ou might think there’s a mistake in the name of this year’s RSM Classic champion, Talor Gooch, but there isn’t. Because of a family tradition, his initial name is y-less.
“My mom’s side of the family just spelled names odd, so they just wanted to keep the tradition continuing,” Gooch said after Round 2 on Sea Island, where he won his first PGA Tour title. “Nothing spectacular, I suppose they just wanted to make my life difficult. It’s a little bit of a pain in the buttocks.”
The ritual, however, is not exclusive to Talor. His mother’s name is Amber, spelled A-M-B-R-E, and his sister’s name is Cassidi, spelled with a I instead of a “y” at the end.
“I mean, especially on my mother’s side, all the women’s names are spelled differently,” he explained.
When the 30-year-old Oklahoma native and his wife, Ally, welcomed their first child, Collins, they decided to abandon the tradition.
“No, it wasn’t unique. We decided to break with tradition “he stated “I don’t want her to have to go through the same difficulties I did with the oddly spelled name.”