It's the day of the Jaguar for NFL-touting Stewart

June 11, 1995|By Ohm Youngmisuk | Ohm Youngmisuk,Sun Staff Writer

POTOMAC -- For the past eight years, Payne Stewart has graced golf courses with his unique NFL team-colored outfits.

Yesterday, Stewart did not disappoint fans. Wearing his trademark plus-four pants, high socks and Ben Hogan hat, he sported the teal, black and gold colors of the NFL's expansion Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Back in the mid-'80s, they [NFL] were doing a lot of licensing and all sorts of things and NFL Properties wanted to get involved in golf," said Stewart, who, at 10-under 203, trails Davis Love III by one shot in the Kemper Open.

"They felt that was an avenue where they could get their name and apparel out to the guys who watch football on Sundays."

Stewart opened the tournament wearing the NFL logo, followed by Atlanta Falcons colors the next day. He has a tradition of wearing the hometown-team colors on the final day.

"Tomorrow, my favorite team will be the Redskins," he said.

They have its number

No. 13 seemed to be anything but unlucky for some golfers yesterday.

Miguel Jimenez (1-over 214), Jesper Parnevik (7-under 206) and Jay Haas (5-under 208) all had eagles on the par-5, 524-yard hole. Parnevik has two eagles and a birdie on No. 13 through three rounds of the tournament.

Another player who has enjoyed success on the hole is Billy Andrade. The 1991 Kemper champion has birdied No. 13 in each of his rounds thus far.

Yesterday, his birdie on the hole was the first of his five straight en route to a total of seven for the day.

"I love the hole," said Andrade, who is five shots back at 207. "I've driven it fairly well and gotten it around the green every day. It's a hole where you can pick up a little ground."

The 13th has witnessed 136 birdies, 186 pars, 39 bogeys and 11 eagles through three rounds.

The hole that golfers have had trouble with is No. 12. There have been just 34 birdies on the hole, with 227 pars, 88 bogeys and 24 double bogeys.

Cook doctors swings

Chuck Cook has only been at the Kemper for a day, but the Austin, Texas-based golf teacher has already made an impact.

Corey Pavin, who jumped from 1-under to 9-under yesterday, used Cook's advice to break a putting slump.

"I've really putted very poorly for a while," said Pavin, who changed putters and made adjustments to his stroke before the tournament. "I didn't hit it very well the first day.

"Chuck Cook showed up here yesterday and we did a little work this morning," Pavin said. "He said I was on the right track and doing the right thing. He just kind of reinforced it for me and I went out and hit the ball very well today."

Cook has worked with players such as Tom Kite and Stewart. Stewart credited Cook with helping him get his swing back.

"He's a wonderful teacher," Stewart said. "He doesn't have a particular method that he teaches. In his eyes, I don't think there is one right way to swing a golf club. He works with the individual, and he can get us back to that edge when we are out."

Hammond at 213

Frederick native Donnie Hammond shot a 1-over 72 with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 18. His three-day total is an even 213, putting him 11 shots back.

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