A style recap of Day 1 at The Players Championship where the themes of the day were birdies, shoes and joggers.
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
Rickie and Puma were determined to make a statement, and they did just that with pink and yellow Tricks shoes, a neon script on the belt buckle and a day-glow bill on the hat. In the most uncomfortable moment of the day, David Feherty said he wanted to lick Rickie’s kicks (#awkward).😮😜😱 I don’t exactly know what that means, nor do I want to. What I do know is no one other than Rickie can pull these shoes off.
Rory McIlroy (Nike Golf)
Rory missed that epic spring break trip with Rickie and the boys, and it is clear that he spent the time getting outfitted for new shoes and joggers. Sure, the Nike Air Max 90 IT shoes created a buzz on the Interwebs, but they looked a bit clunky to me. He also proved that Rickie owns the jogger look. Rory’s were a bit too baggy below the knee compared to the trim and tapered fit of Rickie’s. It is time to institute a local joggers rule – if your name isn’t Rickie Fowler, you are assessed a one shot penalty for wearing them. Go back to the Lunar Controls and slim-fit pants, Rors.
Henrik Stenson (Hugo Boss), Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer (Hugo Boss)
I sure hope Henrik Stenson is giving Phil and Martin directions to his tailor. It is amazing how well Kaymer’s shirts fit and how poorly his pants are cut. Plus, those soccer shoes just don’t go with the Hugo Boss vibe. Phil’s trouser game isn’t much better. Those pant legs are as wide as an L.A. freeway.
Billy Horschel (RLX Ralph Lauren)
Horschel on point, again. Enough said.
Danny Willett (Callaway Europe Apparel) and Justin Rose (Ashworth)
Why does tailoring matter? Check out this shot of Willett and Rose. Willett’s shorter, narrower sleeves and slim, well-tailored pants create a much cleaner and more modern look.
Jordan Spieth (Under Armour)
Spieth’s looks have felt stale and recycled so far this year, but today he proved why a couple of small changes can go a long way. The steel blue trousers were a fresh departure from his normal grey, white or navy selections. The modern tipping on the polo played into his classic style and was a nice change of pace from his typical stripes.
Sergio Garcia (Adidas Golf) and Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)
Who wore it best? We’re seeing a lot of this bright pink color this season, and Sergio and DJ both put their own twist on it. Props to both for going with tonal belts rather than white, and those white/pink/navy TOUR360 BOOSTs are sick. I give the edge to Sergio here, though. Everything looks better with navy these days. My only question is, weren’t they supposed to save the pink shirts for Sunday’s Pink-Out?
Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren & FootJoy)
Saddle shoes – don’t call it a comeback!
Adam Scott (Uniqlo & Oakley) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Oakley)
When the lenses of your sunglasses match your shirt. 😎
Graeme McDowell (G-Mac by Kartel)
McDowell always looks dapper. Here is another classic, yet modern set up.