StyleJuly 16, 2014

Forget the Beatles. Golf has another British import to remember

By Alex Holmes

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As the story goes, in December 1846, Sir Harry Lumsden (right) and William Stephen Raikes Hodson, two commandants of a British Military regiment in India's North West Frontier, were tasked to raise a fighting force of British Indian recruits from Peshawar. Lumsden and Hodson noticed that the native's natural garb stood out considerably against the region's sandy backdrop and rendered no level of uniformity between the men. The traditional British Red Coat was no use either as the heavy fabric was too hot for the climate didn't create much more contrast with the natural surroundings.

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So, when you're watching the Open this week, remember that both the Beatles and your beat-up old khakis are just two different pieces cut from the same British cloth.