Fashion Recap of Days 3 and 4 at the PGA Championship
Phil keeps flexin’, Rickie’s colorful new glove, the best-dressed Nike player, emerging brands to add to your wardrobe, and more. GolfThreads breaks down the best and worst looks from the weekend at Kiawah.
Phil Mickelson (G/FORE Footwear)
Phil The Thrill never disappoints on the course or in the swag department. Friday we highlighted Phil’s latest watch and belt flexes. Today, it’s his custom G/FORE Galivanters. Lacing up some limited-edition kicks is one thing, but winning a sixth major in personal-edition shoes with a logo of yourself celebrating your first major is straight flossin’.
Justin Rose (Bonobos)
One of the highlights of early-round coverage over the weekend was Justin Rose’s fits. His partnership with Bonobos is one made in sartorial heaven. Both parties have fully embraced the rose theme. It would be easy to chalk this up to being cliche if it wasn’t so tastefully done. Case in point, the all-over Summer Rose Polo was sophisticated and on-trend.
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf & TaylorMade)
The last couple of years have been a long strange trip for Rickie with more downs than ups. However, seeing some orange on the Sunday leaderboard was a welcomed sight. It is not unusual to see athletes in the middle of a slump shake things up a bit. For Rickie, that has come in the forms of a ‘stache, shades, and most recently, an orange glove. My style advice? Keep the glove and ditch the other two. Does this mean we’ll see some colored gloves from TaylorMade in the future?
Rory McIlroy (Nike)
No surprise Rory was the best-dressed of Team Swoosh. Green is a trendy color on the course and this hue from Nike was one of the highlights of the week. It pairs nicely with navy and Rory dialed in the cut of the polo to perfection.
Henrik Stenson (Hugo Boss)
Speaking of great-fitting polos; does anyone wear a polo shirt better than Henrik Stenson?
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Fairway & Greene)
‘Trendy’ and ‘traditional’ may seem like oxymorons, but C-Bez proved that the two can go together as well as pizza and beer. Saturday’s waterski print was whimsical and summery, while Sunday’s diamond geo print was timeless and refined. Both were done with a more classic cut that wasn’t too slim or too baggy.
Ben Cook (Bad Birdie)
Shoutout to Ben Cook for not only taking home the trophy for low club pro but also our unofficial best-dressed club pro award. You may remember a few years ago we profiled Bad Birdie as an emerging golf apparel brand to watch. I’m happy to say the brand is still cranking out bold designs that are not for the faint-hearted. Cook lit up the fairways in colorful prints for the summer with the Cactilicious on Saturday and the Drive-In on Sunday.
Garrick Higgo (Macade)
Another up-and-coming brand is Macade. I haven’t tried anything from Macade, yet, but I’m intrigued every time it pops up on my Instagram feed. The fits are trendy, athletic, and push the boundaries of golf fashion. If joggers, camo patterns, bucket hats, and sporty pullovers are your vibe, then Macade should be on your must-try list for summer. I know it is on mine.
Props to another unsung player. In fact, this guy wasn’t even officially in the tourney. Matt Bova teed it up as a marker but certainly looked the part. He brought all the summer feels to the course with a floppy hat, soft pink polo, and needlepoint belt. Peep those G/FORE Cap Toe Gallivanters, too.
Harris English (Peter Millar)
This is a stylish look that anyone can pull off. The all-over floral print is easy to wear. The Lunar Blue trousers add an unexpected pop of color. Also, the blue belt allowed the outfit to flow from top to bottom. The result is an understated look that separates you from the crowd.
Terrible hat and nd a boring outfit lacking texture and depth. I couldn’t help but think about those old Tampa Bay Buccaneers creamsicle uniforms when looking at that hat. The only difference is those Bucs unis were much cooler.
On Friday, I said Poulter’s simplest looks are often his best and I dropped a dime on him for a basic white and beige fit that allowed his shoes to be the star of the show. Sunday was the opposite. Too many colors. Too much going on. Every piece competed with each other.
Never have I been so disappointed in a player’s belt selection. Both of these fits should have been dimes but the white belts ruined them. A simple grey belt on Saturday would have allowed the focus to fall on those camo pants. A navy strap on Sunday would have let the outfit easily flow from top to bottom. Buy the apparel but make a better choice when it comes to your belts.