Rory Sabbatini at the Valero Texas Open
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By Woody Hochswender
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pink ribbons, pink shirts, and pink pants are turning up at golf events around the globe. With the golf world united in sympathy and support for Amy Mickelson, who is battling breast cancer, the trend is definitely toward wearing pink on the course. Rory Sabbatini wore a pink shirt and a pink ribbon on his cap for his final winning round at the Bryon Nelson Championship in Texas. John Daly wore pink trousers at the BMW tournament in England to show his concern.

The PGA Tour Wives Association and the organizers of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial have asked players and their spouses to wear pink clothing Saturday as a show of support for Amy. Companies such as Adidas Golf, Ashworth, Cutter & Buck, Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren have all sent shirts to Colonial.

The late great fashion editor Diana Vreeland, who adored pink and dubbed it "the navy blue of India," would have been thrilled.

A word to the wise about pink: when wearing a bright feature color like pink (or orange or purple), it is almost always best to pair it with a neutral shade. Pink is on friendly terms with neutrals like khaki and gray, and for reasons known only to prep-school graduates, gets on quite well with green. But generally limit such non-neutral colors to one per outfit.

Sabbatini, who looked fine last Sunday in his pink windowpane shirt (above), worn with neutral white trousers, white shoes and white cap, is occasionally prone to overdosing on colors. For example, the purple checked golf shirt he wore on Friday of the Byron Nelson (right) was loud enough by itself, but when he wears it with purple trousers, as he did at the Masters, he gives other players a reason not to want to be paired with him.

THINKING AHEAD
With Father's Day just around the corner (hint, hint) and since it once again falls on the final day of the U.S. Open, June 21, the folks at the Greg Norman Collection are suggesting a specially designed golf shirt as the perfect gift.

The new Greg Norman golf shirts have a styling update in which the stripes are embossed, rather than printed, for a more lightweight, luxurious feel. The Greg Norman ML50 Embossed Stripe Polo (right, $75) is made with a special cross-section knitting process that, instead of utilizing dye with a print screen, uses an environmentally friendly chemical that flattens the fiber in a predesigned pattern. The result is a distinctive tone-on-tone effect between the embossed and non-embossed area, according to the company, and shirts that are 30 percent lighter than the average golf shirt. For the macho dad, there's also a trademark shark on the sleeve.

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