Tom Kim vs pants is a rivalry for the ages. It’s the New South Wales vs Queensland of sartorial showdowns. Kim burst onto the scene (literally) at last year’s Presidents Cup when he split his pants not once but twice at Quail Hollow. Then at the PGA Championship, Kim did his best Swamp Thing impression when he slipped in a creek attempting a treacherous recovery shot, getting caked in mud from the Nike swoosh down.

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Since then we’ve been watching and waiting for Kim’s next run-in with a pair of slacks, which finally arrived at the FedEx St Jude Championship on the opening day when Kim made his playoff debut dressed like he was headed to a regatta on the cape…

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As is seemingly the case with all things Tom Kim, the internet was simultaneously mystified and magnetised by the South Korean’s bold new look.

It’s a valid question, but we honestly don’t know. Maybe the swelling from Kim’s twisted ankle still hasn’t gone down enough to squeeze into those finely tailored pantaloons. Maybe men’s capris are making a comeback. Maybe he’s just showing his dreaded khaki adversaries who’s boss once and for all. We’ll have to wait and see what he says after his first round at TPC Southwind.