Brian Gay’s tux trousers, Ernie Els’ shawl collar, layering inspiration from dapper diaper dandies, and more. Tour Editor Michael Ruuska turns up the heat with this week’s fashion recap of the RSM Classic.


Brian Gay (G/FORE) & Zach Johnson (Kjus)

At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree makes all the difference. Enter Zach Johnson and Brian Gay (Brian’s second consecutive week featured on TWIGF). These guys get my 212 Award for Most Improved as a result of the extra effort they have put into their style lately.

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Brian Gay’s switch to G/FORE has been transformative, to the point that he might get some votes for the GolfThreads year-end Best Dressed list! Sunday’s kit: Skull & T’s Embroidered Polo, Tux Trouser, and the Croc Pintuck Gallivanters was the most eye-catching outfit I have seen in a while. We need more of this on the PGA Tour. Thank you, Brian, and thank you, G/FORE.

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Zach Johnson continues to impress me with the KJUS apparel. He has come a long way from the Oakley days. The long sleeve Soren Polo he wore on Saturday was a great choice for November golf. Sunday he wore the KJUS Ike Warm Pant which is lined with brushed fleece for warmth. The problem with many lined slacks is the bulkiness. Not the Ike. These may be the perfect winter golf pants. Notice how well his shoes, pants, and belt create a seamless transition to his classic navy polo. So smooth! This is the extra one degree I was talking about….

Nick Watney (?)

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The beat writers used to ask Ted Williams why he never wore a tie, and his response was, “If you can hit .400, you don’t have to wear a tie.” Essentially saying, ‘I do whatever the hell I want to do’. Well, fellow Golden State native, Nick Watney apparently wears whatever the hell he wants to wear. In the past three months, I have seen him in Nike, RLX Ralph Lauren, and now Criquet (topped with a fresh Fresno State lid). Nick, if you want my opinion, stick with Criquet. Those guys in Austin put out the best classic looking polos on the market!

Ernie Els (Linksoul)

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Leave it to 49-years young, Ernie Els to show up in a shawl neck pullover that looks like the offspring of a hoodie and high neck infantry sweater. The Big Easy is big-time stylin’.

Dapper Diaper Dandies

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Two of GolfThreads’ Dapper Diaper Dandies, Joey Garber and Adam Svensson,showed up on Thursday wearing the Puma PWRWARM Dassler Golf Vest. This vest features Primaloft Gold Insulation, which boasts the ultimate in warmth-to-weight thermal efficiency with an environmental conscience (made from 55% post-consumer recycled content). Another example of Puma going the extra mile to make a difference, and as a result earning themselves a 212 Award.

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. Zach Johnson continues to get better. Clearly Kjus knows how to outfit players better than Oakley. Charl has been in Kjus as well I think.

    1. Jim, Charl Schwartzel did wear KJUS but switched to Michael Kors for The Masters this past April. Charl always looked great in KJUS and he has carried that forward with the Michael Kors apparel.

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