Light rain produced a somewhat dreary to start the U.S. Open, but there was Davis Love to brighten the morning, resplendent in his pink pants matching the color bubblegum, or better yet, Pepto-Bismol.
Not normally one for starburst sartorial choices--he’s no Ian Poulter-- the former PGA Champion nonetheless began a virtual cavalcade of conspicuous attire. Trying to outdo Love, on purpose or otherwise, were the likes of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, both of whom sported can’t-miss trouser selections.
Turns out Love and Simpson simply were following some gentle nudging from clothing sponsor Polo, which apparently is fine with its apparel being visible from clear across the golf course.
“I was just obeying one of my sponsors,” Simpson, who shot 4 over in the first round, said of his Ralph Lauren-designed lime green shirt and pink slacks. “They picked it out for me.”
Said Love: “I put this on for my wife, and I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ She said they look great, so between my wife and Ralph Lauren, I lost out. It worked today, though.”
Watson, meantime, wore camouflage pants (apparently to raise money for charities benefiting military families), an olive two-pocket shirt and wielded a driver with a hot pink shaft.
Watson and Love not only stood out for their wardrobe choices but also for their first-round performances at perhaps the most challenging course they’ll play this year. Love finished 1 under, and Watson was even par.