Tyrrell Hatton On Hoodies - "Golf Is Sometimes Too Stuffy"

The Englishman has his say on golf's dress codes and wearing hoodies on the course

Tyrrell Hatton poses in a hoodie
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The Englishman has his say on golf's dress codes and wearing hoodies on the course

Tyrrell Hatton played some magnificent golf on the way to a four-shot victory at the 2020 BMW PGA Championship that took him into the top ten of the world rankings for the first time.

But he received as many headlines for the hoodie that he chose to wear throughout the week as he did for his excellent scoring.

“I was a little surprised by the reaction,” he told Golf Monthly ahead of Wentworth, where the hoodie will be making a return.

“I wasn’t the first person to wear a hoodie, but it was great how much attention it got, although it was definitely divided! I enjoyed wearing it – it was great.

“There wasn’t too much thought to it.

"It’s very easy to swing in and it moves nicely with your body so there’s no restriction there.

"On days where it’s a bit cold and you need to layer up, you want to be able to swing freely and I was able to do that in the hoodie. I thought it was cool to wear.”

Tyrrell Hatton holds the BMW PGA Championship trophy

Hatton won the 2020 BMW PGA Championship in his now-famous hoodie

What would Hatton say to those who criticised it?

“I’d be interested to see them actually put it on and swing a golf club in it,” he said.

“I think they’d probably change their mind compared to the standard jumper that they might wear at the weekend.

“But everyone’s different, I guess. I think more relaxed dress codes can help grow the game.

"I think golf is sometimes too stuffy.

"The perfect example of that is the emails that clubs sent out after I was wearing the hoodie at Wentworth [telling members they weren’t acceptable].

"Some of them were embarrassing. I think that puts a lot of people off playing golf.

“Part of golf is socialising and getting people up to the club and having a good time together, and you’re only going to push people away by being too strict about what you can and can’t wear.”

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x