Fashion Recap of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

“It means a lot. You know, the last time I won a PGA Tour event was the day Mr. Palmer passed away, so it’s a little bit ironic that I come here and win. He set a great example for all of us players to try and follow in his footsteps. If everyone on Tour could handle themselves the way Arnie did, the game of golf would be in a better place. … To be able to win his event, I wish I walked up that hill and got a handshake from him but I’m so happy to have my name on that trophy.” – Rory McIlroy

The game is infinitely more exciting with the likes of Tiger and Rory in contention, especially with the Masters only two weeks away. We’ve had an impressive stable of winners so far in 2018 including Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson and now Rory McIlroy. I am predicting and hoping Jordan Spieth claims a victory in his home state of Texas this weekend. Oh man, Augusta is going to be fun……

Kicking It Off

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It seems wrong to kick things off with anything except Rickie and his Arnold Palmer themed kicks. Fun, flashy, respectfully-fashionable AND they support a great cause (by making a donation to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation you could win the only other pair). Hope you entered the raffle.

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Just like you and me, Rickie puts his white pants on one leg at a time…..ALL FOUR DAYS! That is quite a commitment to white trousers, but whatever, he’s Rickie Fowler. I was a big fan of Sunday’s Puma Geo Golf Polo in Vibrant Orange. A terrific polo for that spring round or even Easter dinner. Love the texture of this shirt.

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Other than Rickie’s shoes, Charley Hoffman’s Umbrella belt buckle from Druh Belts was my favorite Arnold Palmer tribute item. What a great accessory!

Blind Melon

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Bryson DeChambeau gave chase to Rory down the stretch and made things exciting. His eagle out of the rough on No. 16, which brought him to within one shot of the lead, was fantastic. Alas, it wasn’t enough but we did see some excellent golf from Bryson in his second year on tour. What we did not see from Bryson were solid fashion choices. Especially his white socks with black shoes and pants. I am not a fan of yellow and black combinations, to begin with, but pairing it with white socks? Fugetaboutit!

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Hideki Matsuyama?! Not sure if I should commend you for your attention to detail (even his hat and glasses have yellow and black detailing!) or blast you for such a hideous outfit. All I can think of is the cute little tap-dancing girl in the Bumble Bee outfit on the 1992 Blind Melon album. Ahh, that makes me think of my time at UMASS. Now those were the days…..

Twinning

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Classic looks are “classic” for a reason. They are timeless and pretty much anyone can pull them off. Patton Kizzire and Ryan Moore looked fantastic (and eerily similar, eh?). Well tailored khakis and a blue pullover are a can’t-miss-look wherever you go (the Galvin Green Dex Insula Half-Zip or Columbia Omni Heat Regulation are they type of pullovers all guys should have in their closets).

Pumping Up with Hanz & Franz (or Jason & Tiger)

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These guys don’t skip chest day at the gym. Clearly. Tiger (and everyone else) should take note of how Jason Day wears his polos (especially the sleeves). Even if you don’t have the physique of these two world-class athletes…

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Speaking of J-Day. He was rocking some new shoes, the Nike Tour Premiere, due out in July. I am excited to see these in person!

Mea Culpa, Bubba

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Bubba Watson looked surprisingly good, by Bubba’s standards, that is. There, I said it. I continue to admire his G/FORE shoe game. Watson’s Jeff Spicoli inspired golf shoes were totally rad. Now if he would just commit to a slimmer fitting polo.

Ollie & Bud

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Ollie Schniederjans and Bud Cauley are two of the better-dressed under-30 guy’s on tour. I particularly like the Matte Grey polo that Ollie wore on Sunday. And Bud’s Bonobos Clubhouse Stretch belt paired with the FootJoy five-pocket pants is an awesome look.

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However, the youngsters can’t compete with these two guys. Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson look great, week after week. These guys have the type of style The King would approve of…

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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.

2 comments

  1. Rickie looked great all week honoring the king. Hideki and Bryson just don’t wear clothes well. No matter what they wear, it seems to not look sharp. Did you see Jday with those new Back To the Future looking shoes?

  2. Jim, I did notice JDay’s shoes. Those are the Nike Premier that will be released in July. At first glance I was very intrigued. As I have seen other pictures of them, I am not a fan. At all. Thanks for reading.

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