This year’s Masters had everything that one could ask for. Unbelievable shots, a Lefty-Tiger duel, and a sudden death playoff to decide the winner. Usually, you can’t beat that trifecta, but in this year’s Masters, one man put the icing on the cake. And that man was Shingo Katayama.
Now don’t get it twisted. Angel Cabrera’s performance was simply legendary, but I’m sure that we can all agree that Katayama’s colorful ensembles stole the show. So while Cabrera’s victory will one day be all but forgotten, Katayama’s own personal fashion week will live on forever.
Monday April 6, 2009 – 1st practice round
Katayama opens his Masters week looking pretty normal. The shades, hat, and vest are staples when it comes to golfers. No news here.
Tuesday April 7, 2009 – 2nd practice round
This is when I realized that I may need to keep an eye on Katayama for the rest of the week. The canary yellow pants just scream at you, “stay tuned, there’s more to come.” And like the song says, the pants don’t lie. Or something like that. Even if I failed to listen to the pants, Katayama’s disregard for color coordination would’ve kept me intrigued anyhow.
Wednesday April 8, 2009 – 3rd practice round
Final day of practice rounds and Katayama’s wardrobe is indicative of how he intends to play his fashion hand for the weekend. The shirts are getting more colorful (and smaller) and the hats are getting more safari-like.
Thursday April 9, 2009 – 1st round
It’s finally go time and how does Katayama start off his Masters journey? An ensemble that would match the green jacket, of course. Check the lime green [insert reptile here] skin belt. Don’t hate.
Friday April 10, 2009 – 2nd round
On Friday, Katayama decided to go “murdered out”. Some are lost so let me explain. When one is said to be “murdered out”, it means that he is dressed in black from head to toe. And what a better day to be “murdered out” than on a Friday at the Masters. I’ll go out on a limb and say that I’m sure Katayama was the only person “murdered out” at Augusta National.
Saturday April 11, 2009 – 3rd round
Saturday afternoon at the Masters. Is there anything better in the world of golf? Katayama made sure to not disappoint with his club and his duds. When a man comes out wearing white pants, you know he aint here to play no games. Throw in the bright yellow smedium shirt, the safari hat and the white [insert reptile here] skin belt and what you have on your hands is a legendary moment in Masters’ history.
Sunday April 12, 2009 – Final round
The round where legends are made. Katayama wasn’t able to make history with his club, but after his fashion performance, he definitely made history. And for that, Katayama deserves to take a bow. He definitely earned it.