U.S. Open Fashion Dimes & Crimes: Day 2

Day 2 at the U.S. Open saw the Big 3 slamming their trunks, a host of non-major winners in contention, and a parade of white belts. Who showed up with major fashion game? Who came up lame? GolfThreads breaks down the best and worst looks from the second round at Erin Hills.

See Also: U.S. Open Fashion Dimes & Crimes: Day 1

Fashion Dimes

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Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
All Eyez on Me. 2Pac’s ‘All Eyez on Me’ flick is hitting theaters this weekend, but in the golf world, all eyes seem to be on Rickie and his new bae. Although Fowler is known for amping up his looks with caffeinated colors and aggressive prints, his best kits are these simple ones with subtle textures. Why? On point tailoring takes even the most basic looks from ordinary to extraordinary.

Shop Rickie’s Body Map Jacquard Polo and Tailored Tech Pant.

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Henrik Stenson (Hugo Boss)
As a Duke basketball fan, I refuse to refer to this color as Carolina Blue. Nonetheless, we have seen plenty of these sky-blue-navy-blue outfits this week. Yesterday we saw Graeme McDowell put an athletic spin on the combo with contrast sleeves. Today, Stenson put a classic, yet modern twist on it with contrast tipping on the placket and collar. The keys to pulling off this look are to match your belt to your trousers and to have enough contrast between the top and bottom.

Shop Henrik’s Paddy Pro 2 Polo and Hakan 9 Trousers.

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Oliver Bekker (Levelwear)
I’m headed to the tailor on Saturday to get a few pairs of pants hemmed and I’m bringing this picture of Oliver Bekker’s trousers with me. I love the taper and the short break. I hope mine turn out this well.

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Brooks Koepka (Nike Golf) & Bud Cauley (Bonobos Golf)
Oliver Bekker showed us how pants should be tailored and Brooks Koepka and Bud Cauley showed us how a golf polo should fit. Of course, you may want to work in a few extra sets of curls for best results.

Shop Bud Cauley’s Flat Iron Polo and Lightweight Slim Fit Highland Pants.

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Stewart Cink
It’s Father’s Day weekend and Stewart Cink gave all of the over 40 dads out there a bit of fashion inspiration. Cink proved that slim fitting trousers with a nice taper and a short break aren’t just for the twenty-somethings.

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Yuta Ikeda
Okay, the red shoes are a little over the top and a bit Wizard of Oz-ish, but the print on the pants adds an interesting texture to Ikeda’s red, white and blue ensemble.

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John McLaren (Jordan Brand & Stance)
At GolfThreads, we’re not afraid of dropping a dime or two on the hard-working loopers out there. Paul Casey’s caddie, John McLaren, stepped out in these fresh Air Jordans and complementary Jimmy Butler Stance socks. The only things that could have made McLaren’s footwear game better would have been some J’s in Warriors colors and a pair of Klay Thompson socks. Ooooh, I can feel the hate coming my way, especially from the Land.

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Thomas Pieters (Nike Golf)
With what seems like half the field wearing the Swoosh these days, it is difficult for the brand’s athletes to create a unique look. Thomas Pieters, though, has separated himself from the Beaverton crowd thanks to well-proportioned looks from head to toe. If you are tall, thin, and athletic, Pieters is your guy to copy.

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Sergio Garcia (Adidas Golf)
We’ve thrown plenty of fashion shade on Sergio over the years, but we need to give credit where credit is due. In fact, dropping a dime on Sergio two days in a row must be some sort of GolfThreads record. The tonal camo pattern brought an understated edge to his look while the red belt synced up perfectly with the red accents on the shirt.

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Si Woo Kim (TravisMathew)
I’ve never been a fan of bright reds, so when I see a softer, more muted tone, I’m all in. The heathered fabric and blue and white chest stripes on Kim’s TravisMathew polo offer a more subtle approach to the red, white, and blue theme we’ve seen for the week. SWK gets extra points for matching the belt to the shirt, too.

Darren Clarke
Clarke. Darren Clarke. DC is to golf what James Bond is to spies. Can we just give him the award for Best Dressed Analyst right now? The pinstripe suit, tidy knot and collar, and pocket square were brilliant.

Fashion Crimes

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Paul Casey
I can’t decide whether Paul Casey looks like a milkman gone wrong or a mental patient. After watching him post birdie-bogey-par-triple bogey-bogey-par-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie, I’m going with the latter.

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Patrick Reed
At this point, we’ve reserved Crimes spots in every edition of Dimes & Crimes for Patrick. Can someone please take the white belt away from this guy?

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Jordan Spieth
This will be Jordan Spieth’s worst look of the tournament and it is probably the worst look of his career. I’m not even sure the hat, shirt, and pants work together, but the addition of the white belt turns this kit into a hot mess. At least a gray belt would have helped everything to flow from top to bottom.

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Charl Schwartzel
Charl, this outfit had so much potential. You could have gone with a black, gray, or red belt and everything would have been fine. But, no, you had to break out the bro belt. SMH.

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Wesley Bryan
It is amazing how something as small as a belt can go so wrong. We get it. You like cheap rice, beans, and cheese in various formats. I like pizza, but I don’t make a belt out of it.

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Rory McIlroy
Tiebreaker time. Nike Chlorine Blue color is a cool hue for summer. I’m just not sure it needs to be on a pair of shoes. My wife is down with Rory’s swimming pool-colored kicks. Then again, she’s a swimmer. I think they are impractical for the weekend player. Drop a comment below and let me know whose side you’re on.


  1. Patrick Reed may be one of the worst dressed guys on tour. He always looks like a mix of all the McDonald’s characters blended together. Patrick Reed might as well follow Wesley Bryan’s lead and at least get a belt deal out of it.

    Not sure why more guys don’t wear polos with tighter and shorter sleeves. Almost everyone looks more muscular! Rickie could go with a slightly tighter fit….ahh forget it, he’s a freakin’ rock star and dating one of the hottest women on the planet. What a life…..

  2. I rarely, if ever, leave comments but I have to say your writing is witty, entertaining and on point. Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for reading and dropping a comment. I appreciate the kind words. It makes all the late nights worth it. Hope you will be inspired to leave more comments in the future. Enjoy the final round.


  3. I absolutely love the writeup. Casey looked bad but serg looked great bc he ditched the patterned belt. All the solids looked sharp. Spieth and Wesley did look bad. Keep up the great work

    1. Jim,

      Thanks, as always. Great observation on Sergio. I also think he tries to do too much, but on Friday, he kept it clean and simple. Less is more.


  4. Man, I really enjoyed this! I hate to say it, but today was the first time I followed the link to your Dimes and Crimes and ended up reading 10 editions.

    This is a perfect mix of golf and making fun of people: two of my favorite past times!

    I won’t miss it again! Very entertaining work! God bless you Bro!

    1. Hey Justin,

      Thanks for reading and dropping a comment. We like to keep it fun and light-hearted while also providing some style tips. Hope you will become a loyal reader and commenter.

      Until next time.


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