rows Rho-s on the island waters, Kirk returns home, the TRUE takeover, and more. Tour Editor Michael Ruuska recaps the Waikiki fashion scene at the Sony Open.
See also: This Week In Golf Fashion: Hawaiian Hot Stove Edition
Richy Werenski (Rhoback & FootJoy)
…and the Hot Stove season continues. Richy Werenski joins one of my favorite golf apparel brands, Rhoback. Their tops are buttery soft, and their polos have the best self-collar on the market. This is a really good partnership.
Chris Kirk (TravisMathew & TRUE Linkswear)
Chris Kirk was a TravisMathew OG, having worn the brand from 2010 – 2018. Well, guess what? He’s back, baby. On a Sunday in Hawaii, Chris appropriately wore the TM Open Camo Polo with hidden palm trees. No change in his footwear, Chris continues to rock TRUE Linkswear on the course.
Parker McLachlin (Oahu Golf & TRUE Linkswear)
Parker McLachlin reps Ohau Golf Apparel, which is based in Honolulu, right near the Waialae Country Club. The “Stay Grassy” hat by Grass Clippings is considered their OG since it was the first hat they ever made. Truth be told, I never heard of Grass Clippings until I spotted Parker’s lid. Check them out, their name is a nod to greenskeepers and silent heroes all over the golf world. Wait a minute, do I spy another pair of TRUE Linkswear at the Sony Open?
Chez Reavie (Peter Millar & TRUE Linkswear)
Chez Reavie appears to have made an equipment and footwear switch in 2023. He and TRUE Linkswear co-founder, Ryan Moore are both using New Level Golf Clubs. Chez is also wearing TRUE LUX PRO. Hmmmm….I am sensing a trend.
Harry Hall (Callaway Apparel & New Balance Golf)
The past three guys featured in TWIGF have opted for a minimal-drop golf shoe. Harry Hall goes in the opposite direction. These New Balance Fresh Foam Contend Golf Shoes have a 10mm drop with significant arch support. I have never worn New Balance golf shoes and ironically their world headquarters is right up the road from me. I will have to do something about that in 2023! What are your thoughts about Harry Hall’s cuffed hem on his trousers?
Ben Griffin (Holderness & Bourne & FootJoy)
LOVING the pop of pink on Ben Griffin’s FootJoy Premiere Series Packard shoes. If you have not used the MyJoys function on the FootJoy website, I suggest you give it a try. Super fun! Take a closer look at the subtle geometric pattern on this Holderness & Bourne Floyd Shirt. It is distinctive yet sophisticated.
Kurt Kitayama (Chervo & Nike Golf)
I am convinced that my guy, Kurt Kitayama, would make our best-dressed list with a footwear switcheroo. Pairing an Italian luxury brand with the giant swoosh doesn’t work. Kitayama is one to watch for fashion inspiration in 2023. I am inspired by the Chervo ALUK polo. It is a hand-drawn print of the Tuscan Hills along the Mediterranean coastline.
Tyson Alexander (Live Forever Golf & FootJoy)
We will be meeting with the team from Live Forever Golf at the PGA Merchandise Show next week. Can’t wait to see what they have in store this season!
Billy Horschel (Ralph Lauren Golf & FootJoy)
This RLX Botanical Tiger print polo really pops when worn with white trousers! Navy slacks could have worked, too, but with a much different effect.
Carl Yuan (Descente & FootJoy)
In my never-ending quest to acquire Descente Golf apparel, I finally made contact with a company that distributes it. The rep told me it would be very unlikely that I would find anything that fits me (I am 6’0″ 195 lbs). Womp, womp.