6:38 a.m. Grey Goatee Mean Time
Our famously astute Grey Goatee Fashion Committee has not always endorsed the sartorial selections of Britisher Justin Rose, but so far he’s wearing well the favorite’s jacket we draped on his narrow shoulders this week for The Open Championship.
Rose is 4-under through 17 Friday holes, 6-under for the championship, two shots behind co-leaders J.B. Holmes, an American from America, and Irishman Shane Lowry.
Rose didn’t dazzle in a pastel-blue-striped polo, but he escaped the scorn heaped on Erik Van Rooyen by the television announcers for the South African’s white-belted burgundy pants that gather at the ankles.
“Still not convinced with the trousers, to be honest,” Tom Abbott said after Van Rooyen’s curling putt on 17 missed below the hole.
Sir Nick Faldo said, cackling: “They’re too tight — they stop the blood flow to his feet. That’s why he couldn’t feel the break on that putt.”
Lowry is from the Ireland south of Northern Ireland, which for some reason they don’t call Southern Ireland. The citizens of Eastern Ireland and Western Ireland are like, what’s up with that?
It’s still early in Lowry’s round, so check here through the day for golf updates, all the fashion news and further instruction in global geography.