John Daly goes couture and garish at Open Championship

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2009, 4:00 pm
135th Open Championship TURNBERRY, Scotland ' Wonder what Bruno thinks of John Dalys look?
 
Big John showed up for a practice round at the British Open on Wednesday wearing striped pants, and were not talking subtle. Black, brown, pink, orange, with a dash of beige thrown in for good measure, and held up by a pink leather belt. Daly is probably the only one who would even attempt this ensemble at this staid ol event ' that is, unless Sonny and Cher have a history on the links that no one knows about.
 
Since then, he has watched rival after rival take home winners trophies. Not a good look at all, said Rachel C. Weingarten, a former celebrity makeup artist and author of the books Hello Gorgeous and Career and Corporate Cool.
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It's hard to miss John Daly's Loudmouth pants. Even Daly's girlfriend (background) wears the collection. (Getty Images)

 
Its almost as though hes channeling the late Chris Farley.
 
OK, so Daly is pushing the bounds of good taste. Then again, style is in the eye of the beholder. Whats garish to someone, is hip to another. There are snazzy outfits all over the course, from the ever dapper Ian Poulter to clotheshorse Darren Clarke to Latin cool Sergio Garcia.
 
As Bruno, the fictitious Austrian fashion reporter portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen, might say:
 
Uber cool!
 
One things for sure: The era of polyester and Sansabelt is over. Many golfers appear to spend as much time in front of the mirror as they do on the driving range.
 
I dont try to make a statement at all, insisted Garcia, whose most memorable fashion moment ' or infamous, depending on your taste ' might have been a top-to-bottom yellow outfit that made him look like a giant banana during the closing round of the 2006 British Open at Hoylake.
 
I just wear what I feel is comfortable, and I just wear the good things that (sponsor) Adidas sends me, said Garcia, looking fairly buttoned-down in a lime green shirt and black pants. I try to mix it around a little bit to show as much of the collection as they send me.
 
Make no mistake, the fashion game is as much about money as it about style. Top players like Garcia are paid millions to serve as de facto models as well as walking promos for equipment.
 
In 2002, his contract with Adidas was reported at $7 million a year. Tiger Woods reportedly signed a $100 million, five-year deal with Nike in 2001 that was reupped in 2006.
 
Woods and Garcia aside, just about every golfer has some sort of logo subtly, but unmistakably, displayed on his attire ' usually a small emblem over the heart or at the base of the neck ' or both.
 
But more guys than ever are taking a hands-on approach to their working clothes, none more so than Poulter. The 33-year-old Englishman once wore slacks at the PGA championship that looked like they were cut from Old Glory, and hes played the British Open in trousers emblazoned with the winners claret jug.
 
Poulter launched his own clothing line, hawks his products on the Web and even invented his own style of tartan, which is registered with all the proper Scottish authorities and carries the coat of arms Weave Truth With Trust.
 
A cagey business ploy, according to Weingarten.
 
Ian Poulter is an interesting story because hes young and hip and being marketed more as a fashion statement designer, she said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Hes young enough, cute enough and just outrageous enough to sell his clothing to even those who dont play or embrace the sport. Its a great licensing move by whomever is managing his brand.
 
Daly, his career dogged by personal and financial demons, was in need of quick cash when he agreed to a merchandising deal with Loudmouth Golf. Now, hes wearing wildly colored pants that look like holdovers from the Summer of Love. Or perhaps a leftover circus tent. One writer quipped that Daly is now visible from space.
 
Its been great. Weve had a blast with it, Daly said. Its something different, and sales are good,
 
The company has 28 different styles of slacks, and hes eager to wear every one of them. Of course, hes never been afraid to stand out.
 
I didnt have any deals, Daly said. The companys owner, a longtime friend, asked, Do you want to wear my pants, and I said, Yeah, Ill wear em.
 
Weingarten gave the daring look a big thumbs-down.
 
It would seem that Dalys new clothing endorsement is an attempt to make things larger than life in a new way ' maybe in the way that chefs pants have become equally outrageous instead of the old school black and white check, she said. Dalys physique, though, makes it somewhat difficult even if those with outrageous tastes embrace his bright new style aesthetic.
 
Besides, she wonders if golf will ever lead a true fashion revolution ' no matter what sort of outfit Daly comes up with next.
 
Golf isnt fast-paced and the golf-playing, golf-watching demographic arent trendy, but perhaps this look can act to make them feel as though the sport has new life in it, Weingarten said. Im not buying this statement, though. Even with borrowing heavily from 60s and 70s prints, its just not an organic or elegant statement.
 
Lee Westwood could care less. He practiced Wednesday in something from his gray-on-gray collection. (Zo boring, Bruno might say.)
 
I cant say Ive pieced together my wardrobe for the week, the Englishman said. I wear whatevers clean.
 
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