ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – John Daly might have made the history books Thursday at St. Andrews. No, not by opening with a 66 – Rory McIlroy did him three better, tying the record for low score at a major – but by becoming the first player to compete at the Old Course in pants that resemble protozoa flocking in a petri dish.
His Thursday ensemble consisted of wild purple pants – Loudmouth Golf, which makes the duds, refers to this style as “Pazeltine” – along with white shoes, a cream-colored shirt, sky-blue vest and a turquoise cap emblazoned on the side with “Just Play Anyway.”
“All of these pants, the good thing about them is you get dressed in the dark, any shirt is going to match,” quipped Daly.
A picture taken prior to Tuesday night’s Champions Dinner at St. Andrews shows players in somber gray and navy suits, R&A club captain Colin M. Brown dressed in a traditional red captain’s blazer and Daly, standing between Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods, clad in a black turtleneck and green-flowered sportcoat that resembled some sort of loud tiki bar motif.
Daly actually called ahead to get approval for his choice, and someone close to him was asked if any of the champions ribbed him about the blazer. “No, not that I know,” he said. “They were more upset that John got a special dessert – some sort of a special chocolate volcano. I guess they wanted to make sure he came.”