RantsMay 16, 2016

Counterpoint: Jason Day can rock whatever facial hair he pleases

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15:  Jason Day of Australia reacts to his birdie on the 12th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 15: Jason Day of Australia reacts to his birdie on the 12th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Our friend and Conde Nast family member GQ posted a story Monday on Jason Day. But instead of hailing the Aussie's win at the Players Championship, GQ took umbrage with Day's facial hair in a piece titled, "One of the World's Best Athletes Has a Major Beard Problem" from Jake Woolf:

"Put bluntly, Day's beard is a mess. It's not that thick to begin with and kinda patchy around his cheeks. But that stuff can be handled with the right trimmer. Where Day's beard gets really unkempt is in the dreaded neckbeard area. In fact, there's more hair on his neck than his face, which is a serious indicator of a problem."

Now, GQ has us beat on a few fronts like fashion, style, fitness, sex tips, movies, music, travel and general etiquette for being a man. But golf is our corner, so in our best Clint Eastwood impression, we say:

GET OFF OUR LAWN.

For starters, name a transcendent modern athlete that doesn't have ridiculously awful whiskers. Clayton Kershaw looks like he glues blades of grass to his cheeks, Steph Curry has the facial hair of a sixth grader hitting puberty and Andrew Luck apparently spends his offseason with the Amish.

And sure, we hope Day's flavor savor isn't a trend. But golf has survived worse: Collarless performance shirts, John Daly pants, Ryder Cup shirts, bucket hats, the wardrobe of the 1970s. We're fighters.

However, we have to ask: Have you seen Jason Day on the golf course? The guy hits irons 300 yards and drops putts as if Bugs Bunny has a magnet on his ball. You do work on the links like that, you can rock whatever whiskers you damn well please.

Besides, Day's bristles aren't as bad as the pathetic excuse for a beard Tom Hardy flaunts, and that was good enough to make your Most Stylish Men of 2016 cover:

But, we are a family, and that means forgiving. Even if this rant means a further drop down your Douchey Sports ranking.


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