Playing it Safe

No patriotic colors. No eye-popping patterns. Uniforms_300x637_3

The U.S. team looked calm and professional as they went about their business in their Saturday uniforms, custom made by Nike Golf. Horizontally striped polo shirts with tan trousers, flat front or pleated (player's choice) were about as unextraordinary as anything the average guy might wear for a weekend round. Some Americans wore navy sweater vests in the morning.

Loud or striking uniforms could be a distraction, and Captain Paul Azinger seems to have laid up -- making a conscious decision to keep it simple and classic.
The Europeans, by contrast, went again with the same style of athletic-stripe zippered polo, with horizontal-stripe pattern in back, but this time with the colors reversed -- royal blue on white. In the morning rounds, team Europe seemed a little too summery for conditions.
One style point on both sides: the white belt. Many players now favor this vestige of the disco age, which works well with white trousers or white shirts, but tends to call attention to the waistline when worn with darker colors.
(Photos: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

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