May 18 2011
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lucas Glover has a beard, the most talked about one on the PGA TOUR. Hunter Mahan has a beard, too.
Paul Goydos used to have facial hair while on TOUR ... in 1996.
Now those three will be grouped together this week in the first two rounds of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. On Thursday, they tee off at 1:24 p.m. ET off the first tee; on Friday, they tee off on the 10th tee at 8:54 a.m. ET.
"I'm older than both of them combined, maybe," Goydos said. Well, not quite -- Goydos is 46; Glover is 31 and Mahan turned 29 on Tuesday. But you get his point.
"That's a great pairing," Goydos said. "Lucas is obviously playing quite well, winning at Wells Fargo. And Hunter has played well for the last three or four years. I'm looking forward to it."
Asked about the need to grow some facial hair in order to match his playing partners, Goydos joked that he had a five-day growth going. It wasn’t that easy to see.
Then he spoke about his goatee, which he sported when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard back in 1996.
"Arnold didn't appreciate that too much," Goydos said about the goatee. "You don't want to have facial hair when you win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
"Arnold is not a big fan of facial hair. If he asks you to shave, that's what you do."
Goydos then continued the colorful story about his win, the first of his two TOUR victories.
"I was so under the radar at that event, he didn't know who I was," Goydos said. "I walked up on the 18th green. He was like, 'What are you doing? Who are you? Why are you on my green?'
"Well, I won.
"'You need to shave that stuff off.'
"OK, nice to meet you."
Whether the King remembers the story that way, who knows. With Goydos, it's best just to listen and enjoy.