U.S. Open Fashion Dimes & Crimes: Day 1

Fashion Recap of U.S. Open Day 1

Justin Thomas’ grasshopper pants, Jason Dufner’s vintage visor, Jordan Spieth’s wrinkles, and Rory McIlroy’s fescue look. Who showed up with major fashion game? Who came up lame? GolfThreads breaks down the best and worst looks from the first round of the U.S. Open.

See Also: 2018 U.S. Open Apparel Scripts

Fashion Dimes

Justin Thomas (Polo Ralph Lauren)

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Hip hop. All-over prints are one of the biggest trends on the fairways. They become even better if you work in an off-beat critter. It was a brutal day for scoring, but JT added a bit fun to the proceedings with this whimsical grasshopper print.

Hats of Fire

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Props to the players and brands who broke out some dope hats for the first round. Rickie Fowler and Rafa Cabrera-Bello stepped out in old-school tri-colored ballcaps from Puma and Titleist respectively. Jason Dufner took the vintage vibe a step further with this retro FootJoy high crown visor.

Trey Mullinax (Vineyard Vines)

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I’m usually not down with landscapes and cityscapes on clothing. It brings back bad nightmares of Woody Austin’s Tabasco shirts in the ‘90s. That being said, I liked how Vineyard Vines integrated the New York City skyline into the chest stripe on Trey Mullinax’s shirt. It had a touch of elegance and class to it without being over the top. The red, white, and blue canvas belt was the perfect complement.

Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)

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DJ was back to doing DJ things again with this simple yet stylish setup. The tonal rugby stripes were understated (like his personality) and at the same time bold (like his game). The hint of red on the inner placket brought a touch of color to his look, while the exotic skin belt added some luxurious texture.

Justin Rose (Adidas Adipure)

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‘Tailored’ is the new ‘slim’ and when it comes to well-tailored looks, Justin Rose is one of the best in the biz. His modern, yet not tight, fits are cut perfectly. Plus, this dual-tone blue combo was one of the best of the day.

Matt Parziale (FootJoy)

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Shoutout to amateur Matt Parziale for having good taste in belts. Many players would have defaulted to the unsightly white belt, but instead, he opted for this on-trend grey braided strap. In the process, he showed why the versatility of a grey belt makes it a must-have this summer.

Calum Hill (Ping Apparel)

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Calum Hill was sporting one of my favorite shirts of the season. The Harvey Polo from Ping has a cool space dye effect giving it a light texture. You’ll swear the peach performance fabric is cotton, but it isn’t. The concealed button-down collar keeps everything neat.

Satoshi Kodaira

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This is such a great polo. The ribbed sleeve hems offer a fashionable look and the fit is completely on point. This is a polo that could travel from the course to the street without missing a beat. Satoshi looked like the coolest dude out there.

Thorbjorn Olesen (Nike); Danny Willett (Descente)

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Orange is the new black and it is the color of Summer 2018. Instead of going full ‘Rickie Fowler’ with it, guys like Thorbjorn Olesen and Danny Willett are using it effectively as accents. Orange is one of those colors where less is more.

Fashion Crimes

Beef Johnston

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Love the hat; hate the execution. The flat bill era is over. Now is the time to bend it like Beckham. If you want to know the perfect amount of curve to put in your lid, check out DJ and Rickie.

Tiger Woods

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Speaking of an era that needs to end, it’s about time to put the blade collars golf henleys to bed. This would have been a sharp-looking shirt if it had a collar.

Jordan Spieth

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Spieth’s first triple bogey of the day didn’t happen at the 11th hole. It came when he rolled out in a shirt with more wrinkles than a nursing home. Can someone buy this guy a travel steamer?

Hideki Matsuyama

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White and black shoes don’t work with this outfit. The white belt doesn’t work with any outfit. Add to it a billowy shirt that looks like the new U.S. National Soccer Team jerseys and Hideki is getting another fashion citation.

Rory McIlroy

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White and light bone is a tough combo to pull off. It often results in a washed out look. Such was the case for Rory. He looked like the tallest blade of fescue on the course.


  1. JT’s pants were so sharp, fun and new. I loved Rafa’s hat and Trey’s Belt, very cool accessories. DJ’s horizontal stripes were more diminished than in his script which made it even better. Just a light pattern to add pop to a white shirt. You couldn’t be more correct regarding Parziale. Fun kit. At what point is Hideki just trying to look bad on purpose?

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