In the venerable tradition of Luke Petkac’s “NBA Swag: Who Has it, Who Doesn’t,” I present a similar examination of swag on the PGA Tour.
Before tackling the obvious objection to anyone in the gentleman’s game possessing a modicum of swag, it’s essential to explore the essence of this oft-misunderstood concept.
According to the only reliable resource for such knowledge, The Urban Dictionary, “swag” is defined as:
Originally from the Scottish slang word "swagger" which was a description of the way some Scots walk (in a swaying motion), the word was then misinterpreted by the English as "the way someone presents themselves," e.g., whether someone looks cool.
Further, “swagger” is defined as:
How one presents him or her self to the world. Swagger is shown from how the person handles a situation. It can also be shown in the person's walk. Swagger is to to move with confidence, sophistication and to be cool. Swagger is to conduct yourself in a way that would automatically earn respect To dress in a very stylish and quirkily fashionable way would suggest one is swagger.
A demeanor of confidence, coolness, and togetherness. Someone with Swagger gives of an aura of comfortability with his/her self. Swagger is commonly referred to as Swag or Swagga. Swagger is not to be confused with cockiness. Cockiness is someone thinking they are the s**t, but if you have swagger you probably are the s**t.
So, then, the tour players with swag are those who have an element of coolness, perhaps bordering on the badass, who exude confidence, are generally well dressed and are given to cockiness. They may not be the most well-liked players, but you can be assured they don’t care.
On to the swaggerific!