Updated 12:14 p.m., January 27
The PGA Tour has issued a response to their savage editing of Thomas Pieter’s luxurious flow.
“In the standard process of prepping new headshots for broadcast TV, electronic scoreboards and other uses – which always requires a bit of retouching and color-correction – our vendor was a bit too heavy-handed in the editing of Thomas Pieters’ photo. The image has been returned more closely to the original photo – although some editing is always required – and reissued to our database. We regret this sequence of events and meant no disrespect to Thomas. We think he has a great head of hair.”
Call me crazy, but having the PGA Tour issuing a statement that you have a “great head of hair” might be the most phenomenal thing that could ever happen to a guy.
Originally Posted 9:05 a.m., January 27
Golf is like 90% style and 10% actually being good at the game. “Look good, play good,” they say. Bubba tosses his buttons top shelf and throws on a visor to boot. Ernie Els wears relaxed fit, pleated khakis that you could use to pitch a tent. And Rickie Fowler, for whatever reason, is just winning tournaments in Dubai while wearing high-top golf shoes and joggers. And normally? The PGA Tour lets these guys run with it. I mean, they’re European tour is even letting guys wear shorts during practice rounds now, a move that would have Ben Hogan rolling over in his grave.
So in light of recent events, it begs the question of why the PGA Tour decided to edit Thomas Pieter’s photo to make him appear to have less hair than he actually does?
As someone who takes great pride in his hair, I can’t help but also be personally offended by the downright ignorance the PGA Tour is displaying here. It’s 2016 and we live in a country where we’re graced with so many freedoms. But now we’re a country where foreign players can’t even let their luxurious hair flow in their player photos? I can’t help but hang my head.
Sure, I want to kick the shit out of this Belgian in the Ryder Cup. Yeah, I want Spieth to dominate him in all facets of the game en route to winning four majors this year. And of course I don’t want reasonably good looking Europeans coming onto our soil and taking our women. But I also don’t want to live in a world where a man is judged by the messiness of his hair instead of the content of his character.
And I don’t think that’s asking much. .
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