Wild Colors and Winning Looks at the 2011 U.S. Open
November 08, 2011
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From the start of the U.S. Open, it was clear that strong, wild colors have moved from the fringe to the center of pro golf. Ian Poulter (left) and Rickie Fowler, once on the edge of golf style, have made it trendy to wear pink, plaid, and vivid, punchy colors. Like it or not, their influence was all over the course.
2 of 9Garcia, Kuchar by Simon Bruty/SI; Westwood by Jeff Haynes/Reuters; Toms by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Scarlet fever swept Congressional. Several players, including (clockwise from top right) Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar and David Toms, made a splash in deep red shirts, trousers, and caps. Red is always a part of golf (especially because Tiger Woods always wears red on Sundays), but this was an explosion, with plenty of tomatoes and bright reds.
3 of 9Cink, Mark Goldman/Icon SMI; Crane, David Cannon/Getty Images
Green apple, or acid green, was also big. Like purple, it cycles in and out of the culture from time to time. It looks fresh and cool on players like Stewart Cink (left) and Ben Crane. Then, after a while, the eye grows tired of it.
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Against a field of color, white suddenly pops and becomes graphic. Fredrik Jacobson, who made a great run at second place, wore all-white outfits on consecutive days. (We hope he changed in between.) With his odd swing and head-to-toe white look, he really stood out.
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In the opening round, Davis Love showed a sophisticated sense of color, combining a vivid pastel with a bold, offsetting patternpink pants with a black-and-white striped golf shirt. That is great golf style.
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There is a fashion oddment or two in every major tournament. Bubba Watson wore full camouflage trousers with an olive-green, military style shirt. Watson was doing it for charity, as well as a patriotic nod to the venue and the occasion.
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The intrepid Y. E. Yang continues to wear bold shirts with the shadow of either a tattoo or camo print on them. At times they looked sweat stained, even though he is remarkably cool customer.
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Amid all the talk of a new era in golf, it's noteworthy that Rory McIlroy's apparel reflects a new sort of Western style. Not cowboy style, but West Coast. McIlroy's clothing is made by Oakley Inc., of Foothills Ranch, California, which designs for the three sports: skiing, surfing, and golf. His shirts, with their color-blocked torsos and curved seams, were reminiscent of surfer's wetsuits.
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The winning look was a sort of faux hound's tooth print, blown up in an Op-Art manner at shoulder and waist. Oakley's "Hounded Polo" is 100 percent polyester with snap buttons; its white "Take 2" pants are nylon with Spandex for stretch. While McIlroy's clothes reflected a surf coast sensibility, on his feet were the tried-and-true, FootJoy.
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