British Open 2019: Tommy Fleetwood doesn’t understand why Twitter is roasting his ‘normal’ shirt
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — At this week’s British Open at Royal Portrush, the Nike stable of athletes — notably, Jason Day, Tony Finau, Thomas Pieters and Tommy Fleetwood, thus far — have taken turns donning a graphic black-and-white polo shirt that has been met with largely negative reactions on social media.
The shirt was given a big spotlight on Friday when Fleetwood fired a four-under-par 67 to launch himself near the top of the British Open leaderboard. Though Finau and Day wore the shirt yesterday, Fleetwood’s additional television exposure prompted a slew of comments to flood Twitter. Here’s a sampling.
Tommy Fleetwood is eventually going to win one of these. Just not in that shirt. #notforposterity
— Matthew Rudy (@RudyWriter) July 19, 2019
🏚️ Your @TheOpen clubhouse leader
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) July 19, 2019
— Martin Dempster (@DempsterMartin) July 19, 2019
I don’t think I can ever forgive Tommy Fleetwood for that shirt
— Gabe Perrin (@gabe_perrin) July 19, 2019
— Eddie Kenny (@eddiekenny) July 19, 2019
I’d really like to see Tommy Fleetwood win a major, but seeing him play in that monstrosity of a shirt he’s wearing is making me reconsider that stance.
— Dan Cancian (@dan_cancian) July 19, 2019
Fleetwood doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. At his post-round press conference, I asked him about the attention the shirt received, and whether he thought the shirt was reflective of his personal style.
“I personally like it,” Fleetwood said. “I’ve got more comments than I thought, actually, so maybe I have a bit too much of a colorful style because I just thought it was normal.”
Hey, when you shoot 68-67 in the first two rounds of the British Open, you can wear whatever you want. And if you want to own one yourself, you’re in luck! The shirt is available on Nike’s website for $75.
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