The Open Championship got underway at Royal Birkdale, Britain, on Thursday and an Australian golfer has already committed a fashion faux pas.
World number six Jason Day teed off wearing a pair of shoes that looked like he had taken style tips from “Back To The Future’s” Martin McFly before beginning his bid for the major.
It did not go unnoticed by viewers:
— Olly Serrant (@OllySerrant) July 20, 2017
Here are the shoes from another angle:
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— Evan Gale (@Evan__Gale) July 20, 2017
Ok, we made that last one up.
Are they even legal?
The shoes are part of Day’s $10 million (£7.7 million) a year golf deal with Nike, but they look like they belong on the basketball court. They even sport the familiar Jordon logo. Nike does have them listed as golf shoes – albeit in the women’s department.
Whether they are up to standards of Royal Birkdale’s strict dress code, remains to be seen.
The course’s website states: “Smart attire is essential, golf shoes are to be worn; smart tailored shorts may be worn with knee length socks or short socks; sports shorts and combat/cargo shorts are not permitted.”
Regardless of dress code, golf fans seem to believe that Day is guilty of a far more serious crime – a crime against fashion.
— John (@john_stewart90) July 20, 2017
Call me old fashioned but Jason Day's pant-shoe combo is hideous #TheOpen
— Otis_Frosti (@lancelot_george) July 20, 2017
Jason Day should be DQ'd for those absolutely awful shoes #TheOpen
— Scott DiCicco (@scott_dicicco) July 20, 2017