Masters fashion preview: what the contenders are wearing

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Dustin Johnson's 2011 Masters apparel scripting.

With his amazing long game and lanky, 6'4" frame, Dustin Johnson cuts an imposing figure on the golf course. His clothing choices reflect his game. An all-around athlete, he definitely has a bit of swagger and edge, requesting tonal clothing with a slim fit. In his "scripting" for the Masters, supplied by his sponsor, TaylorMade-adidas, he favors an overall monotone look on two of the four days: either navy or royal blue, top and bottom. The single color, coupled with his soul patch and side burns, makes him seem even more of a youthful athletic force. His Adidas clothes are from their Formotion Energy line, which is made of a fabric that is extremely flexible and maximizes the pure athletic look.

Headnote: When it comes to his hats, Johnson is very particular. He only wears white, baseball-style caps, with a flat brim and no adjustable back. He has them custom made.

Footnote: Johnson will be wearing a special edition Adidas adiPURE golf shoe, with green stripes and matching green soles, in honor of Augusta.

Green Apple Golf Clothes
Have you noticed more and more professional golfers wearing neon or "acid" colors on tour? We've all seen Tiger Woods wearing acid-green Dri-Fit Bonded Jacquard polo shirts, which Nike Golf, his apparel sponsor, calls "green apple." The Nike scripts for this week's Masters contain an abundance of the color. Woods wears the green apple on two days; Francesco Molinari on two; and Lucas Glover, Charl Schwartzel, and Carl Pettersson one day each. Tiger's complete Masters week scripting is below.

This seems to be part of a trend now toward tart colors in general, like Rickie Fowler's sharp orange and purple outfits from Puma. Traditionally golf has favored "sweet" colors, like cotton-candy pink and raspberry red. Green is the classic color of the Masters, but the green these guys are wearing is in a somewhat different key, more like the Body Glove wetsuit green that cycles into the culture now and then. Nearly all the golfers we are talking about are relatively young guys. It could just be a new generation expressing itself.

Phil on a Fashion Seesaw
Phil Mickelson's equipment sponsor is Callaway Golf, but for years now he has had his clothes made privately. Beginning in January, however, he began wearing the newly revamped Callaway apparel line on Tour. Then for his win in Houston last week, he swung back to his custom-made shirts, which are closer to the body than the Callaway product and have those funny button-down collars. Maybe there's a lucky shirt in there somewhere, and he's afraid to switch completely. It will be interesting to see what the defending champion wears this week, the tell being whether the collars are buttoned-down or not.

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