Day 1 at the U.S. Open was all about Rickie, the fescue, and good ol’ red, white, and blue. Who showed up with major fashion game? Who came up lame? GolfThreads contributor Ian Galbraith breaks down the best and worst looks from the first round at Erin Hills.


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Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
The first round leader looked sharp in his attire. The colorful shirt and blue pants made for a great pairing and I really liked the subtle pattern of the stripes. Plus, if you shoot 7-under in the U.S. Open, you get a pass on the white belt. It was a great start for Rickie. Can he continue this hot trend with his outfits and play?

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Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)
DJ looked on point in his Adidas gear. The pops of red took his blue monochromatic look to another level. Once again, the world number one was well tailored.

Billy Horschel (RLX Ralph Lauren)
Billy’s engineered stripe polo is part of Ralph Lauren’s U.S. Open Collection. Unlike the typical RLX shirts worn by Horschel, this one features a unique patch commemorating the event and the host course. Billy always seems to nail the details and the black belt created a smooth extension of the shirt.

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Danny Willett (Descente)
I love the funky geometric design on Willett’s shirt. We haven’t seen this level of funk on the fairways since the early days of J.Lindeberg. More of this, please.

Brooks Koepka (Nike Golf)
I like the color of these blue pants, the fit is on point, and they pair well with a crisp white shirt and hat. If you are looking for a dark blue pair of pants with more personality than the typical navy blue, check out this Deep Night hue from Nike.

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Sergio Garcia (Adidas Golf)
Like DJ, fellow Adidas brand ambassador Sergio Garcia stood out in this blue and gray shirt with strong hits of red.

Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren)
In our scripting preview, I talked about this engineered blocked stripe polo being the best of the week for JT and he used it to create one of the coolest looks of the opening round. The wide stripes on the polo combined with the white pants provided a bit of a nautical feel, which is perfect for a sunny mid-June afternoon.

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Paul Dunne (Peter Millar)
Red, white, and blue can be a dicey combo to pull off, but the Irishman executed it to perfection. The simple setup, rich colors, and tonal belt created a clean and sophisticated look from head to toe.

Graeme McDowell (G-Mac Apparel)
We saw plenty of blue-on-blue looks on Thursday, but Graeme McDowell’s kit was one of the best. I just can’t wrap my head around G-Mac wearing those Under Armour shoes, though.


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Kevin Na
Na hates the fescue. We hate popped collars. Nuff said.

Jon Rahm
The stripes on the Spaniard’s polo are about six inches too short. I like the colors, but not the lines.

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed looked sloppy as usual with fold marks in his shirt and the white belt isn’t doing him any favors. Plus, the American mud flaps on the back of his pants are totally over the top.

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Zach Johnson
Zach’s pants are too baggy and the v-notch hems scream 2010. The shirt isn’t much better. The multitude of logos turns a simple polo into a busy billboard and the dark red isn’t a great color for him, either.

Andrew “Beef” Johnson
Beef’s shirt is too tight and his pants are too large. The white belt cuts his body in half and draws your eyes to his tight shirt.

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Aaron Rai
Um, what is going on with Aaron’s look? His outfit is more appropriate for a late-night burglary than a round at Erin Hills. Who knows? Maybe he can steal the tourney from Rickie.

Hideto Tanihara
The all white look is just too much. He needs to add some color other than that weird black cargo pocket zipper on the thigh.

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Wesley Bryan
The only thing worse than a white belt is a white Taco Bell belt. You are a PGA Tour winner, Wesley. Make a run for the border and get yourself a proper belt. And, by ‘the border,’ we mean House of Fleming.

Mike Davis
Is it 1997 instead of 2017? The USGA’s Mike Davis thinks so. We know Ralph Lauren has better fitting clothes than this pair of wide legged khakis and boxy short-sleeved dress shirt. Btw, if it is 1997, my money is on Tom Lehman to win.


  1. I really like Danny Willett’s gear. I also like Justin Thomas’s outfit but it seems out of position for him. He is usually more subdued so it seems too loud on him.Once you create an apparel personality, its hard to step out of it and not look weird. I like Koepka matching his shoes to his pants. Great look.

  2. I found Danny Willett’s outfit distracting. Almost as if he had tape over the logo or something. I agree with Jim on Justin Thomas and was intrigued by his thinner than usual belt. Ian, your comments on Aaron Rai were hilarious. I had not seen him until I read the blog. Don’t even get me started on “Beef” Johnson…..

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