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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: June 15, 12:05 PM ET
Machado's Golf Experience


You just have to figure that any golf tournament put on by Rob Machado's going to have style...even if that style was "borrowed" from a jar of salsa.

Much was said about Rob Machado a number of years ago when photos of him golfing first started surfacing. Some lauded him for bringing so much style to the course, others just wondered why a surfer was playing golf.

Shortly thereafter, Kelly got into chasing a little white ball around with a stick, and Rob's mystique on the course was overshadowed. Much like the plot to his new film, The Drifter, Rob retreated.

He sought out the seldom played public courses. He indulged in twighlight specials, whittled his own clubs out of eucalyptus, and got back to basics, back to "soul golf." But not one to drop off the radar completely, for eight years running now he's played host to his own tournament, an affair that benefits the Rob Machado Foundation, which over the years has helped support everything from Boarding For Breast Cancer to the Cardiff Education Foundation to 1% For The Planet.

On Monday, September 28, Rob and friends took to the links at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and spent the day wacking away. Here's a few highlights:

Convention has never been one of Rob's trademarks. Much like his approach to surfing, for as good as he is with a normal golf club in his hand he's shines on alternative equipment. He out drove everybody on this one.
Funny thing about this group—besides Rob's lack of footwear—on the left is Surfing Mag publisher Tony Perez who just happened to show up at the course at the same time...he had no idea there was even a Mexican dress-up theme.
Does "Dwarf on Golf" ever get old? This guy doesn't think so.
The problem with hosting a Mexican-themed golf tournament is the copious amounts of tequilla one ends up consuming. Rob's not exactly built like a drinker, which may explain how the groundskeepers came to find him in this state.
Rob usually keeps the fact that he was born in Australia on the down low, but after a few margaritas the kangaroo came flying out of the bag. Border Patrol officers realized something was up when he wouldn't shut up about cricket and meat pies.