The Top 20 Fits of 2020

From modern hoodies and joggers to old-school neckties and cardigans, Tour Editor Michael Ruuska (virtually) travels the world of golf to bring you the swaggiest golf outfits of 2020.

20. Evan Harmeling

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Korn Ferry Tour player Evan Harmeling teed it up in an outfit that can best be described as ‘vintage thrift store chic’ during the third round of the Savannah Golf Championship. That mustard yellow digital print Nike polo can’t be from a collection within the last decade. But, wait. There’s more. After firing a 67 on Saturday to grab the lead, Harmeling rolled out in the exact same kit on Sunday…and won! Only in 2020.

19. Jamie Lovemark (TrendyGolf)

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Jamie Lovemark has worn all of my favorite brands this season: TravisMathew, G/FORE, Greyson, Linksoul, Ralph Lauren, and of course those sick Air Jordan XXXIV Low Heritage golf kicks. This TRENDYGOLF x Polo Golf Ralph Lauren shirt warms my heart with the Polo golf bear placed strategically on the left chest. Jamie creates an interesting juxtaposition with the teddy bear, J’s, and his scruff & wild hair flowing from the visor.

18. Tony Finau (Nike Golf)

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It’s not easy to pull off a belt that looks like a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Tony Finau pulled it off and we loved it.

17. Tyrrell Hatton (Adidas Golf)

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Tyrrell Hatton captured the BMW Championship, one of the premier events of the European Tour while wearing the Adidas Golf COLD.RDY Hoodie each round. This, of course, had everyone abuzz about the appropriateness of hoodies on the course, yadda, yadda, yadda. It has gotten to the point that the question, at least in our minds, is not whether you should wear a hoodie on the course, but rather, which ones you should be rockin’.

16. Tiger Woods (Nike Golf)

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Vintage Tiger with a pandemic-twist. Gaiters made their way to the course and were utilized as a face shield and a fashion accessory. Demand for this Blackout American Flag by SA Shields skyrocketed after Tiger wore it repeatedly during the PGA Championship at Harding Park.

15. Collin Morikawa (Adidas Golf)

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A winning look from Collin Morikawa at the PGA Championship. Fit is on point! His purple collar peeking out from under the grey crewneck is classic and timeless. I love the subtle three stripes down the sleeves of this sweater. The white trousers really made this top stand out and become the centerpiece of his kit. Brilliant.

14. Ian Poulter

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Ian Poulter proved that there is a time and a place for everything. Any other week, these green, yellow, and white gingham checked trousers would look like a picnic blanket gone bad. On the fairways of Augusta, they look right at home.

13. Ryo Ishikawa (TravisMathew Japan)

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Ryo Ishikawa is one of the best-dressed cats in golf. It was great to see him back stateside at the PGA Championship. He was looking on-point in TravisMathew Japan. Chest stripes have been a signature design element for TM and these had a bit of a retro look to them. We also were a big fan of the micro-print on his cap, and the palm tree belt (not visible in this picture).

12. Rafa Cabrera Bello (FootJoy)

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Details, details, details. Leave it to this Spaniard to win the “patriotism” award at the U.S. Open.

11. Brian Gay (G/FORE)

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Brian Gay was slaying it in this G/FORE kit. The Flamingo accented LE Gallivanters put it over the top. I might kill for the Killer Carry Staff Bag with pink lettering. Have you ever seen a more badass bag?

10. Cameron Tringale (Greyson Clothiers & FootJoy)

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This is all about the sweater. The 100% cashmere GOAT Crewneck Sweater has a rich color and glorious design. Greyson is almost single-handedly bringing the golf sweater back to the game with a mix of daring and colorful patterns.

9. Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)

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Cardigans were Arnold Palmer’s favorite layering pieces and he made them look cool on the fairways. Rickie Fowler channeled his inner King and honored a true legend with this kit at Bay Hill.

8. Justin Rose (Bonobos)

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The dark and moody Bonobos Black Rosy polo sums up 2020. It is my favorite shirt of the year.

7. Sam Ryder (Greyson Clothiers & FootJoy)

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In a year when 34 million viewers watched The Tiger King in the span of ten days, the Greyson Tiger Fur polo gets an honorable mention for the shirt of the year. This isn’t an easy shirt to pull off. You have to own it. Sam Ryder owned it! Especially with the Montauk Trousers sans belt.

6. Danny Willett (Descente)

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The sharkskin pattern on these Descente trousers has a smooth but crisp texture and creates a two-tone lustrous appearance. They pair beautifully with the House of Fleming alligator belt. My love (and quest) for Descente polos is well documented. This is a classy and modern look that is taken to another level with the Puma Original G Golf Shoes. Danny’s DY-NO-MITE!

5. Billy Horschel (Ralph Lauren Golf & FootJoy)

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When I interviewed Billy Horschel last year he told me that the RLX Washable Cashmere Hoodie was one of his favorite pieces of apparel. What did I do with that information? Well, I bought one, of course. And I agree. It is fantastic. This camo version looks crisp and clean with his white slacks and simple gray patch cap.

4. Matt Wallace (J.Lindeberg & FootJoy)

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Green was a hot color in 2020. The side stripes on Matt’s JL pants gave this kit another dimension. We are predicting that track pants will be the controversial style of 2021.

3. Erik van Rooyen (Greyson Clothiers & Ecco)

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I had to invoke the EVR rule here (one person can only be included twice on this list). Erik van Rooyen easily could’ve taken up half the spots on this list. In fact, look for a top ten list of his looks coming in the near future. In the meantime, sit back and appreciate the sartorial brilliance of Greyson Clothiers and the Jogger King, Erik van Rooyen.

2. Erik van Rooyen

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The Camowolf Crewneck Sweater, Montauk Joggers, and Ecco Golf Street 10 Hybrid shoes. What’s not to love?

1. Matt Wallace

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Interesting little footnote from 2020; this kit from Matt Wallace never even made it into a GolfThreads post. It’s from March 12, 2020, Round One of THE PLAYERS Championship. The day the golf world paused…

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  1. Fantastic report but not enough of JT, the king of golf threads closely followed by billy ho. My favourite piece of the year was rickies pink cardigan, classic. Merry Xmas & happy new year to you all.

  2. Thank you Mike for consistently putting together excellent well thought out articles. I thoroughly enjoy everytime I see a new post of yours. Please keep up the great work, you are awesome.

    1. Thanks, Jim. Your words are appreciated and motivating. Have a wonderful and safe New Year’s, my friend.

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