The PGA Tour and the European Tour both landed in sunny and sandy deserts last week. Four of the top six players teed it up in Abu Dhabi (not exactly Europe), while Palm Springs hosted the PGA Tour at the Career Builder Challenge. Who was dapper in the desert? Who was a downer? GolfThreads weighs in on everything from shorts and wayfarers to high-tops and air ties.
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
While our crack research team is still trying to verify this (not really), it is safe to say that Rickie Fowler is the first player to win a European Tour event while wearing high-tops and joggers. For those of you who were thinking this was a one-time deal at Kapalua, guess again. This is a bona fide thing now for Rickie, and it is well on its way to becoming a new ‘signature look.’
Ian Poulter (IJP Design)
As if the golf fashion world hasn’t been turned upside down enough with Rickie’s high-tops and joggers, the European Tour is now allowing players to catch some UV rays on their pasty chicken sticks during practice rounds. That’s right, pros can now rock shorts just like those 18-handicapers at the local muni. While opinions are all over the place on this development, it had Ian Poulter jumping for joy. BTW, GolfThreads already weighed in on this issue in 2013 → The Long & The Shorts of It: Ashworth Golf’s Pants Petition.
Kevin Na (Elord)
Kevin Na has kicked off 2016 with a new look – visor, wayfarer-style shades and a shorter ‘do. Props to Kevin for shaking it up, but the eye-bending print, white belt and popped collar equal three strikes. You’re out!
The James Bond of golf is crushing it on and off the course these days. Davis Love III and Ralph Lauren – you’ve been put on notice for the Ryder Cup. You can bet DC will have the European lads looking sharp. What will your response be?
Jordan Spieth (Under Armour)
It was another ho-hum fashion week for Jordan Spieth – blue, grey, green, blah, blah, blah, with an emphasis on blah. The only style nugget of note from the World No. 1, was another sweet-looking braided belt.
Yup, we’re diggin’ the Hogan-style cap, too, Bryson. Can’t wait to see which apparel brand inks this guy to a deal once he turns pro after the Masters.
Ollie Schneiderjans (Matte Grey) & Robert Rock (Wolsey)
Then again, if your hair looks as good as Ollie Schneiderjans’ and Robert Rock’s, why wear a hat at all? Both looked smooth and effortless.
Rory McIlroy (Nike Golf)
We’ve seen several Nike
players athletes wearing this new polo from the Swoosh’s spring collection so far in 2016, and Rory was the latest to slip it on. In fact, he liked it so much he opted for it in three of the four rounds in different colorways. We love the modern techy look of this polo. It is definitely one to add to your list for the upcoming season.
Thongchai Jaidee (Oakley)
Shout out to Twitter follower @ for calling attention to Thongchai Jaidee’s tonal camo pants. While we both give the trousers a thumbs up, pairing them with a striped shirt made the whole look difficult to digest. Again, it is always best to pair a print with a solid.
Tyrrell Hatton (J.Lindeberg Golf)
We’re suckers for a sweet J.Lindeberg kit, and Tyrrell Hatton’s red, white and blue setup was on point. That red belt was a smart choice, and the polo is a great example of how JL is blending clean, modern and athletic looks to perfection.
David Lingmerth (Maide Golf)
Props to Twitter follower @ for pointing out David Lingmerth’s sudden move to Maide Golf. This partnership is apparently so new that Lingmerth didn’t get a chance to bring these pants to the tailor for a little nip and tuck at the bottom. DL has always had a great sense of style and Maide Golf (by Bonobos) knows a thing or two about pants, so we are sure he will get this straightened out.
Sam Saunders (TravisMathew)
When executed well, small details go a long way. Sam Saunders’ braided blue-on-blue belt is a great example of this as it elevates the entire look of the outfit, and it manages to be eye-catching without being loud.
David Horsey (Callaway Golf)
David Horsey is the latest Callaway player to bring some killer style to the course. Look at the fit of the polo and trousers! It is perfect. Simple and effortless goes a long way when the tailoring is on point.