Golf is a clean-cut game. Players dress well, have good posture and white teeth (for the most part). There’s little room in that squeaky-clean image for tattoos.
Or is there? A look at a completely different world suggests that tattoos continue to be less and less taboo.
Theresa Vail will become the first Miss America pageant contestant to have a visible tattoo. Vail, who is Ms. Kansas, has a tattoo of the “Serenity Prayer” on her right side between her rib and hip.
“My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers,” Vail wrote on her blog. “What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink. How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can’t do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all.”
So is there a golfer that has a tattoo and simply covers it up with the litany of clothing a player wears on the course? Are they denying who they really are by not putting it out there in the open? There are two!
Two-time PGA Tour winner Matt Every has a tattoo of “Live Forever,” the title of his favorite Oasis song, on his right arm.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko also has a tattoo: the date of her first pro win in Roman numerals on her right wrist.
Rickie Fowler has a pair of tattoos: one of a block G in honor of a girl dealing with a rare brain disorder and another in memory of former swing coach Barry McDonnell.