BMW Championship Fashion Recap: Crushing It In Chicago

Three FedEx Cup playoff events are in the books and we have had three different winners. After faltering down the stretch two weeks ago, Mark Leishman redeemed himself at the BMW Championship. The wire-to-wire victory was one of the feel-good stories of the year and earned him one of the sexiest trophies on Tour.

With only one event to go in the season, the race for the 2017 FedEx Cup is down to the final 30 players. Who will win it all? Our heads say Speith and our fashion sensibilities say Justin Thomas.

After breaking down the style of the thirtysomethings at The Northern Trust and then examining the fashion choices of the millennials at the Dell Technologies Championship, GolfThreads contributor Ian Galbraith takes a look at our favorite outfits from Conway Farms.

Jason Day (Nike Golf)

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In a sea of whites, blues, and greys this week, I liked how Day opted for something different. The Nike Flex Pants in this dark khaki color reminded me of a pair of Carhart work pants. Fitting, since he was in grind mode in order to extend his season. It was a nice change of pace for Day and a refreshing take on those staid khakis that your dad used to wear.

Cameron Smith (Under Armour)

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Props to Cameron Smith. The young Aussie is quietly becoming one of the top players in the world and he looked sharp all week. My favorite setup was Saturday’s bright red polo and blue trousers. The pop of color was fun and added a good contrast to the always-dependable blue pants. Use Smith as a template for your next round. Anchor your outfit with a solid colored pant, and then pair it with a colorful polo.

Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)

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Rickie looked sharp all four rounds and this tipped polo combined sporty and classic styles. Puma has definitely streamlined their cuts this season and it has enabled one of the best dressed players to take his style game to the next level. Not to mention, this fiery coral is a great color for transitioning from summer to fall. If you need inspiration for autumn kits, just look at what Rickie is wearing–well, except for that white belt.

Kevin Na (WAAC Golf)

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It was good to see Kevin Na back to wearing fun polos. Over the past couple of weeks, I was worried he had lost his spunk. This weekend, follow his lead. Throw your playing partners a curveball by wearing something nobody expects. Na is a sartorial risk-taker. Sometimes he nails it and other times his apparel selections are epic fails. For that reason, I’m sorry to see his season come to an end. The Tour Championship will be a little less exciting without his unpredictable outfits to keep us entertained.

Wesley Bryan (Skechers)

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Bryan is always known for being colorful and he lived up to the hype with his Thursday outfit. You have to give any golfer props for wearing a bright turquoise polo with pink pants and a matching turquoise belt. In a tournament of mostly blah outfits, Bryan definitely spiced things up. If you decide to wear a similar getup, make sure you can drive for show and putt for dough as well as Bryan does.

Daniel Berger (Lacoste)

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Daniel Berger is consistently one of the best dressed players on Tour. His looks are clean and crisp with splashes of color and creativity sprinkled in. When most of the young guns are going with sporty looks, Berger is taking a similar approach to Justin Thomas by favoring a more classic style. The slim cut navy blue pants on Thursday were perfectly tailored and nicely complemented by the orange polo and crisp white FootJoy shoes.

Mackenzie Hughes (PING Apparel)

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Red was a popular color this week and Hughes stood out from the crowd by sporting this two-tone color blocked polo on Thursday. Paired with a crisp pair of white pants the Canadian kicked off the BMW Championship in style.


  1. Typically critical of Nike, I have to give them credit; Brooks, Rory and Jason looked fantastic in the final round! I thought that Day in particular made the collarless shirt look much better with the buttons undone on Sunday (if you are going for a more casual look, go all in). Ian, I agree that the the Nike Flex pants in dark khaki were a welcome change of pace (and paired well with the belt and navy polo). Rickie and Puma continue to evolve and bring it every tournament (minus the penchant for white belts).

  2. I did like Jday’s change with the pants and it was very sharp to have a belt the exact same color. That coral/salmon/bright red shirt is very trendy right now and really looks good. Golfthreads, what do you like better, pairing your hat to your shirt, pants or shoes?

    1. Jim,
      Good question. I don’t have strict rules for matching your hat. It is an accessory, so it should complement the rest of your look. The default would be to match it to your shoes. That typically frames or bookends the outfit nicely. Nothing wrong with going outside the box with a non-matching, but complementary color.

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