Day 1 at the PGA Championship: the players returned to pants, Ralph Lauren crushed it, and why wine isn’t just for the dinner table this fall. Greg breaks down the best and worst looks from Thursday at Quail Hollow.

See Also: 2017 PGA Championship Apparel Scripts


Fashion Dimes

Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren)

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If there was a fashion winner on Day 1 of the PGA Championship, it was Ralph Lauren. All of the RL guys looked on point (see below), and JT was the best of the bunch in this Santorini Foulard pattern shirt. Foulard’s date back to the 19th Century and have been most commonly used in neckties (remember those?). The small geometric pattern created a cool texture and elevated the entire look. Billy Horschel is scripted to wear the same pattern on a pair of trousers for Sunday’s final round. Of course, he needs to go low on Friday or he’ll be packing those pants in a suitcase and heading down the road.

Kelly Kraft (Polo Ralph Lauren)

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Diamonds are a golfer’s best friend, or at least they seem to work well for Kelly Kraft. I’m not sure what the inspiration is behind all of these Santorini prints from Ralph Lauren, but I’m starting to crave a gyro and an ice cold Mythos.

Shop Kelly Kraft’s Santorini Print Shorts.

Luke Donald (RLX Ralph Lauren)

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What do the best-dressed guys have in common with those who have the best short games? Imagination. Most of us would grab this shirt and match the contrasting placket and collar to a pair of navy pants. Donald, though, opted for a lighter shade of blue, which brought an unexpected twist to his look.

Shop Luke Donald’s RLX Yarn Dye Stripe Airflow Polo, and Cypress Shorts.

Peter Uihlein (FootJoy)

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Flat gray pants have been a popular choice the last few years, but the problem they present is that they can be, well, flat and boring. To counter this, pair them with a shirt that has an interesting print or pattern as Uihlein did with this small gingham print in a berry color. For best results, avoid bright red and white checks, unless you want your shirt to double as a picnic blanket or triple as a tablecloth at Joe’s Italian restaurant. Every town has a Joe’s, right?

Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)

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At this point, we wouldn’t expect anything different from DJ. He owns these athletic monochromatic looks and the heather gray color blocking at the shoulders feeds into the sporty nature of his rig.

Bud Cauley (Bonobos Golf)

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A slim polo with high, narrow sleeves and well-tailored trousers that just sweep the tops of the shoes. This is how your golf clothes should fit. You can’t go wrong with a killer pair of spectator shoes, either.

Shop Bud Cauley’s Bonobos Highland Pants.

Thorbjorn Olesen (Nike Golf)

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Pulling off a head-to-toe gray outfit is trickier than you would think. If the grays match, you look boring and washed out. For that reason, I always prefer to sync up a lighter and darker shade for a little contrast. Thorbjorn Olesen took that idea one step further by effectively using several shades of gray across his pants, belt, and shirt.

Shop Thorbjorn Olesen’s Nike Flex Pants.

Jhonattan Vegas (Nike Golf) & Phil Mickelson

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What are the trendy colors for fall? You’re looking at two of them. Expect to see these rich, saturated teals and wine colors all over the fairways this season.

Brandon Stone (Ping Apparel)

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A little color and great tailoring goes a long way. The fiery red tipping on the sleeves took Brandon Stone’s gray-on-black kit to another level.

Michael Phelps (Under Armour)

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Take note, golf fans. This is how you want to roll into the course as a spectator. Gear up with a pair of classic teardrop-shaped aviators, a great-fitting basic polo, slim-shorts with plenty of stretch, and a slouchy trucker hat. Make sure you are flashing your VIP credentials at all times, too.


Fashion Crimes

D.A. Points

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My feelings exactly, D.A. This is why you don’t go with the same shade of gray from head to toe. Not to mention, the wide-legged pants Jason Dufner Embed from Getty Images A bright multicolored stripe shirt is not your friend, Duf.

Bubba Watson

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We’re asking ourselves the same question, Bubba. Why can’t you find a shirt that fits?

Scott Hebert

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Some colors work well in monochromatic kits (see DJ, Olesen, and Cauley above), and other colors don’t. Sure, teal is one of the fashionable hues of the season, but it is too much when used in a head-to-toe ensemble. The only thing that could have made this look any worse would have been a white belt. Oh, wait.

Kevin Na

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When people say something is the bee’s knees, I don’t think this is what they had in mind. I applaud K-Na for taking some risks and offering up some fresh takes on camo patterns this year, but a yellow, gray, and black camo looks like a swarm of bumblebees in a blender.

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