Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Master Class: One Man, Two Looks, an Unforgettable Open




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It was Jack Nicklaus who said that 2009 at Turnberry will be forever remembered as "Watson's tournament." So many keystrokes have been registered by far superior writers on the topic of Tom Watson and what that performance meant to golf fans worldwide. All I know is what I saw, and what I saw was complete elegance. The kind of demeanor only forged through achieving great things, and the quiet satisfaction with one's self, one's legacy and the humility that results from it.

Tom Watson ambled around Turnberry with an unflappable spirit, but also with some fantastic clothing on his back. Of course, Tom is one of Ralph Lauren's stalwarts (since 1993) and along with Davis Love undoubtedly the face of their Polo Golf collection -- timeless, comfortably weathered, undeniably American.

The look that really defined the tournament for me was Tom in Round 2. I loved the combination of the sand-colored pullover with the grey chalk-striped flannels. And the royal purple polo popped pleasantly to add that punch of color we oft-speak about here. That was perfect British Open attire.

At the KC we also happened to like the Day 1 look of the two-tone grey argyle with the lavender. Lavender and grey is one of the most fantastic and elegant combinations out there. Every golfer should own a pair of grey trousers like the ones Tom wore on Day 1. Pairing them with a lavender polo will bring you unbridled joy and endless compliments -- I may be taking it a bit far, but you get the picture.

At Ralph Lauren, they've put together a small tribute on the Web to Tom Watson and the closing quotation is both fitting and firm: "Thank you for reminding all of us what the game is about..."

Amen.

-KC


3 comments:

TXQ said...

"Pairing them with a lavender polo will bring you unbridled joy and endless compliments -- I may be taking it a bit far, but you get the picture."

Huh. How do you define "a bit"? Just curious.

Just kidding, KC. Nice post. Almost falls under your "ode" category.

TXQ said...

"And the royal purple polo popped pleasantly to add that punch of color we oft-speak about here. That was perfect British Open attire."

There was so much alliteration here that I had to take a pee before finishing the segment.

Fancy Pants said...

Nice post KC. Like the bit about his demeanor as well. I did enjoy watching his coolness throughout the tournament and his grace in defeat. All of us as golfers and people could learn a lot from him.