SOUTHPORT, England — For a second straight day, a pair of Nike shoes is generating a lot of buzz at the 146th British Open. On Thursday, it was Jason Day’s white high-tops that seemed to divide Americans more than this past Presidential election. And on Friday, Paul Casey arrived to Royal Birkdale rocking some flashy new birthday kicks to celebrate him turning the big four-oh.
As you can see, Casey was really jazzed up about the shoes, but they certainly haven’t helped him play better. Casey began the second round one shot off the lead, but tumbled off the leader board with four bogeys over his first six holes.
Not pictured are the big “40”s on the back of each shoe. I’m only 35 and the last thing I want is to be reminded that I’m 35. But Casey, who is also an avid cycler, seems to be embracing getting older. Good for him. But after this performance, we’re betting they stay on the shelf for the weekend.