Fashion Recap of the Genesis Open

I recall reading a few years back that Bubba Watson said he would consider retiring when he got his tenth career victory on Tour. Well, Bubba won for the tenth time on Tour this past weekend at Riviera Country Club. Despite my repeated criticism of his apparel choices and fits, I certainly hope he does not hang up the stylish G/FORE shoes.

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Bubba is a polarizing personality, without a doubt, but he is also one of the more recognizable and colorful golfers of his generation. His game is aggressive and creative, much like some of his fashion choices over the years. As much as I am not of fan of his style, I certainly respect that he has a style. A style all his own! It’s part of what makes him so darn entertaining.

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With that being said, boy does Bubba Watson wear some horrible, shapeless shirts. The geometric patterns he wore in Los Angeles reminded me of the screensavers on my old desktop in college. At least he has some shoe game.

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Speaking of sick kicks, it was all high-tops all the time for Bubba in L.A. He sported a soon-to-be-released high-top from G/FORE at Riviera (so fly like a G6 G4) and took the court in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in a pair of Lebron Soldier XIs. Tracy McGrady didn’t waste any time letting Bubba know that he doesn’t have LeBron’s hops, though.

Sweater Weather

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The big three looked dynamite in their layers; especially Justin Thomas in his Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater. Veteran style move to have their shirt collars tucked in. Always a much cleaner look.

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Justin continues to bring his “A” game week in and week out. His look on Friday was my favorite of the tournament. I love how he makes such a simple outfit look exceptional with his belt and shoes. JT gets my early season vote for best dressed!

Dilly Dilly, Derek: This Buds For You.

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Justin might have had my favorite look of the weekend, but Derek Fathauer gets the nod for the best belt. Fantastic! So many great belts out there and I was stoked to see Fathauer wear some needlepoint belts from Smathers & Branson. A great look that any guy can pull off. Adds a preppy flair and some personality to your outfit.

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Speaking of preppy, I am working on a review of Johnnie-O and their west coast prep which will be coming out next week. I’ll tease the review; it’s every bit as good as Aaron Baddeley’s hair (BTW, he is rocking the Johnnie-O Coastal Vest–we don’t see many fleece vests on the PGA Tour but I like it.)

Men In Black

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“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.” ― Johnny Cash

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We saw a lot of all black outfits at the Genesis Open. More so than usual. Most of it good. Rafa Cabrera-Bello wore it best, in my opinion. There is something about the color black that makes a guy look edgy and tough. Jordan Spieth gave it a go on Friday and consequently looked like a badass. Especially compared to his striped shirt on Saturday that had him looking more youthful.

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Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em

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Is it just me, or does Troy Merritt seem to wear the same kits over and over? The guy is a Tour player and he is outfitted by one of the most stylish brands, but we see the same looks time and again. He isn’t even picking the best pieces from Galvin Green’s collection. Might I suggest the Marlon with a subtle pin dot design or the Mayer with bold engineered stripes? Troy, call the GolfThreads hotline. Fifteen minutes and we’ll add some variety to that wardrobe.

Like A Boss

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It was good to see Adam Scott’s return. He looked terrific on Thursday. The button-down collar, webbed belt and Glen plaid patterned pants were a winning look. Just wish he would update his sunglasses.

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Phil also came in strong, especially with his beltless trousers. I am a big fan of the ‘Jumping Phil’ silhouette on his belt buckle (when he wears a belt, that is) and G/FORE shoes. Like a boss, indeed.

Cherry on Top

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Finally, I have been moderately obsessed with Jonas Blixt and his choice of headwear. This week we saw him wear a Massage Envy hat. Cannot wait to see what Jonas tops his dome with next week.

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Written by Michael Ruuska, Tour Editor

A hearty New Englander. Loves the Boston professional sports scene. Relatively new to the game of golf (never touched a golf club prior to the age of 30--currently 42). High handicap but determined to improve. OBSESSED with the style of golf as much as the sport itself. Guidance counselor to thousands of high school students over an almost 20-year career in public education. Adult beverage of choice is one of the many fantastic New England style IPA's. Health and fitness fanatic.

4 comments

  1. Mike, I like the change this week in the writeup. Focusing on some others and calling out the unique style. Very well done and such a fun read. Bubba wears the worst stuff and I used to love Rory’s Oakley script and still like Rafa’s too. Its like they have an ugly line for Bubba. Adam Scott looked fantastic and so clean, sharp with the pants and belt. To me, Spieth does not look good in all black. It works for most but he looks out of place and I can’t get past it. Its either his build and how the clothes lay or his skin tone (which it out of his control). he looks so much better in the blues and grays. The vests by Badds and JT were awesome and that Cable knit sweater by JT was the piece of the week. When are you going to do the article on belts? Can’t wait to see what you write next week!

  2. Jim, as always, thank you for reading and commenting. I look forward to your commentary. Rafa re-signed with FootJoy this year and I like his scripts better than the Oakley stuff. I liked Spieth in black. Thought it was a nice change. Sometimes he looks too youthful and I think he needs to develop a fashion “edge”. This was a step in the right direction. Still trying to figure out what I would do for an article on belts, but it will happen.

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