Adidas players go for the silver, Phil returns to the office, Stricker turns back the clock, and Charles Howell finally gets some props. GolfThreads looks back at the biggest fashion stories and best looks from Day 2 at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, & Sergio Garcia (Adidas)
All Adidas players sported white and silver kits and this wasn’t a coincidence. The Three-Stripes brand introduced its Special Edition Silver BOOST footwear and outfitted its players accordingly. Adidas first brought colored BOOST technology to the running shoe market in 2016 through its UltraBOOST Uncaged shoes. This special silver colorway is just the second time a colored BOOST has hit the fairways. The brand dropped a black version at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play back in March. For the complete story on the Silver BOOST, check out my PGA Tour Style Insider article.
Phil Mickelson (Mizzen+Main)
Phil was back with his Casual Friday look and it seemed somewhat appropriate. It was Friday after all and Phil isn’t working this weekend. (Ouch! Sorry, Phil. We still love ya.) Now that we’ve all had a day to digest Phil’s new ‘tradeshow’ look, the big question is, will dress shirts become a trend in the game of golf? The likelihood of dress shirts becoming a thing is about as likely as joggers and high-tops taking over the fairways. You can draw your own conclusion from that.
Nonetheless, this is a huge move by Mizzen+Main. Having one of the legends of the game wearing your button-downs in competition really showcases the comfort and performance of the brand’s shirts, which is what this is all about. Hey, if they are that comfortable on the course, then they have to be awesome in the office! I’m guessing M+M will sell a ton of shirts, but most guys won’t wear them on the course…and that’s okay.
Ollie Schniederjans (Matte Grey)
Ollie continues to make strong but quiet moves with modern takes on classic looks. Along the way, he’s proving that tailoring is the most important part of looking good on the course. The length of the sleeves is perfect. The fit through the body is slim but not tight. And, those pant legs sweep the tops of the shoes. Can someone get me the name of his tailor?
Daniel Berger (Lacoste)
Tiger popularized the red and black combo, but in reality, it is a tough pairing to pull off. Both are high contrast colors that can feel overly harsh when worn together. Instead, take a different approach by pairing red with a softer netural, like grey.
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
Rickie can dial up some fun colors and patterns but I still think some of his best looks are his most basic. On a day when all eyes were on Phil’s business attire and Tiger’s dizzying patterned shirt, Rickie’s black and grey kit was brilliant in its simplicity. The white shoes added a lighter feel for a warm day and the tonal Cobra logo on the cap helped to smooth out the look.
Steve Stricker (Bobby Jones)
Not often does a guy hit the age of 50 and actually improve his style. Such is the case with Steve Stricker. He ditched those over-sized polos, shapeless trousers, and conservative designs in favor of Bobby Jones’ hip and modern Rule 18 label. The result is more energetic colors, more interesting designs, and better fits. This guy looks 10 years younger and the only thing he did was change his clothes.
Charles Howell III (Dunning)
Charles Howell is one of those guys that flies under the fashion radar. Never flashy, the dude just effortlessly rolls out in classic looks with razor-sharp fits round after round. If you prefer to take an understated approach, grab his Dunning threads and copy his look. You can start with this minty green polo. It is the hot color for summer.
Kevin Streelman (Johnnie-O)
On a final note, every fashionable golfer should have a pair of pants/shorts in this bright steel blue color in his wardrobe this season. Extra points for matching the logo on your shirt to the pants.