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Boo Weekley arrives at Sony Open with exceptional beard. Thoughts?

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So….Boo Weekley’s beard. Looking more like a Robertson family member from Duck Dynasty than the average PGA Tour professional, the 42-year-old Milton, Florida, native arrived at Waialae for the Sony Open with some impressive facial hair growth.

While golf is a sport played by men outdoors, it’s not traditionally the dominion of Jeremiah Johnson-esque outdoorsmen.

Golf is, more traditionally, well, traditional. After a period of longer hair and bolder colors in the 70s (and pants that were tightly tailored to say the least), golf attire and golfer’s appearances took another turn toward the conservative in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.

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In the second decade of this century, however, amid a turn toward more athletic materials and away from pleated pants and muumuu-sized golf shirts, we’re also seeing a variety of grooming and hairstyle choices.

Does it matter? Is Boo Weekley’s beard, or Rickie Fowler’s high-tops, or pros going a few days without a razor really notable?

Is it important for touring professionals to reflect a variety of appearances? To look like the many varieties of golfers you’ll encounter at country clubs and municipal courses? Or is a conservative, clean-cut appearance vital to golf: a critical component of the traditions of the “gentleman’s game?”

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  9. Bob Pegram

    Jan 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Beards are OK, but Boo’s beard needs a trim.

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  13. Herb

    Jan 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Thoughts? I think it’s been a while since Boo has shaved. Possibly he’s going for a Wahl endorsement?

  14. Dave

    Jan 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    It didn’t help him make the cut…

  15. Chuck D

    Jan 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Face forest get’s censored? Really?

  16. Chuck D

    Jan 14, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Nothing like a full contact face forest! Go Boo!

  17. Ken

    Jan 14, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Some beards look great … this ain’t one of them.

  18. CT

    Jan 14, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Beards aren’t cool

  19. Philip

    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Paying respect to one of golfs original superstars is never bad. Besides, he can do double duty as a member of Saturdays evening ZZ Top air band competition.

    • Philip

      Jan 14, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Thought I hit the back key – takes so long for a post to show up now.

  20. Philip

    Jan 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    The beard is a tradition as old as the first superstar of golf “Mr. Morris” himself – and Boo can do double duty in a rocking ZZ Top air band Saturday evening. What’s not to like?

  21. Chuck

    Jan 14, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Since somebody got to “Old Tom Morris” before I did, I have nothing to add.

    Nothing, that is, except for proposing a law that the image of Old Tom Morris cannot be used in any commercial advertisement.

  22. Loz

    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:09 am

    It seems like certain staff on this site get the equipment exclusives, which is really what most here care about, and others get… I’ll just leave it at that.

    I’ve been playing for 25 years and personally prefer polo shirts and fairly plain trousers. Beards however I’m fine with, provided they don’t interfere with my swing.

  23. Steve

    Jan 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Boo’s beard looks great.

  24. John Krug

    Jan 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    When I look at that beard I think bacteria.

  25. Tim

    Jan 13, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Look like Boo should be on the Amish Mafia show and not the PGA Tour.

  26. deh

    Jan 13, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I just wish he would tell the story about when he fought an Orangutan again. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-boo-weekleyfightsanorangut

    “I moved in close and faked with my right, and that’s the last thing I remember. I woke up bleeding in the back of a friend’s pickup. The orangutan had knocked me cold with one punch, which I didn’t even see coming.”
    -Boo

    • MarkB A

      Jan 19, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      He is a funny character and a d*mn good golfer too.

  27. Tom

    Jan 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    He’s gone rogue on us.

  28. Teaj

    Jan 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    1. I think it does matter. Not the beard for me but the less then traditional clothing does not do anything for me. Fowler’s high-tops are no doubt a marketing ploy to get the general public talking about a brand(Good or Bad) old people are going to hate it and and kids are going to love it.

    I think the real question is do the Fowler’s of the industry really get the interest of a younger generation to start to play or is the louder less traditional clothing just another option for such generation that are already interested in the sport. Not sure how you would measure that but I am curious non the less.

    2. A touring pro to me should wear what he wants to wear. Traditional clothing is still in the game but acceptance of the louder more athletic look has arrived. I myself am more drawn to the traditional slacks (Non Pleated) and proper fitting golf shirt then the louder colours we see today but the clothing does not make the player, but more their character on and off the course will make me cheer for them, everyone loves a good story, please see exhibit A – Jason Day

  29. Brian

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Dumbest article I’ve ever read. And I occasionally read Jezebel.

  30. shimmy

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Good for him.

    Being a gentleman has everything to do with one’s actions, not appearance. I know several shabbily dressed homeless people in my neighborhood who I would consider gentle-people. Conversely, I have the misfortune of knowing many a dapper rich dude who are straight up jacknuggets.

    • Jerry Noble

      Jan 15, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Appearance does matter. However, every time I start to criticize some of today’s fashion I only need to think about what the first Americans wore with the tight pants, high socks, puffy shirts, and powdered wigs. It could be worse. Bo is just s redneck and does not care how ignorant he looks.

  31. Garrett

    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Basketball used to be clean-cut with short-shorts. Now we have Harden with a healthy beard and a minimum of 20% body-surface-area of tattoos league-wide. Now, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. It seems the NBA is more about the drama among its athletes than the sport itself. Do we want this for golf?

    Well let’s look at another example, the NFL has developed quite a bit in appearance both physically (uniforms/accessories) and metaphorically (player attitudes playing a prominent role in the media). However, with both the NBA and NFL, we have seen a consistent increase in media coverage and sports followers nation-wide (whether they be more interested in the drama of the sport). In any case, I feel the progress is a positive. It increases revenue allowing for a better viewing experience.

    Golf has historically been resilient to change however, I feel this is rooted in the ‘good ol’ boys club’ attitude of yesterday. Let’s keep it current! You want to rock high-tops, go ahead. Want to grow a healthy beard? Get after it.

    Bias disclosure: I’m sporting a full beard myself

    • Jerry Noble

      Jan 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Teams used to be required to dress alike. After all, it is about the team not the individuals. But in today’s society, there are always those on the team who are more concerned about how they look and want to be different. It is even on baseball now with the beards and goofy way some wear their uniforms.

  32. Aragorn

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Damn Gandalf.

  33. alfriday

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Very old school. He looks like Old Tom Morris.

  34. Ben Alberstadt

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Before the “who cares” comment train picks up steam: The question posed it 2-part and extends beyond Boo and his beard.

    Part 1 is:

    “Does it matter? Is Boo Weekley’s beard, or Rickie Fowler’s high-tops, or pros going a few days without a razor really notable?”

    Part 2 is:

    “Is it important for touring professionals to reflect a variety of appearances? To look like the many varieties of golfers you’ll encounter at country clubs and municipal courses? Or is a conservative, clean-cut appearance vital to golf: a critical component of the traditions of the “gentleman’s game?”

    • dhh

      Jan 13, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Obviously, all of it matters to you, you’re posting it all on here! duh heckle heckle

    • Michael

      Jan 13, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Don’t worry, Benny boy! Haters gonna hate. You did a better job of summing up your article here than you did in the article 😉 #everyonesacritic

    • Bert

      Jan 18, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      YES it matters – just another example of lowering standards to bring attention to yourself. The PGA Tour should have standards and enforce them. Maybe they do have standards? Just low ones!

  35. Michael

    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I would like to say that I have better things to think about. But if WRX really needs to know what I think, I’m cool with it.

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