U.S. honors first Walker Cup by wearing golf ties

Team USA during Friday's practice at the 2013 Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – When it comes to apparel, players always say: ‘Feel good, play good.’

Team USA was looking mighty dapper during Friday’s practice round at National Golf Links of America. All 10 players and the captain were dressed in plaid, navy pants with mustard lines coordinated with a white polo, a knit tie and a navy cardigan sweater.

Captain Jim Holtgrieve came up with the idea after doing some research on the first Walker Cup when it took place 91 years ago at NGLA. He looked at the pictures and went to the library to check out what they wore.

“I thought, 'Why don’t we (wear ties) on Friday, why don’t we honor those guys who played in 1922,' ” Holtgrieve said.

When Holtgrieve went to discuss uniforms with Polo Ralph Lauren, he told them he wanted the nostalgia atmosphere of 1922 for at least one of the days.

Some players were glad to see the old-fashion feel on Friday, wearing Tartan pants and the knit tie.

Patrick Rodgers and Nathan Smith agreed with Holtgrieve saying it was a good idea. They both enjoyed wearing them and had some fun with the look.

Added Michael Weaver: “It was cool. I’m glad all 10, plus Capt. had them on, but it’s definitely different.”

Weaver wore a tie for the first time on the course, and said even though it was fun in this type of atmosphere he probably won’t wear it again.

Either way, good on Holtgrieve to pay respect to the Walker Cup and NGLA.

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