February 26 2011
MARANA, Ariz. -- With Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter making early exits, the normally understated Martin Kaymer ended up setting the fashion trend on Saturday as the 26-year-old wore a navy-and-white scarf around his neck that conjured up images of Arabian shieks.
Kaymer called it a "snood" which sent us scrambling for the dictionary -- and when we looked the word up we were confused even more. By definition, a snood is a distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland and northern England.
Actually, Kaymer's wrap is called a "Buff" and it's made by Black Fly Outfitter, which is based in Jacksonville, Fla. Vaughn Cochran, who owns the company, was driving home from a fishing trip on Saturday when his phone started ringing. Friends were calling to tell him that Kaymer was wearing one of the buffs, which can be pulled up over the head and protects against the sun, bugs and wind.
Kaymer said he got the wrap on Friday to stay warm, "I heard a lot of guys in soccer they are using that. ... Maybe it's a European thing. Maybe we'll see it more often on the PGA TOUR." The 26-year-old, who stayed at his home in Scottsdale to prepare for the Accenture Match Play Championship, wasn't expecting the dramatic drop in temperatures.
"When you drive only one and a half hours, you're not expecting to bring a sweater, even,” Kaymer said. “But if we needed a turtle neck, I was not expecting that."
With temperatures not expected to rise out of the lower 50s on Sunday – and the possibility of snow – the Buff may come in handy again.