Jason Day caused a stir by wearing a cap and t-shirt to present the PLAYERS trophy on Sunday.
By the time Si Woo Kim rolled in his final putt on the 18th green to become the youngest-ever winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, Jason Day had long since finished his round, a 8-over par 80.
After such a poor round, Day would have been keen to leave TPS Sawgrass as quickly as possible but as defending champion he was still required to hand the trophy to Kim at the presentation ceremony. But when he appeared a lot of people were upset about the clothes he was wearing.
Day had changed into a range of Nike street wear clothing – cap, shoes, skateboarding t-shirt. Some suggested that by donning the informal gear (possibly told by Nike to do so) Day was being a disrespectful to the new South Korean champion and the tournament wearing the informal gear.
@HalleeGolfman No, but disrespectful in some minds, including mine……especially for what the PGA Tour wants to be a fifth major.
— Ron Mintz (@MintzGolf) May 15, 2017
Nice of Jason Day to dress up for the trophy ceremony. Jax, if the players don’t think we’re a major, we’ll never be one pic.twitter.com/vHW7N64Lrk
— Chris Lynch (@WyndhamLynch) May 14, 2017
— Jp Lynch (@Jp_Lynch15) May 14, 2017
— Henry Peters (@hsspeters) May 14, 2017
Of course there were a few that loved it as well.
Nothing says golf snobbery like the “golfing community” getting upset that Jason Day puts on a t-shirt when his round ends.
— Bill Heffelfinger (@D3Bill) May 15, 2017
Jason Day rocking the t-shirt on stage. Hell yes
— Nick Juskewycz (@NickJuskewycz) May 14, 2017
I’ve no doubt that Day (and Nike) thought this would create a stir. And while on one hand we love seeing relaxed golf course dress codes we do think the PGA Tour will be having a word or two to Day about this one.
Out favourite response came from Steven Bowditch who has laid claim to the Nike “SB” on Twitter:
— bowdo (@bowdo83) May 15, 2017