allowed on PGA Tour?

Currently, the PGA does not have any specific rules that prohibit players from smoking on tour. 

However, it does seem as though certain venues ban smoking on their premises. In other words, PGA Players are allowed to smoke as long as the club/course does not have any policies that prohibit it.

I got into contact with an employee from Bethpage Golf Course (a club that has hosted multiple PGA tournaments). According to him, there are designated areas on the course where PGA golfers can smoke, however they are totally allowed to smoke on the course as well.

Interestingly, I found an image of John Daly smoking a cigarette on the course during a PGA tournament. This video makes it seem like PGA players can smoke where they please.

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Despite making just three PGA Tour starts since October 2017, Spencer Levin remains one of the tour’s great folk heroes. The last time he was truly in the mix at the 2017 Quicken Loans National, he had one of the great reactions to one of his own shots late in the round. It summed up the entire Spencer Levin experience .

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It was moments like that that made Levin such a fan favorite, at least among hardcore fans. He’s always been an emotional wreck during his rounds, which is something we all could relate to . Nobody lives and dies with each shot quite like Levin:

Moments like the one above are part of the reason Levin smoked cigarettes, a LOT of cigarettes. It calmed the nerves, and his cig-smoking was another one of the many reasons he’s so beloved. Thankfully for his own health, he no longer does, but he revealed just how bad it was at times on a recent ForeThePeople podcast appearance. One of the hosts, JJ Killeen (John Peterson is the other) read a fan question to Levin that asked Levin “what was the most cigs you ever burned in a round?” Levin’s answer made our lungs hurt.

“Dude, that’s a good question,” Levin said. “I don’t know man, obviously I didn’t count ’em, but I’m sure it was probably one a hole if I’m nervous. Maybe, on a par 5, maybe a couple sometimes. So, it was a lot. I don’t smoke anymore, but it was kind of depending on the round and depending where I’m at, but I’m sure nervous ones, if I was playing well coming down the stretch, I bet it was one a hole.”

Levin later added that it was “maybe a pack.” Given there are 20 cigarettes in a pack, it most likely was. We doubt he was smoking 18 and saving the last two for later. What a savage. John Daly-esque, even .

Levin’s full podcast appearance seems well worth the listen, especially if there are more tidbits like this cigarettes one, and like this Anthony Kim story:

Yeah, we’re going to have to listen to this whole thing.

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John Daly has long since been one of the more controversial figures in all of golf. ‘Long John,’ as he’s been known for his ability to hit long off the tee, has been in the headlines lately. He recently posted to his Instagram account an epic Taco Bell order that went viral across social media.

But his health and lifestyle choices are not just a thing of the present. He’s been known to smoke cigarettes while playing rounds of golf, while having been, to put it kindly, out of shape for quite some time.

That likely did not help him much when he was forced to withdraw from the Senior PGA Championship last week.

CBS Senior Sports Writer Will Brinson took to Twitter recently to share a memory of Daly. While following him at the Wyndham Championship in 2008, he took what he called meticulous notes.

What he witnessed during a practice round leading up to the tournament is astounding.

John Daly is simply built different. (Credit: @WillBrinson ) — Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) May 27, 2023

“The final tally of everything he put into his body over a full 18 holes: 21 cigs, 12 Diet Cokes, 6 packs of Peanut M&M’s and 0 ounces of water,” Brinson tweeted.

A fan retweeted remarking that he remembered that event and it being nearly 100 degrees out that day. To which Brinson responded “Greensboro in mid-August with nothing but M&M’s, cigs and DCs is basically like crawling through the Sahara” per the Daily Star.

John Daly is a two-time major champion, having won the PGA Championship in 2001 and the Open Championship in 2005. His relatable personality, outlandish antics and unhealthy habits have been some of the character traits that have made him a lightning rod in the sport.

Here’s to hoping that never stops.

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Six climate protesters run onto 18th green and spray powder, delaying finish of PGA Tour event

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CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Six climate protesters stormed the 18th green while the leaders were lining up their putts for the final hole of regulation at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship on Sunday, spraying smoke and powder and delaying the finish for about five minutes.

The protesters waved smoke bombs that left white and red residue on the putting surface before Scottie Scheffler, Tom Kim and Akshay Bhatia finished their rounds. Some wore white T-shirts with the words “NO GOLF ON A DEAD PLANET” in black lettering on the front.

“I was scared for my life,” Bhatia said. “I didn’t even really know what was happening. ... But thankfully the cops were there and kept us safe, because that’s, you know, that’s just weird stuff.”

The PGA Tour issued a statement thanking the Cromwell Police Department “for their quick and decisive action” and noting that there was no damage to the 18th green that affected either the end of regulation or the playoff hole.

Scheffler, who was arrested during a traffic stop at the PGA Championship , also praised the officers.

“From my point of view, they got it taken care of pretty dang fast, and so we were very grateful for that,” said Scheffler, the world's No. 1 player, who beat Kim on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff for his sixth victory of the year.

“When something like that happens, you don’t really know what’s happening, so it can kind of rattle you a little bit,” Scheffler said. “That can be a stressful situation, and you would hate for the tournament to end on something weird happening because of a situation like that. I felt like Tom and I both tried to calm each other down so we could give it our best shot there on 18.”

Extinction Rebellion, an activist group with a history of disrupting events around the world, claimed responsibility for the protest. In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, the group blamed climate change for an electrical storm that injured two people at a home near the course on Saturday.

“This was of course due to increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather conditions,” the statement said. “Golf, more than other events, is heavily reliant on good weather. Golf fans should therefore understand better than most the need for strong, immediate climate action.”

After the protesters were tackled by police and taken off, Scheffler left a potential 26-foot clincher from the fringe on the right edge of the cup, then tapped in for par. Kim, who trailed by one stroke heading into the final hole, sank a 10-foot birdie putt to tie Scheffler and force the playoff.

Kim said the protest took his mind off the pressure.

“It kind of slowed things down,” he said. “It took the meaning of the putt away for a second. Because for the past 17 and a half holes all you’re thinking about is golf, and suddenly when that happens your mind goes into a complete — like, you’re almost not even playing golf anymore. I thought it was a dream for a second.”

The crowd surrounding the 18th green heckled the protesters by yelling profanities and cheered the police who intervened. After the players putted out in regulation, workers with leaf blowers came out to clean off the remaining powder.

The hole location was moved for the playoff, which was also on No. 18. Scheffler parred the first hole of sudden death to win.

“They left a lot of marks on the greens, which is not right for us players — especially when two guys are trying to win a golf tournament,” Kim said. “But I’m very grateful for the tour and the tour security for handling that really well and making us players feel a lot safer.”

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Smoking is a controversial topic in the world of golf. Some people believe that it is a relaxing way to relieve stress, while others believe that it is a harmful habit that should be discouraged.

So, can you smoke on the PGA Tour? The answer is yes but with some restrictions. There is no rule prohibiting players from smoking while playing, but the PGA Tour does ask that they be discreet when smoking, especially in areas where there are spectators. This is because the PGA Tour does not want to promote smoking to younger fans.

In this article, we’ll explore the rules and regulations surrounding smoking on the PGA Tour.

What Are The Rules Regarding Smoking On The PGA Tour?

Smoking on the PGA Tour is a topic that has been debated for years. While smoking is allowed on the course, there are specific rules and regulations that players and spectators must follow. 

Here, we’ll discuss the guidelines surrounding smoking on the PGA Tour.

Prohibited Areas

Smoking is not allowed in certain areas on the course, such as the clubhouse, locker room, and indoor facilities. Smoking is also prohibited within 50 feet of any scoreboard, grandstand, or concession stand. Additionally, players and caddies are not allowed to smoke during tournament rounds.

Designated Smoking Areas

Designated smoking areas are available on the course for players and spectators. These areas are typically located away from the crowds to ensure that smoke does not disturb others. Smoking is allowed in these areas during practice rounds and pro-am events, but not during tournament rounds.

Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are treated the same as traditional cigarettes on the PGA Tour. They are allowed in designated smoking areas during practice rounds and pro-am events, but not during tournament rounds. 

However, some tournaments may have additional rules regarding e-cigarettes, so it’s important to check with tournament officials before using them on the course.

Players who violate the smoking rules on the PGA Tour may be subject to penalties. For example, a player who smokes during a tournament round may receive a warning for their first offense. Subsequent offenses may result in fines or even disqualification from the tournament.

5 PGA Golfers Who Smoke – Prime Putters

While smoking is not typically associated with professional athletes, there are a few PGA golfers who indulge in the habit while maintaining their prowess on the course. 

Here are five prime putters who happen to be smokers, showcasing their skill and dedication to the game.

John Dalypga

John Daly, known for his powerful drives and flamboyant personality, is one of the most recognizable smokers on the PGA Tour. Despite his smoking habit, Daly has had a successful career, winning two major championships.

Miguel Ángel Jiménezpga

The Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez, often referred to as “The Mechanic,” is another prominent smoker on the professional golf circuit. Known for his distinctive warm-up routine, Jiménez has achieved numerous victories throughout his career.

Andrew “Beef” Johnstonpga

Andrew Johnston, affectionately known as “Beef,” has gained a loyal fan base with his down-to-earth personality and love for a good cigar. This English golfer has shown considerable talent and has even secured a European Tour title.

Pat Perezpga

Pat Perez, an American professional golfer, is a regular smoker who has managed to find success on the PGA Tour. Known for his laid-back demeanor and powerful swings, Perez has claimed multiple wins during his career.

Charley Hoffmanpga

Charley Hoffman, known for his stylish flat-brimmed hats, is another smoker among PGA golfers. Despite his habit, Hoffman has proven himself as a formidable competitor, with multiple PGA Tour victories to his name.

How Does Smoking Affect Players’ Performance On The PGA Tour?

Smoking can have a significant impact on players’ performance on the PGA Tour. 

Beyond the obvious health risks associated with smoking, it can affect various aspects of a golfer’s game, including physical stamina, lung capacity, and mental focus.

Physical Staminapga

Smoking can impair physical stamina, which is crucial in the demanding sport of golf. The habit of smoking can lead to reduced lung capacity and overall cardiovascular fitness, making it harder for players to maintain peak performance throughout a round of golf. 

Diminished stamina may result in fatigue, impacting swing consistency and overall endurance on the course.

Lung Capacitypga

Smoking damages the lungs and can lead to decreased lung capacity over time. In golf, adequate lung capacity is essential for executing powerful swings and maintaining optimal breathing control. 

Limited lung capacity may hinder a golfer’s ability to generate the necessary power and control during shots, affecting overall distance and accuracy.

Cardiovascular Healthpga

Smoking is detrimental to cardiovascular health, as it constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow throughout the body. This can impede the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscles, including those involved in the golf swing. 

Poor cardiovascular health may result in reduced muscle performance, leading to decreased strength and endurance on the course.

Mental Focuspga

Smoking can also impact a golfer’s mental focus and concentration. Nicotine, a highly addictive substance found in cigarettes, affects the brain and can disrupt cognitive function. 

Golf requires intense concentration and mental clarity to make strategic decisions, analyze the course, and execute shots accurately. 

Smoking may impair these cognitive abilities, potentially leading to poor decision-making, decreased focus, and lower overall performance.

Recovery And Injury Riskpga

Smoking can negatively impact the body’s ability to recover from injuries. 

Golfers who smoke may experience delayed healing and increased susceptibility to injuries due to compromised circulation and reduced oxygen supply to injured tissues. 

Injuries can significantly disrupt training routines and overall performance, affecting a player’s consistency and competitive edge.

Frequently Asked Questions

The PGA Tour is a professional golf circuit followed by millions of fans around the world. If you’re wondering about the rules regarding smoking on the PGA Tour, here are some FAQs to provide you with the information you need.

Can Players Smoke While Competing In Pga Tour Events?

Smoking is not allowed for players during official tournament rounds on the PGA Tour. This includes both cigarettes and any other form of smoking.

Can Spectators Smoke At Pga Tour Events?

Most PGA Tour events have designated smoking areas where spectators can smoke. However, it’s essential to follow the specific guidelines and restrictions set by the tournament organizers.

Can Caddies Smoke During Pga Tour Events?

Similar to players, caddies are not permitted to smoke while on the course during official tournament rounds. Smoking is generally prohibited for caddies on the PGA Tour.

Are There Any Exceptions To The Smoking Rule On The Pga Tour?

While the general rule is no smoking for players and caddies during official rounds, there might be specific exceptions granted by tournament organizers for medical reasons. However, these exceptions are rare and subject to strict regulations.

Are There Penalties For Players Or Caddies Who Smoke During Pga Tour 

Smoking during an official tournament round on the PGA Tour can result in penalties for both players and caddies. These penalties can range from warnings and fines to potential disqualification, depending on the severity and frequency of the violation.

Smoking on the PGA Tour is allowed with certain restrictions to ensure the well-being of players and spectators. While there are designated smoking areas, smoking is prohibited in certain areas and during tournament rounds. 

Smoking can significantly negatively affect a golfer’s physical stamina, lung capacity, cardiovascular health, mental focus, and recovery from injuries. 

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Here’s why PGA TOUR players are switching to Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver

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A look at Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver lineup. (GolfWRX)

Four different Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke drivers were available for PGA TOUR players to test on the range Tuesday at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, including a Triple Diamond (a compact, low-spin head profile), a Triple Diamond Max (a slightly bigger model), a Triple Diamond S (a slightly smaller model), and a Max head, which boasts a large head profile and a sliding weight in the rear portion of the head. While the models have slight differences in appearance and shape, each of the heads is equipped with Callaway’s new Ai Smart Face designs and lightweight carbon crown.

A closer look at the face of Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver. (GolfWRX)

A closer look at the face of Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver. (GolfWRX)

Callaway crafts its Paradym Ai Smoke driver faces using a combination of data from thousands of driver swings from both pros and amateurs, prior feedback from Tour players, and the company’s Artificial Intelligence systems.

A closer look at Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver. (GolfWRX)

A closer look at Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver. (GolfWRX)

With multiple models at the ready – each of which is optimized for speed and forgiveness – Callaway PGA TOUR Rep and player fitter Kellen Watson says it’s been a “joyous occasion” whilst fitting PGA TOUR players into new Paradym Ai Smoke drivers. That’s because each of the head models is creating consistently fast speeds across their faces, and tighter spin rate windows.

“At the end of November, I went down to The Grove and fit [Xander Schauffele], and his spin rates were probably 30 percent tighter, shot-to-shot-to-shot, compared to the Paradym," Watson told on Tuesday in Hawaii. "And the Paradym wasn’t bad, either. Forgiveness has a different meaning for these guys compared to consumers, right? When PGA TOUR players miss the center of the face – and it’s not very often – they miss by a millimeter or two. So, for them, it’s more about tightening the disparity in spin rate from shot to shot. These faces are faster everywhere, but we want the spin rates to be within a 200-300 rpm window, and I think that’s what we’re seeing based on feedback and working with each player.”

While Schauffele has been known in the past to gravitate toward the company’s low-spin and compact Triple Diamond model heads, Watson noted that Schauffele was especially intrigued by the Triple Diamond Max head, which has a slightly larger profile. Typically, driver heads with a larger footprint help golfers by offering higher launch and more spin, despite sacrificing a bit of speed on center strikes. However, Watson isn’t finding that to be the case in this family of Paradym Ai Smoke drivers.

“The Triple Diamond itself will probably be the majority model when it comes to Tour usage, but there’s a couple guys that have done some work with our Max version, which is our sliding-weight version, with one weight in the front,” Watson said. “Harry Hall and Alex Noren, for example, both really liked it. They really liked the speed on this Max version versus what they saw last year. The speed just crept up since the last few iterations, which is huge, because usually what you see with the bigger driver and bigger footprint is you see higher launch, you see more spin, and you see a little less ball speed out of it, but maintaining or even gaining ball speed compared to what they’ve seen in the past is quite huge…my guess is that there will be four models in play on the PGA TOUR this year.”

Ultimately, Schauffele chose to go with a Triple Diamond 10.5-degree head.

A closer look at Adam Hadwin's Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver. (GolfWRX)

A closer look at Adam Hadwin's Callaway’s new Paradym Ai Smoke driver. (GolfWRX)

To Watson’s point, Callaway staffer Adam Hadwin remarked on the increasing difficulty in finding his preferred driver model, compared to new driver families in previous years.

“It’s been a very easy switch over from Paradym, but it did take me a while to find the right head during the fitting process,” Hadwin said. “Usually, drivers have been kind of plug and play almost. Like just match up the model, and they’re pretty close. This one took a little bit to figure it out, but once we did, it’s been really good. The numbers have been great.”

When everything is equally fast, finding the right model becomes more difficult, and becomes more about preference instead of necessity.

Hadwin, who is also switching into Callaway’s new Chrome Tour X golf ball this week, says he’s picked up about 2 mph of ball speed with his new Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond driver, and he especially noted the pleasing sound of the new head.

Adam Hadwin's Callaway Chrome Tour X golf ball. (GolfWRX)

Adam Hadwin's Callaway Chrome Tour X golf ball. (GolfWRX)

“I’m in the new golf ball, as well, so I would say I’m probably 1-2 mph faster, with the combination,” Hadwin said. “I’m not sure whether it’s the head or the ball or both, but in comparison to the older golf ball and Paradym head, I’m probably a couple of miles per hour faster. The feel has been great. The versatility, and the sound. I played a practice round with Patrick Rodgers, and he even commented on that, just the way that it sounds coming off. I’m very pleased with it.”

Coinciding with the Tour launch of Callaway’s Paradym AI Smoke products, Callaway also officially released its lineup of Paradym AI Smoke products to retail on Wednesday, as well as its new Chrome Tour and Tour X golf balls.

Charley Hull, cigarette-smoking golfer, goes viral at US Open

Charley Hull, a cigarette-smoking English golfer, has gone viral at the US Women’s Open in a “John Daly-esque” moment.

Charley Hull and John Daly. Photos: Twitter/Supplied

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Wild golf brawl erupts over forbidden act

Wild golf brawl erupts over forbidden act

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Rory chase on as Aussie Open gets a new home

English professional golfer Charley Hull channelled PGA Tour star John Daly while signing autographs at the US Women’s Open.

Hull, who is No. 8 in the LPGA world rankings, had a cigarette in her mouth while greeting fans at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania, as seen in photos and videos making rounds on social media, as the New York Post reported .

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Nelly Korda, the top-ranked golfer on the LPGA Tour, pulled up the photo on her phone and showed it to Hull and fellow golfer Megan Khang, with the trio sharing a moment of laughter on the course.

Social media erupted over the moment, with many golf fans chiming in on X in mixed fashion.

“Charley Hull ripping a heater while signing autographs. Legend,” one user wrote on the platform.

Charley Hull and John Daly. Photos: Twitter/Supplied

“Dude she just lit up another in front of me,” another person wrote, including a photo of Hull holding a cigarette during the US Women’s Open.

“Not a great look in front of young fans tbh,” offered another.

“Let her live her life. Not all people are chain smokers. I can buy a pack of cigarettes that will literally last two or three months,” was another comment.

Elsewhere, one fan at the US Women’s said “that’s John Daly-esque”, in a video posted by

Daly, a two-time major winner, is known for lighting up cigarettes during tournaments.

The 58-year-old Daly went through two packs of cigarettes during the first round of the PGA Championship earlier this month at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky, according to The Athletic .

Daly withdrew from the tournament ahead of the second round on May 17 — the same day world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler was arrested outside Valhalla while trying to enter the course.

Golf star smokes cigarette while signing autographs

Hull was seen walking with what appeared to be a cigarette in her hand during the Mizuho Americas Open earlier this month in Jersey City, New Jersey — which Korda won by a stroke over Australia’s Hannah Green.

The 28-year-old Hull has won on the Ladies European Tour three times and the LPGA Tour twice.

She picked up a golf club for the first time at the age of two and turned pro in 2013 — the year she won the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year award.

Hull was diagnosed with ADHD last year and explained how she uses fitness to manage her symptoms.

“When I feel like I’m struggling, I go to the gym,” Hull told Sky Sports in an interview in April.

Charley Hull during the first round of last month’s JM Eagle LA Championship. (Photo by Meg Oliphant / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

“I decided not to take any medication as I feel that I can manage it myself.

“One of the biggest things for me is routine. That’s why the job that I have works well in that my days have a regular structure to them.

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Hull, who has more than 434,000 followers on Instagram, is interested in fashion and described her style as “unapologetic.”

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An Australian golfer has bounced back to form in Europe after a shocking performance last month.

Shocking footage has emerged of a brawl which broke out between two groups of golfers after one was accused of a forbidden act.

It took longer than it should have to lock it in but this year’s Australian Opens finally have a host venue and the chase for the world’s best to play is on.

Should smoking be banned on the European Tour and PGA Tour?

Should smoking be banned on Tour in order for golf to get the sporting recognition it deserves?

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Nicolas Colsaerts won his first tournament since 2012 last week, winning the Open de France at Le Golf National. It was an emotional victory for Colsaerts, who was fighting to save his European Tour card having dropped seriously low in the world golf rankings. What some people picked up on was that Colsaerts was smoking during his round and it was difficult for the cameras to avoid as he was at the top of the leaderboard.

Now Colsaerts isn't the only golfer who smokes, but those working on the cameras at events on the European and PGA Tour do their best to avoid showing players smoking as there are young fans who may be watching and it can set a bad example.

Not only is smoking addictive and Colsaerts may enjoy cigarettes for many reasons, they also calm your nerves, as does chewing tobacco, something that a few players on the PGA Tour have been called out on in the past.

Here is the PGA Tour's stance on smoking and the chewing of tobacco: 'Currently, the PGA TOUR does not have a policy against chewing tobacco or cigarettes. However, we do ask our players to be a little more discrete, keeping in mind that they may be being watched by a young audience both on the golf course and television.'

Seeing Colsaerts enjoying a few cigarettes during his final round on Sunday caused a stir on social media, with some saying if there's no policy on smoking on Tour then it shouldn't matter, while others raised their concerns with the example it would set on the younger viewers.

The @EuropeanTour should ban pros from smoking on the course during tournaments - sets a very bad example for youngsters watching their idols. #colsaerts #OpenDeFrance — (@TheGolfDivoTee) October 20, 2019

Darren Clarke is another player who used to smoke while playing on the European Tour, as did Angel Cabrera and John Daly. I'm sure most of you have seen many images of Angel Jimenez pulling out a large cigar after his round, but he too would sometimes smoke while playing.

Golf is of course a sport that is taken very seriously, but it doesn't exactly require the level of fitness that you see in sports like football or other high intensity sports, so the damage that smoking does to your body arguably doesn't matter as much to golfers, but it does set a bad example to the future of the sport.

Brooks Koepka was seen chewing tobacco while defending his US Open title at Pebble Beach earlier this year, another way of calming your nerves, but due to him being televised so much, cameras couldn't help but pick up Koepka spitting on the course, which a lot of viewers took offence to.

Brooks Koepka spitting dip all over Pebble Beach is the epitome of disgusting — Meg Ely (@Mcely) June 16, 2019

In the UK, smoking has been banned in all public places and work spaces since 2007 and it's a habit that most smokers themselves will tell you they wished they had never started.

Even on packets of cigarettes, you'll see a huge warning sign or a graphic picture of the damage that smoking can cause. I'm sure every parent, even those who smoke, hope that their children don't get into the expensive habit.

So with all the effort that goes into slowing down the number of smokers and stopping future generations from picking up a cigarette, should the PGA and European Tour put a ban on smoking?

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Spit It All Out, Tour Golfers: Few Speak of Tobacco Habit

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By Karen Crouse

  • May 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — What crosses the lips of PGA Tour players, but makes them hold their tongues?

The clues are everywhere this week at the Wells Fargo Championship. You can spot them in the circular-shaped outline in some golfers’ back pants pockets; in their excessive spitting; in their frozen smirks.

Not far off Tobacco Road, these golfers are hiding a dirty secret in plain sight. They are smokeless tobacco users. And many, like Lucas Glover, the 2011 champion, are loath to admit it.

“I don’t really want to talk about it,” Glover said. “It sets kind of a bad example for the kids, and I’m not proud of what I do.”

How many other golfers use smokeless tobacco? A photographer who is a regular on the Tour was shown a list of players in this week’s field. He started pointing to names and then gave up. “It’d be easier to say who doesn’t use it,” he said.

One player described the use of smokeless tobacco, which is basically either chewing tobacco or snuff, as a form of male bonding, with friends passing around a tin on the range or putting green or tee.

“It’s more of a male camaraderie thing than anything else,” the player said.

He did not want to be identified because his father is a dentist, whose practice presumably includes patients with gum disease and discoloration of the teeth and tongue, all telltale signs of smokeless tobacco use.

Bruce W. Adkins, the director of the division of tobacco prevention of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health in Charleston, W.Va., said research was incontrovertible: Friends should not let friends use smokeless tobacco.

“These guys are looking to improve any way they can,” Adkins said. “So they’ll say, ‘Let me see if it works for me’ and then they’re hooked.”

Smokeless tobacco became a taboo subject when evidence mounted that it caused an increased risk of developing oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancers.

A half-dozen players and Tour officials admitted to using it and were willing to talk about it as long as their names were not used for reasons as varied as embarrassment and their wives’ lack of knowledge.

One player whose spouse and two children know about his habit and are none too pleased is Brian Gay. A four-time tour winner from Texas, Gay said, “My wife and daughters are on me all the time.”

Gay, 42, who played golf at Florida, was a regular user in college. “Unbelievably, I actually quit for six months after college,” he said.

So why did he go back to putting a pinch between his cheek and gum?

“I was still hanging out with guys who do,” Gay said, “and the next thing I know they’re asking me, ‘Hey, want a dip?’ ”

Gay said he also felt awful when he was not using.

Stanton Glantz, a professor at the University of California at San Francisco and the director of its Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, was not surprised. He likened the brain and nervous system of a person using smokeless tobacco to a stereo system with the volume turned up too loud. The nicotine acts like pillows over the speakers. When the person stops using smokeless tobacco, it is akin to taking the pillows away. The volume becomes unbearably loud.  

“It causes anxiety,” Glantz said, “and that helps explain why these guys are compulsive users.”

The nicotine in the smokeless tobacco elevates the heart rate and blood pressure. Gay does not dispute that. In fact, for those reasons he described it as “bad for you performance-wise.”

He added: “I had somebody put it in my head that you can’t be in the zone if you chew. I still do it, but I’m more aware I’m doing it. I do chew less than I used to. I probably chew more off the course than on it.”

On Thursday, during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Gay put a plug of tobacco in his mouth on the first hole and spit it out, discreetly, on the second.

“And then I went nine holes without a plug,” he said. “So I went two hours without it. Off the course, that would never happen.”

Appearances matter on the tour, which markets its athletes as role models, which is why the players who do use tobacco products generally take pains to be discreet.

Gay said people in his gallery rarely seemed to notice his habit.

“Once in a blue moon someone will yell out, ‘Can I have a chew?’ ” he said.

Gay added: “If I know I’m on the television camera, I’ll be more conscious of doing it. And if I’m going along nicely, I might not use it.”

Adkins is skeptical about players’ ability to control their nicotine intake.

“One of the things that we know from lots of research is smokeless tobacco products are high in nicotine,” he said. “If you keep on average a pinch in your mouth for 30 minutes, you’re getting an equivalent amount of nicotine to smoking four or five cigarettes.”

Adkins added: “That’s part of the addiction. Neurologically and physically they think this isn’t hurting me, this isn’t harming me.”

Ángel Cabrera, the first-round leader, followed his opening six-under-par 66 with a 69 Friday to maintain a share of the lead with Martin Flores (67-68). Rory McIlroy, the 2010 champion, made the cut at one over with no strokes to spare.

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Are Pro Golfers Able To Smoke And Drink On The Golf Course?

Smoking, drinking, and playing golf. For some golfers, these three activities go hand in hand with each other. Many amateurs golfers enjoy smoking a cigar or having a drink while on the golf course, but what about the professionals ?

This begs the question, can professional golfers smoke and drink on the PGA Tour?

They could (and did) in the past, but you rarely see it anymore. Is there a rule against smoking or drinking? What about spectators? Can they smoke and drink while watching professional golf tournaments?

In the article below, we are going to cover all you need to know about smoking and drinking at a professional tour event. We have a lot to cover so let’s take a look!

Can PGA Tour Players Smoke During Their Round?

Smoking is allowed on the PGA Tour, but it is generally frowned upon in our current era of professional sports and by the tour.

The PGA Tour’s official stance on this matter is as follows:

“Currently, the PGA Tour does not have a policy against chewing tobacco or cigarettes. However, we do ask our players to be a little more discrete, keeping in mind that they may be being watched by a young audience both on the golf course and television” ( Source ).

The PGA Tour wants to protect its image as an upstanding, gentlemanly tour and having golfers smoking in front of television cameras is not a good look for the sport. This is why the PGA Tour has a comprehensive policy to guide player behaviors.

The most famous professional golfer who was an avid cigarette smoker on the PGA Tour was none other than Ben Hogan, a nine time major championship winner.

Being labeled as a smoker can also affect a golfer’s image and endorsements, which is something each golfer has to keep in mind.

Ben Hogan famously smoked Chesterfield unfiltered cigarettes for decades on the PGA Tour in the 1940s-1960s.

Many players in the early days of the PGA Tour would smoke cigarettes or cigars on the golf course.

It’s important to note that many decades and eras ago smoking was seen as a status symbol and something that was encouraged.

Not so much today because we know now how bad cigarettes are for your body and overall life expectancy.

You rarely see professionals in the modern game smoke cigarettes, vapes, or cigars, but two of the more notable players to be seen smoking on the course are Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Kiradech Aphibarnrat .

Can PGA Tour Players Drink Alcohol During Their Round?

Following the same criteria as smoking on the golf course, while playing, there is nothing in the Rules of Golf or the Anti-Doping Manuel from the USGA that prohibits drinking during a PGA Tour round ( Source ).

But like smoking, drinking is definitely frowned upon by the PGA Tour and excessive drinking can lead to a suspension or disqualification from the tournament or the tour at large.

It is one of those grey areas where there might be professional golfers on tour who do drink while they are playing, but the public would have no way of knowing.

One such professional who did not drink directly on the course, but who has admitted to being hungover while playing is John Daly.

Long John as he was called had a reputation for drinking and gambling in casinos before and during tournament weeks.

We now know drinking alcohol is not a performance enhancing drug, so it is highly unlikely that many PGA Tour players drink during tournaments.

They are there to compete at the highest level to earn potentially millions of dollars and win tournaments. You can’t do that if you are inebriated.

Can Golf Spectators Drink At A PGA Tournament?

Yes, spectators over the age of 21 can drink alcohol at professional golf tournaments.

Professional golf, just like other professional sports is a spectator sport and an entertainment product. If you have ever attended a professional golf tournament, then you know the drinks are flowing and money is being spent.

The PGA Tour does have a policy that unruly and over-served fans can be thrown out of the golf tournament , and it has happened in the past especially in high profile tournaments like the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Ryder Cup.

If you have never watched the Waste Management Phoenix Open on TV then let me tell you that is the biggest party event on the PGA Tour.

At the famous 16 th par 3 holes, if a golfer makes a hole in one the crowd will shower the green with beer cans.

As always, please drink responsibly at a golf tournament.

Can Golf Spectators Smoke At A PGA Tournament?

Yes, spectators can smoke at golf tournaments if they are of legal age and the golf course permits it.

As someone who has attended multiple PGA Tour events, I have seen plenty of people smoking cigarettes, vapes, and cigars throughout the golf property.

There are no designated smoking areas at most golf tournaments and if you aren’t blowing smoke in other people’s faces, smoking tobacco is permitted at most events.

So, if you ever attend a professional golf tournament expect to see the drinks flowing and smoke in the air!

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Who among the LPGA players smoke? You see some of the PGA players smoking on TV, but I don't recall seeing any of the women players smoke since Pat Bradley in the late 70's.

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Jennifer Rosales was puffing away and talking on the cell phone at the 04 Chick-Fil-A Championship as the club house leader waiting for the final group to come in, if I remember correctly.

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Bernhard Langer details reasons behind remaining ‘reasonably fit' to continue playing at 66 - "I don't smoke"

B ernhard Langer made his 513th and last start at the DP World Tour this week. With his last appearance at the BMW International Open, he bid goodbye to the European Tour but will continue to play at the PGA Tour Champions.

Bernhard Langer's performance at the BMW International Open ended on a subpar note. The 42-time DP World Tour winner couldn't make the cutline in the event with an even par. He dropped two birdies and one bogey in the opening round to settle his score at 71. In the following round, he carded one birdie and two bogeys to score 73.

With that, his DP World Tour career ended, but the golfer will continue at the PGA Tour Champions and his next appearance will be at the Kaulig Companies Championship, which starts on July 11. Langer, 66, when asked about the reason for fitness at this age, said (via Golf Week):

"I don't drink alcohol at all. I drink a little bit, but very, very little. I don't smoke. I exercise every day and stretch. I have done so forever since I can remember. I think that certainly helps to be reasonably fit, to have some stamina, and to feel better," Langer said.
"Just the body functions better when we move the body. If we become too sedentary, sooner or later you're going to pay the price for it…That only encourages me to do more, do something every day, instead of just laying around," he added.

As far as his performances at the PGA Tour Champions are concerned, the golfer had two top-ten finishes. His first top-ten finish came at the Regions Traditions, where he finished at T8. Langer scored 68, 70, 71, and 69 to land at 10-under 278. His next top-ten finish came at the Principal Charity Classic, where he finished at T3. He scored 68, 63, and 68 to settle at 17-under 199.

Bernhard Langer got emotional while bidding farewell to the DP World Tour

Bernhard Langer was emotional before the DP World Tour's BMW International Open started. It was his final tournament at the European Tour and the golfer had to bid a goodbye. Opening up about his feelings and sharing how this was his first experience of having a farewell, Langer said (via Golf Week):

"I've never said goodbye to anything so far in terms of golf, this is going to be a first experience," he said.

In the same interview, he also mentioned that he worked as an assistant professional at the Munich Golf Club, which wasn't far from the tournament's location. This was the only tournament he never won and he was glad to be back. Bernhard Langer returned to Munich for the first time since 2012.

Bernhard Langer details reasons behind remaining ‘reasonably fit' to continue playing at 66 - "I don't smoke"

What to know, pro golfers to watch as Korn Ferry Tour returns to TPC Colorado in Berthoud

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Professional golf is back in Colorado for what has become an annual summer tradition: The Ascendant at TPC Colorado in Berthoud.

This will be the sixth annual edition of the Korn Ferry Tour event that started in 2019, and it's a popular spot on tour.

The golfers are fresh off a bye week for the Independence Day holiday, and The Ascendant was named Korn Ferry Tournament of the Year in 2023 for the second time in three years.

The Colorado stop kicks off the back half of the tour calendar, as top golfers hope to cement a top-30 finish in the season standings to earn their PGA Tour card.

Here's what golf fans should know about the 2024 edition of The Ascendant Presented by Blue, including players to watch, how to watch/follow online, ticket options and more.

Players to watch at TPC Colorado

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  • AJ Ott: The 2021 Colorado State graduate and former Rams' star qualified thanks to a win in the sponsor's exemption tournaments held Saturday at TPC Colorado. It will be Ott's first-ever Korn Ferry Tour appearance.
  • Jeremy Paul: The former University of Colorado golfer finished third at TPC Colorado in 2022 and sits at No. 13 on this year's Korn Ferry Tour points list, including a win at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic in January.
  • Kyle Westmoreland: The former Air Force Academy standout is 25th on the tour's points list and has five top-five finishes this season, highlighted by a runner-up finish in The Bahamas Great Abasco Classic.
  • Sam Saunders: The ex-Fort Collins resident and grandson of Arnold Palmer is often a fan favorite at this event. He had his best finish of the season last month with a tie for 14th at the UNC Health Championship.
  • Kevin Stadler: The part-time Denver resident and son of former PGA Tour star Craig Stadler will be looking for his first made cut this season.
  • Josh Creel: The Cheyenne native and former CU golfer is coming off a tie for 34th at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic last week and is looking to snap a streak of five missed cuts at the Korn Ferry ranks.

Former Ascendant champions

  • Nelson Ledesma: The inaugural champion in 2019 is back and could use a good finish while currently at 42nd on the points list.
  • Tag Ridings: The 2021 winner is looking to regain his form from three years ago after just one top-25 finish to date this season.

Track record of success

There are a handful of golfers who sit among the top 20 on the Korn Ferry Tour and were in Sunday contention at The Ascendant last year:

  • Tim Widing: Tied for 4th (-16) last year and is currently third on the Korn Ferry points list.
  • Quade Cummins: Tied for 6th (-14) in 2023 and sits at No. 8 on this season's points list.
  • Frankie Capan III: Tied for 14th (-11) last year and is 10th on 2023-24 Korn Ferry points list.
  • Jackson Suber: Tied for 9th (-13) in 2023 and currently 11th on the points list.
  • Isaiah Salinda: Tied for 16th (-10) in last year's event and sits at No. 15 on Korn Ferry points list.

Former PGA Tour winners in TPC Colorado field:

  • Ben Crane (5 wins)
  • Bo Van Pelt (1)

Tournament schedule, format

The tournament features four 18-hole rounds, one per day Thursday (July 11) through Sunday (July 14). The field of 156 will be cut to the low 65 scores (including ties) for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Leaders are expected to tee off by 1:30 p.m. on the weekend, weather permitting. For example, the 2022 final round was moved up nearly three hours due to anticipated inclement weather.

The prize purse for the 2024 edition is again $1 million, with the winner set to earn $180,000.

Past TPC Colorado results, champions

The tournament has been consistently competitive, with three of the five champions winning by just one shot and the other two winners taking it by two strokes each.

An event scoring record has also been set or matched in all five years.

Here are the previous Ascendant at TPC Colorado winners:

  • 2023: Nicholas Lindheim (-20)
  • 2022:  Zecheng "Marty" Dou (-17)
  • 2021:  Tag Ridings (-16)
  • 2020:  Will Zalatoris (-15)
  • 2019:  Nelson Ledesma (-15)

The Ascendant has become a launching pad to the PGA Tour, with Ledesma, Zalatoris, Dou and Lindheim all moving up after winning at TPC Colorado.

Zalatoris is currently No. 46 in the Official World Golf Rankings (after consecutive years in the top 20) and has four top-10 finishes at major championships since his 2020 win.

Lindheim will not be defending his 2023 title this week.

How to get tickets for The Ascendant at TPC Colorado

Tickets can still be purchased for the event, with a single "Good-any-day" pass costing $25 and full-week passes going for $60.

Clubhouse-access tickets are $50 per day and $100 for the whole tournament. Tickets for the Summit Club hospitality tent (located behind the 15th green) run $210 to $225 per day and $815 for all four days.

You can purchase tickets at .

Free admission is available for these groups:

  • U.S. active duty and U.S. Military retirees with a valid military ID (shown at ticket window)
  • Anyone 15 years and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult
  • PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, PGA TOUR China, PGA of America or LPGA members and staff

What to know if you're attending The Ascendant at TPC Colorado

There are several prohibited items for fans, including lawn chairs, posters and signs, outside beverages, video cameras, pets or weapons of any kind.

Bags can be brought on the grounds but must be clear or smaller than 6-by-6-by-6 (inches).

Parking is located at the TPC Colorado entrance off Grand Market Avenue and TPC Parkway. Tournament staff will direct you once you drive past the TPC Colorado Gatehouse.

For more fan FAQs and information, visit .

The TPC Colorado course

The TPC Colorado at Heron Lakes course opened in summer 2018 and is an 18-hole layout just northwest of Berthoud that is renowned for its prodigious length.

The course can play up to 8,029 yards from the tournament tees and features the massive 773-yard par-5 13th hole that is nearly impossible to reach in two shots.

TPC Colorado plays as a semi-hybrid of American and European links golf, featuring deep pot bunkers and scenic holes lined by shimmering lakes with Rocky Mountain vistas in the distance.

How to watch, follow The Ascendant at TPC Colorado

A leaderboard for the 2024 Ascendant at TPC Colorado will be available online throughout the tournament at .

There will also be livestreaming on the weekend. You can watch at PGA Tour Live and

About the Korn Ferry Tour

The Korn Ferry Tour is one of the main paths professional golfers follow in hopes of reaching the PGA Tour.

At the end of this season, the top 30 Korn Ferry Tour players will receive their PGA Tour cards for the 2024-25 season.

Past graduates of the tour include PGA Tour stars Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, Sam Burns, Max Homa, Tony Finau and dozens more.


Hayden Springer Shoots 59 at PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic

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Hayden Springer is the newest member of the 59 club on the PGA Tour.

Hayden Springer joined an exclusive club Thursday at the John Deere Classic, firing a 59 on the Fourth of July.

The 27-year-old Tennessean shot the 14th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, and just two weeks after its most recent occurrence when Cameron Young shot 59 at the Travelers Championship .

Springer caught fire early at TPC Deere Run, shooting an 8-under 27 on the front nine, starting with an eagle at the par-5 2nd hole. He then birdied his next four holes, then the 8th and 9th. 

On the back nine he came back to Earth with just one birdie over seven holes, but a holeout eagle out of rough from 55 yards on the par-5 17th hole brought 59 into play if he could birdie the 18th at the par-71 course.

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FIREWORKS on the 4th of July! 🎆   Hayden Springer sinks the 12-footer for a 59 @JDClassic . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 4, 2024

“It's pretty special to be able to do that. I mean, played well last week, but it's been a little bit tough to kind of find anything and get stuff going and go low,” said Springer, who has missed eight of 14 cuts this season and ranks 236th in the world.

You know, so it is special. It feels good to be standing here and to have shot a good round of golf.

Springer had two eagles and eight birdies in all for the round opposite zero bogeys. He leads by two shots over Sami Valimaki, who shot 10-under 61.

Paul Goydos also shot 59 at TPC Deere Run, in the first round of the 2010 John Deere Classic (he finished the tournament second, behind Steve Stricker. The lowest score in Tour history remains Jim Furyk’s 58, shot in 2016 at the Travelers Championship at the par-70 TPC River Highlands.

"That's a pretty cool list to add my name to,” Springer said.

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Who is Davis Thompson? Latest PGA Tour champion comes from a long line of winners from UGA

Thompson, a st. simons island, ga., resident, made eight birdies in the final round to win the john deere classic..

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So who is Davis Thompson, the latest PGA Tour winner? 

Living on St. Simons Island, Ga., it might be easy to confuse his first name with Davis Love III, the long-time resident there and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He also has the same last name as another Tour winner who lives on the Golden Isles, Michael Thompson.  

But David Thompson has made a name for himself with a final-round 64 on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. He had eight birdies, starting with a putt of 44 feet on the first hole. 

What did Davis Thompson get for his first Tour victory?

The main perk Thompson gets, aside from a check for $1,440,000, is a spot in the British Open at Troon in two weeks. It will be his fifth start in a major championship. Thompson also picked up 500 FedEx Cup points and moved from 51st on the standings to 22nd. 

How many former Georgia Bulldogs have won on the PGA Tour?

Thompson becomes the latest in a long list of PGA Tour winners who played for Chris Haack at the University of Georgia. The roll call: Bubba Watson, Hudson Swafford, Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk, Harris English, Russell Henley, Brian Harman, Keith Mitchell, Sepp Straka and Brendon Todd. All except Watson, Kisner, Kirk, Henley and Todd live on the Golden Isles. 

And the Dawgs must like it in the Midwest. Straka won the John Deere Classic last year and Harman in 2017.

Davis Thompson has been trending up

The victory has been in the works. In Thompson's last seven starts he's won, tied for second twice (including last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic), tied for ninth in the U.S. Open and made six cuts. But he first got notice last year when he went head-to-head with Jon Rahm in The American Express, losing by one shot. 

Davis Thompson following his father at Georgia

Thompson has some strong golf genes working for him. His father Todd played for the Bulldogs from 1985-1988 and was the team captain in 1987 and 1988.

Davis Thompson can hoop a little bit  

Thompson is a pretty good athlete. He was on the Lee-Scott Academy basketball team in Auburn, Ala., when it won the 2016 state championship. He won two individual state titles in golf and led Lee-Scott to six state team titles. 

While at Georgia, Thompson was the SEC Player of the Year in 2021 and was the medalist in two NCAA regionals, in 2019 and 2022. 

What is Davis Thompson's weakness?

According to his PGA Tour biography, it's double-stuffed Oreos. 

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2024 Scottish Open odds, picks, field: Surprising predictions from golf model that's called 13 majors

Sportsline's proven model simulated the genesis scottish open 2024 10,000 times and revealed its surprising pga tour golf picks.


Rory McIlroy enters the 2024 Scottish Open ranked third in the FedEx Cup standings after securing two victories and five top-10 finishes this season. He's the defending champion of this event and he's coming off a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. McIlroy will certainly be among the top 2024 Scottish Open contenders when play gets underway from The Renaissance Club on Thursday, July 11. McIlroy, a 26-time PGA Tour champion, is listed as the 7-1 favorite in the 2024 Scottish Open odds. 

He's followed by Xander Schauffele (8-1), Collin Morikawa (12-1), Ludvig Aberg (14-1) and Viktor Hovland (20-1) on the PGA odds board. Should your Scottish Open 2024 picks include backing one of the favorites, or should you target a longshot like Adam Scott (80-1) or Will Zalatoris (90-1)? Before locking in your 2024 Scottish Open picks, be sure to see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine .

SportsLine's proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June 2020. In fact, the model is up well over $9,000 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

This same model has also nailed a whopping 13 majors entering the weekend, including the 2024 Masters -- its third Masters in a row -- and this year's PGA Championship and U.S. Open. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns. 

Now with the 2024 Scottish Open field locked in, SportsLine simulated the tournament 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard .

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One major surprise the model is calling for at the Scottish Open 2024: Viktor Hovland, the reigning FedEx Cup champion and one of the top favorites, stumbles and doesn't even crack the top 10. Hovland has managed to secure just one top-10 finish this season, a T-3 showing at the PGA Championship in May. 

Hovland's struggles can be directly attributed to his inability to score. Despite ranking inside the top 10 in strokes gained: off the tee (0.671) and putting average (1.712), Hovland has a scoring average of 70.38 this season, which ranks 107th on the PGA Tour. He's also finished T-25 or worse in each of his last two starts at the Scottish Open, which doesn't bode well for Hovland's chances to finish on top of the leaderboard. See who else to fade here .

Another surprise: Corey Conners, a massive 45-1 longshot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

In order to score well at The Renaissance Club, players will need to be extremely accurate with their irons and few do it better than Conners. The 32-year-old Canadian enters this week's event ranked fourth in strokes gained: approach to green (0.854) and seventh in greens in regulation percentage (70.90%). He's also been accurate off the tee, ranking 17th in total driving (105) and 23rd in driving accuracy (69.07%). Those impressive stats, plus his long odds, make him a strong value pick for your 2024 Scottish Open bets.  See who else to back here . 

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The model is also targeting two other golfers with odds of 30-1 or longer who will make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these longshots could hit it big.  You can only see the model's picks here .

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  1. 10 Incredible Athletes Who Smoked Cigarettes but Kept Winning

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  2. Intriguing Pro Golfers Who Smoke: PGA, LPGA, & Years Past

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  3. Do Golfers Smoke? (Revealed Truth)

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  5. Intriguing Pro Golfers Who Smoke: PGA, LPGA, & Years Past

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  1. Intriguing Pro Golfers Who Smoke: PGA, LPGA, & Years Past

    Danielle Kang. Daniella Kang is also among the LPGA golfers who smoke cigarettes. The 6 time LPGA Tour winner keeps a packet of Dunhill cigarettes in her golf bag and lights one before every golf tournament. For her, it seems to be a way of calming herself as well as honoring the memory of her father.

  2. 6 golfers who've been spotted smoking on the golf course ft. Jack ...

    English golfer Charley Hull was recently spotted smoking on the golf course. While competing at the 2024 US Women's Open, Hull was seen smoking cigarettes during a practice round on Tuesday, May ...

  3. 7 PGA Golfers Who Smoke (With Fun Stories)

    These are the leading PGA golfers who smoke. Numerous PGA golfers smoke including John Daly, Marcel Siem, Shaun Norris, and Darren Clarke. While it is not as common as drinking, some golfers smoke cigarettes or cigars from time to time. Most people follow golf etiquette and prefer fitting in as new golfers. This is great but some golfers love ...

  4. Meet Charley Hull, the cigarette-smoking golfer who went viral at ...

    English pro golfer Charley Hull channeled PGA Tour star John Daly while signing autographs at the U.S. Women's Open on Tuesday. Hull, who is No. 8 in the LPGA world rankings, had a cigarette in ...

  5. 6 golfers who've been spotted smoking on the golf course ft. Jack

    However, not all of them do. Recently, LPGA Tour player Charley Hull was spotted smoking while signing autographs for fans at the 2024 US Women's Open. It was quite shocking for fans to see her ...

  6. From viral smoking video to a fan giving her his number, Charley Hull

    Charley Hull has had a plenty decorated professional golf career. The Englishwoman has won twice on the LPGA Tour, played in six Solheim Cups, and gave a late-Sunday charge at last year's U.S ...

  7. 5 PGA Golfers Who Smoke

    PGA Golfers Who Smoke: John Daly. Tim Herron. Marcel Siem. Darren Clarke. Thomas Bjorn. If you are surprised at all that there are golfers that do smoke while on tour, then you are not alone. Generally, the PGA tries not to televise any players smoking. This is likely due to the fact that the PGA does have younger fans, and televising something ...

  8. Meet Charley Hull, the cigarette-smoking golfer who went viral at US

    Meet Charley Hull, the cigarette-smoking golfer who went viral at US Women's Open by emulating John Daly 30 May 2024 12:29 Charley Hull, the world's No. 8 women's golfer, channeled her inner John Daly while signing autographs for fans at the US Women's Open on Tuesday read full article

  9. Tour pro claims he used to smoke one cigarette 'per hole,' thankfully

    Golf Twitter folk hero Spencer Levin used to smoke a LOT of cigarettes on the course, especially when he was nervous. ... Despite making just three PGA Tour starts since October 2017, Spencer ...

  10. John Daly smokes 21 cigarettes, has 12 sodas during round of golf

    John Daly is simply built different. "The final tally of everything he put into his body over a full 18 holes: 21 cigs, 12 Diet Cokes, 6 packs of Peanut M&M's and 0 ounces of water," Brinson ...

  11. PGA players that smoke? Cigarettes that is.

    Angel Cabrera (Outside of golf course) Nick Price. Dustin Johnson (Seen pictures of him smoking / not sure if it is full time habit) Darren Clarke. Thomas Bjorn. Alex Cejka. I think if you found old footage of the European tour from say the 70s/80's you would probably notice half the players smoked if you looked at the coverage carefully.

  12. Six climate protesters run onto 18th green and spray powder, delaying

    Six climate protesters stormed the 18th green while the leaders were lining up their putts for the final hole of regulation at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship on Sunday, spraying smoke and ...

  13. Can You Smoke On The PGA Tour? Health and Wellness Initiatives

    Smoking on the PGA Tour is allowed with certain restrictions to ensure the well-being of players and spectators. While there are designated smoking areas, smoking is prohibited in certain areas and during tournament rounds. Smoking can significantly negatively affect a golfer's physical stamina, lung capacity, cardiovascular health, mental ...

  14. Here's why PGA TOUR players are switching to Callaway's new Paradym Ai

    Callaway's new family of Paradym Ai Smoke drivers hit the USGA Conforming List on Monday at the start of the year, and a slew of PGA TOUR players are already preparing to put them in play at The ...

  15. How Tim Herron got around the NCAA smoking ban

    College golf banned smoking. This is how a future Tour-winner got around it. Tim Herron is one of the PGA Tour's most notorious smokers. It's a habit that pre-dated his time as a pro and even ...

  16. Can Players Smoke On The PGA Tour, On the Course ...

    Golfers like John Daly, Tim Herron, Marcel Siem, Darren Clarke, and Thomas Bjorn are famous for smoking while on the PGA tour. On the other hand, smoking weed on the greens is prohibited, whether in an amateur or professional setting. However, golfers who smoke weed argue that if ingested in small portions like 18mgs.

  17. Charley Hull, cigarette-smoking golfer, goes viral at US Open

    The 28-year-old Hull has won on the Ladies European Tour three times and the LPGA Tour twice. She picked up a golf club for the first time at the age of two and turned pro in 2013 — the year she ...

  18. Which PGA Tour players smoke on the tour's golf courses?

    Total Rating 100%. Posted February 7, 2016. Well, there's quite a few smokeshow wives. Quote. Ping G430 10K 10.5º Chrome 2.0 S (Didn't make the cut) Ping G400 9º TFC 419 Stiff at 45" (still the GOAT) Jazz 3 wd Powercoil Stiff. Rogue 3iron Recoil 660 F3 +1/2". X2 Hot 4-AW Recoil 660 F3 +1/2".

  19. Should smoking be banned on the European Tour and PGA Tour?

    Here is the PGA Tour's stance on smoking and the chewing of tobacco: 'Currently, the PGA TOUR does not have a policy against chewing tobacco or cigarettes. However, we do ask our players to be a ...

  20. Spit It All Out, Tour Golfers: Few Speak of Tobacco Habit

    On Thursday, during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Gay put a plug of tobacco in his mouth on the first hole and spit it out, discreetly, on the second. "And then I went nine ...

  21. Are Pro Golfers Able To Smoke And Drink On The Golf Course?

    Smoking is allowed on the PGA Tour, but it is generally frowned upon in our current era of professional sports and by the tour. The PGA Tour's official stance on this matter is as follows: "Currently, the PGA Tour does not have a policy against chewing tobacco or cigarettes. However, we do ask our players to be a little more discrete ...

  22. Smokers?

    GolfWRX_Spotted posted a topic in Tour and Pre-Release Equipment, June 3. Early in hand photos of the new GT2 models t the truck. As soon as they show up on the range in player's bags we'll get some better from the top photos and hopefully some... 374 replies.

  23. Callaway launches Paradym AI Smoke Triple Diamond MAX driver

    The Paradym AI Smoke Triple Diamond MAX is priced in line with the rest of the AI Smoke driver series at $599 and will be available for preorder starting May 28. ... including PGA Tour players ...

  24. Bernhard Langer details reasons behind remaining 'reasonably ...

    With that, his DP World Tour career ended, but the golfer will continue at the PGA Tour Champions and his next appearance will be at the Kaulig Companies Championship, which starts on July 11.

  25. What to know, how to watch The Ascendant at TPC Colorado

    The Korn Ferry Tour is one of the main paths professional golfers follow in hopes of reaching the PGA Tour. At the end of this season, the top 30 Korn Ferry Tour players will receive their PGA ...

  26. XXIO's lightweight clubs make golf feel easier

    XXIO 13 is a lightweight and premium set of Woods and Irons that helps moderate swing speed golfers hit longer, straighter golf shots. Its unique technologies specifically benefit the golfer who ...

  27. Hayden Springer Shoots 59 at PGA Tour's John Deere Classic

    Hayden Springer joined an exclusive club Thursday at the John Deere Classic, firing a 59 on the Fourth of July. The 27-year-old Tennessean shot the 14th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, and just ...

  28. Meet Davis Thompson: Former Georgia Bulldog joins PGA Tour winner's circle

    Davis Thompson following his father at Georgia. Thompson has some strong golf genes working for him. His father Todd played for the Bulldogs from 1985-1988 and was the team captain in 1987 and 1988.

  29. 2024 Scottish Open odds, picks, field: Surprising predictions from golf

    McIlroy, a 26-time PGA Tour champion, is listed as the 7-1 favorite in the 2024 Scottish Open odds. He's followed by Xander Schauffele (8-1), Collin Morikawa (12-1), Ludvig Aberg (14-1) and Viktor ...

  30. 2024 John Deere Classic prize money payouts for PGA Tour players

    The John Deere Classic has produced more first-time winners than any other PGA Tour event, and this week, that was Davis Thompson. The 25-year-old won the 2024 John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, on Sunday for his first win in 63 Tour starts. With that, he earned 500 FedEx Cup points and more importantly took home the biggest check of his career for $1.44 million.