Who was on point? Who was off course? GolfThreads breaks down the best and the worst of style from Day 1 at the Open Championship (British Open).

Fashion Dimes

Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)
Many players wore grey, but none did it as well as Dustin Johnson. I’m still not tired of seeing DJ in these monochromatic looks.

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Billy Horschel (RLX Ralph Lauren)
I’m not a big fan of brown, but I’m diggin’ these herringbone trousers. The subtle pattern adds a bit of texture and a ton of sophistication to Horschel’s look. Pairing the navy with brown was a smart choice, too.

David Lingmerth (J.Lindeberg Golf)
When I first saw David Lingmerth’s script, I knew this bright blue shirt/navy blue pants combo was going to be one of my favorites. What really took it to another level, though, was the subtle pop of bright green on the belt strap – a very chic addition of a third color.

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Matt Every (Callaway Golf)
With so many players wearing grey, I have to give props to Matt Every for injecting a bit of color into round one with the bright blue trousers. Well played, Matt.

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Luke Donald (RLX Ralph Lauren)
Another strong, well-balanced color statement. Navy collar and matching sweater create a very clean and seamless look.

Raphael Jacquelin (Lacoste)
Wearing a cardigan at St. Andrews will probably get your name on this list. Wearing one with a mélange weave and a perfect fit guarantees it.

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Morgan Hoffmann (Greyson)
Modern elegance and sophistication from Morgan Hoffmann. Classic pin stripes, contemporary fits, functional fabrics, a tonal belt and an energetic pop of blue. On point, as always.

Marc Warren (Callaway)
Now this is how a golf sweater should fit.

Justin Leonard (Iliac golf)
Tartan accents on the collar and elbow patches are a stylish tip of the cap to Scotland and the Old Course.

Tom Watson (Polo Ralph Lauren & G/FORE)
Tom Watson still wears Polo as well as anyone. Can’t help but think that the blue sweater and G/FORE glove is a tribute to the Scottish fans.

Fashion Crimes

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Sir Nick Faldo
I hate to pick on anyone who has been knighted, but this plum-colored sweater vest seems out of place when paired with grey and black. Not to mention, the arms look busy with the stripes on the baselayer and the color blocking on the sleeves of the polo.

Matteo Manassero
I like the bold stripes on the polo, but the white trousers feel too tropical for St. Andrews. Plus, there is a fashion rule that you never layer short over long. It is difficult to believe that the folks at Ralph Lauren would have scripted this baselayer for Matteo instead of a sweater or pullover.

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Sergio Garcia
Waaaaay too much camo here, Sergio. Adidas has some great outerwear pieces. Sergio even wore them during the practice rounds. It would have been great to see those, rather than a camo baselayer.

Eddie Pepperell
I’m all for a little texture, but not when the end result is looking like a turtle.

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Robert Streb
Can someone get Robert Streb some rain pants that fit? He is a professional golfer after all.

Friends of Ollie
Oliver Schniederjans dresses better than his mates. That’s a fact!

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Marcel Siem
Knowing your environment and setting is a secret to sartorial success. The white pants, oatmeal sweater and muted polo looked washed out against the grey skies and buildings.

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Bernd Wiesberger
I know it is a bit chilly, but this is ridiculous, Bernd. Grab a beanie and keep the buff around your neck like Kaymer did at the Match Play Championships a few years ago.

Bubba Watson
Bubba is my white belt victim of the day. A tonal grey strap would have created a cleaner and more seamless look. Again, the short over long layering isn’t doing him any sartorial favors, either.


  1. Totally wrong on Manassero buddy. That look works nicely and gives a nice athletic fit through the arms. I feel bad for your golf fashion on the course if you can’t see it.

    1. Fair enough. We’ll agree to disagree. I think both of us can agree that Matteo is on point 99% of the time. If you dress as well as Matteo, then you are probably one of the best dressed guys on the course.

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