By Alex Holmes
"To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain."
-- Harry Vardon
His impact also stretched into golf fashion. Vardon was among the early golfers to ditch the traditional Englishman's dress and play in short trousers that fell a few inches below his knees. The Knickerbockers, referred to in the U.S. as plus fours, became wildly popular at the turn of the 20th century and quickly became the unofficial uniform of the early American sportsman.
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