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Tiger woods waterproofs

Why do the world’s best players have to endure ill-fitting waterproofs?

The heavens opened on the second morning of the 147th Open Championship which had everyone reaching for the baggy waterproof bottoms
 

All the talk heading into the 147th Open Championship was how a baked-out Carnoustie was going to present the sort of challenge we hadn’t seen since Hoylake in 2006.

But on the morning day two of the 2018 Open it was just how it should be every now and then when playing golf in Scotland – cold and wet.

Marc Leishman waterproofs

Some players had checked the forecast and were ready for it.

Other looked like they’d had to pull out a pair of ill-fitting waterproof trousers that had been stuffed in the bottom of the golf bag for the past three years.

Tiger woods waterproofs

We’ve spent a lot of time testing waterproof trousers over the past few years and have found a few which actually fit really well.

There are others which make you look like you’ve pooped yourself.

Russell Knox waterproofs

But you’d think the best players in the world would be wearing the best waterproofs out there?

Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Hideki Matsuyama waterproofs

There were a few players who managed to still look like a multi-millionaire tour pro, while others looked like they were hacking it around in the midweek Stableford.

Ryan Moore waterproofs

Among those who managed to keep their dignity were Adam Scott (obviously), Ryan Moore, Zach Johnson (surprisingly) and the man with the best wardrobe in golf, Hideki Matsuyama.

Adam Scott waterproofs

Jordan Spieth missed the worst of the weather but the beauty of his Under Armour gear is that it’s more moisture-wicking, rather than waterproof which allowed him to keep the layers to a minimum.

Jordan Spieth waterproofs

The clever materials include threadborne microthread technology which dry faster, won’t cling to you or chafe and stretches without absorbing sweat.

Not only does Spieth look a million dollars, his gear helps him perform out on the course.

Tiger Woods was leading the charge for the baggy pants brigade with playing partner Russell Knox also joining in.

Tiger Woods waterproofs

Even World No.1 Dustin Johnson looked a little bit flappy around the ankles.

Dustin Johnson waterproofs

And HRH Prince Andrew, a former R&A Captain, clearly hasn’t spent much money in the pro shop over the last 14 years.

Prince Andrew waterproofs

Thankfully, the forecast is decent for the weekend. Which means we won’t have to endure any more of this nonsense from Danny Willett.

Danny WIllett waterproofs

James Savage

Former equipment editor of NCG. Inconsistent ball-striker and tea-maker.

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