By Woody Hochswender
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The early rounds at the U. S. Open saw an explosion of color. Even normally staid-looking players have opted for eye-popping hues — David Toms in a scarlet red shirt, Davis Love III in pink trousers (left) — and the game's young guns were especially vivid.

Numerous golfers wore bright red on Thursday, a color that stands out sharply against Congressional Country Club's emerald green fairways. Members of the big, bold red group included Ian Poulter (in a zip-neck red shirt and plaid pants), Rory Sabbatini, Bubba Dickerson, and Aaron Baddeley.

Other colors made bold statements too. There was the acid-green team, which included Sergio Garcia and Ben Crane. Rickie Fowler went with his purple-people-eater look in the opening round, and then donned a multi-green color-block shirt Friday. Puma's other sponsored golfer, Johan Edfors, went with bright yellow on Thursday, showing that Puma Golf has led the current splash of outre colors.

The color trend even applies to equipment (like TaylorMade's white woods) and shows no signs of letting up. Last week, Adidas Golf gave a sneak preview of a major new fashion collection that the company plans to introduce this summer. It would not give too much away to reveal that this new collection is all about color — a profusion of wild color throughout a golfer's wardrobe.

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