With the golf world stuck in the depths of its most on-brand debate ever, Harold Varner III settled the argument in a sobering fashion.
“The fact that golf is worried about a hoodie is honestly what’s wrong with golf,” he tweeted.
Golf’s purists have found themselves in a tizzy in this week after one of the game’s leading players, Rory McIlroy, committed one of the game’s hundreds of no-nos.
He wore a hoodie.
Not in a practice round, but an actual PGA Tour event. Golf’s great hoodie debate ensued.
The crusty establishment is up in arms with the sight of McIlroy’s grey Nike hooded sweatshirt enough to make it wake up at night in a cold sweat.
A hoodie first emerged earlier this month on the European Tour when Tyrrell Hatton rocked up at the BMW PGA Championship donning a black Adidas number.
And while that caused some rumblings, too, Hatton is not one of the game’s pin-up boys like McIlory has been for nearly a decade.
Varner, like most fans not stuck in ancient times, doesn’t have an issue with the hoodie — but he does with the debate because golf has far bigger issues to address, Golf Digest reported.
Asked to elaborate on his view, he said golf’s focus should be on making it more accessible, and not about attire.
“I had about five or six people asking me about a hoodie and I said, ‘The problem with golf is that we’re talking about a hoodie.’
“My tweet had nothing to do with a hoodie, it’s the fact that we’re talking about a hoodie and we’re not worried about how we’re going to get more people into golf and how we’re going to grow the game.
“That’s the part that’s funny to me because some people are bitter, man. They want it to be like a certain way.” – golfdigest.com