To celebrate being the official knitwear supplier to the 146th British Open, we have created a limited edition Open Collection: a collection of classic and iconic knitwear for men and women, inspired by Lyle & Scott’s golfing heritage. We’re taking a closer look at a jumper that made golfing history:
We have been creating golfwear since the 1960s, and during that time we have been lucky enough to have been worn by icons of the sport, including Jack Nicklaus on the day he made golfing history. When he teed off on the final hole of the 1978 Open Championship, Jack Nicklaus was well on his way to becoming Open Champion for the third time. This was his last time receiving the famous Claret Jug (the trophy awarded to the winner of the Open Championship every year), but it was also arguably his most iconic and most celebrated. A third Open victory for Nicklaus saw him achieve what no other golfer had done before: a triple career grand slam (winning all four of golf’s modern majors three times). An historic event such as this doesn’t happen often (Nicklaus’ achievement wasn’t matched until 2008), so it’s something worth celebrating. As part of our limited edition Open Collection, we have created a unique piece of knitwear inspired by the Lyle & Scott argyle jumper that Jack Nicklaus wore at the 1978 Open Championship.
For our design team, it was a chance to indulge in nostalgia and take a look back at our history in golf knitwear. Fortunately, among the somewhat questionable styles of 1970s golfwear, Nicklaus’ jumper was the epitome of timeless style. An allover argyle pattern and simple colour palette made the original jumper one of the most iconic in golfing history. It was simply a matter of taking a classic and turning it into a modern jumper by ingraining it with today’s cutting edge technical engineering. A classic merino wool construction has been updated to a teflon coated merino/acrylic blend, so the jumper has the durability to last for many more Open Championships to come.