Golf-Puska trying to dress for success at Canadian Open

Fri, 23 Jul 04:02:00 2010

Jeff Puska has spent a good part of the Canadian Open searching for a clean pair of pants but after shooting an opening round three-over 73 Thursday he might not be around long enough to need them.

The last golfer to qualify for the $5.1 million event, Puska arrived at St. George's Golf and Country Club not really expecting to be around for the entire week.

Puska's lack of optimism left him with a thin wardrobe.

With $731.91 in earnings this season, it hardly comes as a shock Puska did not want to invest in a pair of trousers or two from St. George's pro shop.

Puska hinted to John Daly he might be interested in a pair of his head-spinning fluorescent psychedelic golf pants but was offered only good luck.

Jeff Tait and Bobby Pasternak, co-founders of a golf apparel company, were at St. George's on Monday when they learned of Puska's plight and stepped forward with an assortment of shirts, pants and belts to get him through the weekend.

But the pants were too big and Puska, a Canadian, said after his opening round on Thursday that he was still in need of a clean pair of trousers.

"These are the last pair of pants I've got that are clean," laughed Puska, who began golfing when he was 16, paying for his greens fees working at McDonald's. "I was given some pants and shirts but the pants are too big so now I'm still looking.

"I might have to run down to the nearest (thrift) store."

Puska certainly looked the part of a PGA Tour pro wearing a lime green golf shirt, dark charcoal slacks and cool shades but his record suggests the 30-year-old still has some way to go.

This year Puska has played six events on the Canadian Tour, missing the cut in his last four starts. If his play does not improve on Friday, will likely miss the cut once again.

His appearance in the Canadian Open was an unexpected bonus, emerging from a group of 160 hopefuls who played a single round on Monday to decide the final four entries.

"I was playing well, I was one-under through seven holes, it was fun," Puska said with a smile. "I've heard about how good this and this is where you want to be but it is still surprising.

"I knew guys would help you out, I just didn't know how nice it would be.

"It's been a thrill, I almost did not make contact that first shot, my knees were shaking like crazy."

(Editing by Steve Ginsburg)


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