Course of Style: Sabbatini tries custom cowboy style on Tour

Course of Style: Sabbatini tries custom cowboy style on Tour

Rory Sabbatini at the Honda Classic.
Fred Vuich/SI

Looking like a trail boss en route to wrangling a win at the Honda
Classic last week, Rory Sabbatini showed off a unique Western hat and a
customized pair of Adidas golf shoes.

The turned-up brim cowboy hat, according to our historical research, is
sometimes called the “Carlsbad” style (interesting
in itself, since Sabbatini’s equipment sponsor,
TaylorMade-Adidas, is based in Carlsbad, Calif.). The hat was created
because he has had a few skin cancer scares, according to an Adidas
spokesperson, so this helps protect his face from the sun. He also is a
transplanted Westerner, residing in Fort Worth, Texas, when not on the

Sabbatini’s shoes are a version of Adidas’s popular
Powerband model but in the black and red colors of South Africa,
Sabbatini’s homeland. His children’s initials—”HTB”
for Harley (son), Tylie Jo (daughter), and Bodhi (son)—are appliquéd on the side. Bodhi, by
the way, is also the name given to the tree beneath which the
historical Buddha meditated to achieve his enlightenment.

Sabbatini seems to have a thing for Buddhism. His belt buckle had a
large metal Buddha on it.