THE ONLY THING ON the head of Chris Wood is a thick mass of sandy brown hair. The hatless 22-year-old English pro who plays the European Tour warranted a spot on Iain Carter’s 10 Reasons to Be Cheerful About 2010 blog at BBC Sport.
“How refreshing to see a top player rejecting the opportunity to use his head as an advertising hoarding,” wrote Carter, “and here’s hoping he continues with this policy in 2010.”
Wood was low amateur at the 2008 Open Championship. In 2009, his first year on the pro circuit, the tall, slender Bristol native climbed 120 spots in the world golf rankings to crack the top 75. Carter noted the hatless look that Wood prefers has a strong tradition.
“Think of the greats of the past and how distinctive they were in the absence of standard issue hats or visors—Nicklaus, Seve and co.,” he wrote.
“Those who chose to wear hats had their own style—Watson, Trevino and Hogan, for example. Too many of the modern players look too similar and the peaks of those caps obscure too much of their personality.”
Wood certainly does not fall into the usual hatted-player mold. In 2010, he’ll also look to distinguish himself with stellar play.
−The Armchair Golfer