The Curious Case of Martin Kaymer’s Neckwear
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

While some of us are checking out the Oscar Red Carpet looks tonight, Martin Kaymer made a fashion statement of his own this weekend at the Accenture Match Play Championship. However, when Kaymer unveiled the above neckwear accessory, Americans were baffled by the garment. First of all, what is the proper terminology for it? Martin called it a “snood,” but according to a tweet from Mr. Style, Marty Hackel, it’s a “buff” (and I even called him for confirmation — yes, the important things in life!).

There you have it, it’s official! — I have a feeling Mr. Cochran’s phone is going to be ringing off the hook on Monday. I like the buff. Congrats, Martin, you’ve started a golf fashion trend.

Kaymer said he broke out the buff because he forgot to pack a turtleneck.

“I don’t know how it’s called in English – snood?” said Kaymer, the new number-one player in the world. “I heard a lot of guys in soccer, they are using that. I just got it yesterday in order to stay warm. And maybe it’s a European thing. Maybe we’ll see it more often on the PGA Tour.

“No, I’m staying in Scottsdale, usually to get ready for tournaments. When you drive only one and a half hours, you’re not expecting to bring a sweater, even. But if we needed a turtleneck, I was not expecting that.”

What do you guys think? Would you sport a buff on the course?

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)