Elite Cooling is coming to Pinehurst. No, Elite Cooling is not the latest HVAC contractor in town, but rather a new range of apparel from Nike Golf that will help its athletes combat the expected Triple H conditions (hazy, hot and humid).
Nike’s theme for the 2014 U.S. Open is ‘Engineered for Greatness’ and the path to hoisting the championship trophy will begin for Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey and others by slipping on lightweight apparel with cool-to-touch fabrics; strategically placed mesh panels; and woven constructions for superior ventilation and breathability.
“We’re lucky as Nike Athletes because we get to wear the best apparel for the best performance, which is especially important in those hot and humid conditions. I like that all the fabrics are really stretchy, and really comfortable. So no matter how hot it is or how much I sweat, it really doesn’t matter — it doesn’t affect me when I’m playing. I can still swing without any problems, and that’s the main thing you want when you play golf in that sort of weather.” — Francesco Molinari
Two of Nike Golf’s showcase pieces at Pinehurst are Innovation Dri-FIT Knit Cool polo and the Innovation Embossed polo. The Innovation Dri-FIT Cool polo features a premium jacquard knit fabric with mesh stripes across the chest and upper back, plus pinhole mesh panels on the sides and lower back for ventilation and breathability. From a style standpoint, the ribbed fold-over collar and two-button placket offer a classic look. The solid-colored Innovation Embossed polo features a 100-percent Dri-FIT mesh back to allow moisture and body heat escape.
Rory McIlroy’s 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
The 2011 U.S. Open champ must really like Nike’s Lightweight Innovation Color polo. He wore it all four days at the Masters and will sport it again in the second and final rounds at the U.S. Open in fresh colorways for summer. He’ll mix in the Innovation Dri-FIT Knit Cool polo for the first and third rounds. McIlroy will pair each polo with the Modern Tech Pant, Innovation Woven Cover-up, Tour Mesh Cap, Sleek Modern Plaque belt and Nike Lunar Control footwear.
GolfThreads Favorite Piece: Modern Tech Pant in Legion Red (Thursday)
Russell Henley’s 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
Henley will sport a range of stripes and solids, including: the Lightweight Innovation Cool polo; Key Bold Heather Stripe polo; Embossed polo; and the Nike Ultra Stripe Polo 2.0. He’ll finish each look with the Flat Front Tech pant, Nike Golf Plaid Pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Tall Tour Visor and Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II Belt, and lace up in Nike Lunar Control footwear.
GolfThreads Favorite Piece: Flat Front Tech Pants in Light Crimson (Thursday)
Francesco Molinari 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
Molinari will stay cool in the lightweight Ultra Polo 2.0 polo on Friday and Sunday, featuring cool-to-touch fabric – composed of a polyester and spandex Dri-FIT jersey blend — and full range-of-motion construction built to move with his body through the swing. He’ll also sport the Innovation CB Pocket polo, Key Stretch Stripe polo, Flat Front Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Tour Mesh Cap, Nike Reversible Belt and TW’ 14 footwear.
GolfThreads Favorite Look: Ultra Polo 2.0 in Military Blue and the Flat Front Tech Pant in White (Friday)
Charl Schwartzel 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
Over the years we’ve seen a lot of basic black, white and grays from Charl Schwartzel. Lately, though, the 2011 Masters champion has pumped up the volume with bold colors and this will continue at Pinehurst, especially for Sunday’s round. Look for Schwartzel to sport the Swing Movement polo; Sport Chest Pocket polo; and Sport Pile Stripe polo. His Sunday shirt, the Sport Color Block polo, is constructed with 100-percent lightweight Dri-FIT jersey material to move with him through the swing. He’ll round out his arsenal with the Modern Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Tour Mesh cap, Nike Reversible belt and the sporty FI Impact footwear.
GolfThreads Favorite Look: Sport Pile Stripe Polo (Military Blue), Modern Tech Pant (white) and the Reversible Belt (Military Blue)
Nick Watney 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
Watney will suit up in the Innovation Embossed polo on Friday, featuring a 100-percent Dri-FIT mesh back for breathability, in addition to the Ultra Polo 2.0; Key Iconic Polo 2.0 polo, and Embossed polo. Watney will pair each polo with the Flat Front Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Flat Bill Tour cap, Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II belt and Nike Lunar Control footwear.
GolfThreads Favorite Look: Embossed Polo (Military Blue), Flat Front Tech Pant (White) and the Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II Belt (white)
Paul Casey 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
Oliver Fischer 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
Seung Yul Noh 2014 U.S. Open Apparel Script
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