Again, Wear White on Sundays

At yesterday’s Wyndham Championship, Camilo Villegas proved, again, that you have a leg up on the leaderboard if you wear white pants on Sundays.

I think the cat’s out of the bag by now. Last week in the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship, Rory McIlory showed that wearing white pants on Sunday is the secret to success in major championships. Indeed, 13 of the last 24 major champions wore white on Sunday.

And now Camilo Villegas proved that the secret weapon works just about anywhere on the PGA Tour. He won the Wyndham Championship and $954,000 by wearing white pants on the Sunday. It also helps that he shot a 63 in the final round, which matched his 63 in the first round.

It was the fourth Tour win for Villegas and the first since taking the 2010 Honda Classic. He was ranked 12th in the world then but had plummeted to 254th going into the Wyndham. In 73 events he managed only two top-10 finishes; he had lost his game and his confidence, and he went to Q School in 2012.

”Simplify, simplify, simplify!”

I’m sure there’s a lot of soul-searching during these times of wandering in golf’s wilderness, but my suggestion is to not look too deep. Thoreau once said: “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!” Once you are at this elite level, you’ve got the game so keep it simple. Trust your swing — and make sure you wear white pants on Sunday.

Bill Haas, one of the two second-place finishers yesterday, had no chance to win. He wore blue pants. Sure, he shot a 64 on Sunday, but he wore blue pants. What were you thinking, Bill?

Heath Slocum was tied for the lead with two holes to play, but had no chance to win. He wore dark gray pants. A stubbed chip on the 17th hole dropped him one shot off the pace, and he three-putted the final hole, which cost him the victory, a spot in next week’s FedExCup Playoffs and a PGA Tour card for next year. Gray pants? With all that at stake, Heath, you gotta go with white, right?

Nick Watney is an interesting case. Watney wore white pants on Sunday, but he has a habit of losing third rounds leads. Still, I like your thinking, Nick. Perhaps the habit developed when you didn’t wear white pants on Sunday. The only way you’ll kick the habit is by sticking with the whites on Sunday.

And Freddie Jacobson, so close! He shot a 66 yesterday but lost by one stroke and missed an 11-footer by inches to tie for the lead on the final hole. His pants? Khaki. So close to white but not white.

Commit, Freddie, commit! And the rest of you in the hunt on the final day: Commit to white pants on Sunday, and you win.

What’s your lucky color on the golf course, the color that always brings good things?

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