Billy Horschel. Polo Ralph Lauren octopus pants. 2013 U.S. Open. Why?
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Billy Horschel. Polo Ralph Lauren octopus pants. 2013 U.S. Open. Why?

If you just watched Billy Horschel tee off in the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., then you just saw a great pair of pants.

Horschel, who wears clothes from Polo Ralph Lauren's RLX line out on Tour, is donning a pair of octopus-print pants for championship Sunday.

It's unclear why he went with these particular pants, though he's definitely making a splash with them. They've been the most talked about fashion statement of the week -- long before there was a hint Horschel would even make the cut and wear them in the final round.

So we tried to come up with some reasons why Horschel decided to honor our eight-legged friends under the sea.

  • Horschel's last name has eight letters. Octopi have eight legs.
  • Horschel is paying homage to "10,000 Leagues Under the Sea" with his art piece "10,000 Strokes Under Par."
  • Horschel's swing is so quick that it's like he's an octopus darting through the ocean.
  • Horschel doesn't care for horses, so didn't want to be called a "dark horse." Instead, he wanted to be thought of as an octopus, making his way to the surface from the depths of the ocean to finally be noticed.
  • Horschel hopes his pants will ward off the dreaded snowman 8. Or, as he calls it, the octopus.

We here at Golf News Net want to know what you think of the pants, but also what animal(s) you would plaster over your pants if you had to wear a print during the final round of a major championship in front of a worldwide audience.


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