One of the nice touches at a PGA Championship is how the players are grouped on Thursday and Friday. The 1:50 p.m. tee time on Thursday off the 10th tee brought together a trio of former winners: Mark Brooks, Bob Tway and, most stylishly, Steve Elkington.
Elk, owner and operator of one of the most beautiful swings to ever grace a golf course, has always been one to do his own thing, and he's doing more of it now than he ever has before.
On Thursday, the winner of the '95 PGA Championship was wearing green, white and red patent-leather Foot Joys with real spikes; high-rise brown trousers with a windowpane check and yard-long pleats that looked like something the Texas golfing legend Jimmy Demaret would have felt at home in; and a white shirt with pink dots and a hard collar. It was the shirt that drove me to Elkington's website, elksworld.com, where you can find many of the clothes he wears and, he explained to me shortly before teeing off, designs.
You will not find his golf bag on his website: an elk-skin bag, with matching elk-skin headcovers, filled with classic Titleist forged blades. Elkington is not looking for people to pay him money to wear certain clothes or play certain clubs or carry a certain bag. He's doing his own thing. You have to admire him for it. I do.