After the year Rory Mcilroy had in 2013 he no longer wears his smile of old. Meanwhile Tiger’s traditional final-round choice of red hardly sends out the message that more history is ahead.
Perhaps the pair both need an injection of restorative heritage. The name Tom Morris is certainly going back a bit.
Old Tom Morris and his son Young Tom, both winners of four Open Championships, date back to the second half of the 19th century. What makes it relevant today to Woods, McIlroy and the rest of us is a stylish new golfing range launched this year bearing the Morris name, and tracing back to a brand established by Tom the older in 1848.
Choice wool from Scotland features in much of the Tom Morris quality gear and would be a wise hedge from tee to green against the elements ahead in the coming months.
At the same time, Burgh knitted-vests and Canongate cotton-padded gilets will not impede the swing, while Killermont chinos, among other trousers made by Tom Morris, don’t require you to change if re-entering urban life after a round.
From knitwear right through to waterproofs, duffle coats, blazers and sweats that are all both lifestyle and locker room there are hints that these are contemporary clothes that also reflect golfing tradition.
Likewise, accessories. For example, the Swilcan coin pouch is an elegant modern-day piece that is at the same time an homage to golf’s most famous water hazard. Designs such as Polo and other casual shirts for next spring and summer, and leather holdalls and belts further reflect how golf wear is now far removed from notions of middle-aged wardrobes.
A Tom Morris’ Buckie five-panel, baseball cap or Rabb Discharge Print T-shirts would sit comfortably on Justin Timberlake, Dougray Scott and other golf devotees who are the antithesis of country club.
Tom Morris tartan – a lavender shade - was a given to feature. Not least as this venture is being driven by the St Andrews’ Links Trust. These custodian of golf’s most sacred turf and a majority stake holder in the brand would expect you to maintain standards and putting surfaces, preferably with a Tom Morris Dornoch Horn pitch repairer.
The official Tom Morris shop is based at No. 8 The Links, which overlooks the 18th green at St Andrews and was where Morris based his own golf brand nearly 150 years ago.
Of course, altogether easier today is to go online to the new Tom Morris online shop. The Tom Morris motif – a silhouette of the older – is subtly secreted somewhere on every piece in the range bearing his name. So on the golf course you will never be alone. Instead, you will have the most distinguished company.
See the full range at www.tommorris.com/