Back before Tony Jacklin took over as captain of the European Ryder Cup team, back when he was a player, he played one year for the GB&I team when the uniforms were so pitiful the soles fell off the bottom of some players’ shoes during the event.
As captain, one of the first things Jacklin did when he oversaw the emergence of Team Europe was get a commitment that the team would go first class all the way — top-shelf gear and clothing, travel on the Concorde — all the trimmings. Since then, it’s never been a contest as to which team is better dressed at the Ryder Cup. Europe’s players always look stylish, and our boys look like they think U.S.A. stands for the United Slobs of America.
Does it matter much? Well, Jacklin thought so, and he was right. Pride starts with attention to every detail. Look at these photographs — the Europeans are clearly wearing individually tailored and stylish tuxedos. Every suit is a perfect fit, even on the amazingly malformed body of Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The U.S. team? Apparently some tuxedo rental store in Louisville did good business this week, a bonus now that prom season is over. How can you tell? At least half the players are wearing jackets that don’t fit, and a similar number have trousers that are too long. With all the money these guys make, they didn’t all have the same tailor make tuxedos for them, did they? Really, it’s OK if you think looking good only involves wearing a pair of sunglasses on top of your golf hat and a huge silver belt buckle. But c’mon boys, you’re representing!
(Photos: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)