Top 10: Weird and wonderful golf trophiesApril, 2015
We run down some of the biggest, best, worst and most bizarre golfing trophies
With the sheer number of golf tournaments taking place all over the world, it’s no surprise we are treated to an array of weird and wonderful trophies.
Some are very cool, some are bizarre, some are ridiculously massive and some double up as fruit bowls.
The Majors are exempt from this list as they are all pretty awesome in their own way and the prestige of winning one of golf’s greatest prizes far outweighs the actual trophy (or jacket).
1. RBC Heritage
It’s quite an odd one as it often follows the Masters quite closely. So even you didn’t get your hands on the Green Jacket, you can land the Tartan Jacket the following week. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it but looks great with a pair of cream chinos.
It’s actually know as the Harbour Town Plaid Jacket, worn by tournament organisers.
2. Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge
Maybe one for the kids bedroom? The large Tiger with its hand on top of a globe has been won a few times by the man himself, it looks a little odd in someone else’s hands. The trophy does seem a little self-indulgent but the event raises funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation which helps improve the health, education and welfare of children in America.
3. The Sanderson Farms Championship
Nothing dampens the euphoria of winning a PGA Tour event like being handed a large bronze chicken. This trophy was introduced in 2014 and represents a fable which is special to Joe Sanderson, CEO of Sanderson Farms Inc.
The fable tells the story of Chaunticleer, a proud rooster who escapes from a cunning fox and teaches us to be wary of reckless decisions…
4. Trophee Hassan II
This is one of the coolest prizes on the European Tour but just remember to take it out of your hand luggage when going through security at the airport.
The event is played around the grounds of the Royal Palace of Agadir in Morrocco and the decorative dagger is handed to the winner by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid.
5. Dubai Desert Classic
When Darren Clarke won The Open in 2011 he famously filled the Claret Jug with Guinness.
I wonder how many pint of the black stuff you could fit in the Dallah Trophy which has to be the largest on the European Tour?
Last year’s winner of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic claimed it would be too expensive to fill it with champagne. We think you could just about afford it Rory.
6. The Africa Open
It’s lovely but it’s just not quite right. I get the feeling it was made but then needed something for it to stand up on so a massive piece of wood was added to the bottom.
It’ll certainly stand out in the trophy cabinet.
7. Farmers Insurance Open
I think you can get hold of one of these by sending in four tokens and £29.99 +p&p to an certain English national newspaper.
It also looks a bit like the tree Mr Miyagi gives to Daniel Son to look after in The Kararte Kid.
Either way it doesn’t exactly shout “I’ve just won a golf tournament”.
8. Tshwane Open
This is another one which could cause problems for the flight home. It looks like it weighs a tonne so watch out for those excess baggage charges.
However this definitely shouts “I am the winner, look at my massive trophy” which is what it’s all about right?
9. Lyoness Open
I don’t think Mikael Lundberg was too bothered what he received after he ended a long wait for a trophy at last year’s event in Austria.
The last time he had won, lava lamps were still in fashion but he wasn’t expecting to walk away with one.
10. Made in Denmark
I always wonder what players will do with trophies like this beast claimed by Marc Warren at the 2014 Made in Denmark.
Everything about it says large fruit bowl to me. You’d never miss out on your five-a-day ever again.
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