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Kaymer snood, scarf, keffiyah debate settled by a guy in Jacksonville, Fla.

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The great neck wear debate is over! Just one day after Martin Kaymer made headlines with the scarf/snood/keffiyah he wore during Sunday quarterfinal and semifinal, Florida Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits was able to settle the debate by getting the answer directly from the horse’s mouth.

Apparently, the neck warmer that was called every name under the sun wasn’t any of the above. It’s actually called a “Buff” and is used by fly fisherman as a piece of headware to prevent them from getting sunburned. The item, designed by angler Vaughn Cochran, somehow made its way into Kaymer’s hands where he immediately turned it into one of the most talked-about items in Saturday’s telecast.

Turns out Martin Kaymer of Germany, the last no. 1 seed remaining in the tournament and one of the finalists Sunday, was wearing a scarf designed by Cochran, the owner of Jacksonville-based Black Fly Outfitters. Cochran’s business, located on Beach Boulevard in the Strike Zone Fishing Center, sells clothing and equipment for adventure travelers.

“[Cochran] said Kaymer may have stumbled onto another use for the scarf, which has been sold by Black Fly Outfitters for four years.

“It protects against the sun, but it certainly could be useful for protecting against the cold,” Cochran said. “There are a number of ways people could use it. We’re thankful for the attention Martin is bringing to the product.”

Thanks to Garry Smits, we can officially let this debate die. I, for one, couldn’t sleep last night without knowing the official name. /sarcasm


Written by Jonathan Wall

02/27/2011 at 2:11 pm

Posted in Martin Kaymer, PGA Tour

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  1. […] donned by a few prominent European soccer players. As it turns out, its made for fly fishermen. (More.) Golf commentators were writing about it before the Watson-Kaymer match was even over. Snood or […]

  2. Kaymer snood, scarf, keffiyah debate settled by a guy in ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

    World Spinner

    02/27/2011 at 3:44 pm

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