The 18 most outrageous Tour golf outfits of the last 30 years

July 13, 2019
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Golf apparel offers a wide range of options when it comes to self expression, but occasionally, players push the envelope just a little too far. Hey, we get it! Mistakes happen! But here are our top picks for the most confounding, outrageous, extraordinary ensembles on Tour from the last 30 years.

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Rickie Fowler, 2012

Rickie appears on many “best dressed” lists, and for good reason. His colorful, stylish presence is often a breath of fresh air on Tour. Unfortunately, no one is capable of pulling off head-to-toe orange.

Leonard's putt (and his teammates' premature celebration) in 1999 live in Cup lore.
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The 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup team Sunday shirt

This abominable pattern has been the source of enough sartorial vitriol, so we’ll resist the urge to pile on. But let’s just say we’re so glad the whole “photograph-collage-print polo” trend has yet to resurface.

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Ian Poulter, 2008

Poulter has never been afraid to push the envelope when it comes to golf fashion, but this disco-inspired number — paired with brown, embroidered trousers and a red visor — will live in infamy forever.

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Tiger Woods, 1993

Seeing a graphic-print polo on Tiger Woods is a very rare thing, so this gem from the 1993 L.A. Open — complete with flashy headwear! — is all the more astounding.

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Brian Gay, 2011

Brian Gay has never been afraid to wear bright colors (and for that, we salute you!), but these neon pants just plain hurt the eyes.

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Rory Sabbatini, 2009

Giant belt buckles were definitely a thing in the late 2000s, but pairing animal prints with stripes has always and will always be a no-no.

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Jim Furyk, 2007

The button-ups that Furyk wore throughout the 2007 season just look uncomfortable and ill-suited for the course.

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Woody Austin, 2008

These scenic, photograph-like printed polos are sometimes charming but more often they’re just plain unflattering.

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John Daly, 2010

Daly’s Loudmouth golf ensembles make him an easy target, but the bright colors and prints have become his signature look. This particular outfit is objectionable for the sheer number of shades at play, and the mis-matched hat.

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Sergio Garcia, 2006

He’s since been named one of GOLF’s Most Stylish people, but even Sergio himself had regrets about this all-yellow number, which he names as his most regrettable fashion faux-pas. “It got talked about, so at least we got something out of it!” he said.

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Bubba Watson, 2011

A camo print can be super-cool, especially in shades of blue. But this particular pair of pants looks nearly combat-ready — not ideal for the course.

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Duffy Waldorf, 2002

Throughout his playing career, Waldorf seemed determined not to match his hat to his polo. This particular outfit is no exception.

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Phil Mickelson, 1993

Is that really you, Phil?! It appears that Mickelson’s style has mellowed a bit since the early 90s … but holy moly, that shirt is something.

Bernhard Langer's public battles (and triumphs) over the yips have been well-documented.
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Bernhard Langer, 2009

Beige. A perfectly acceptable color when it comes to pants, but beige on beige (top and bottom) is just a tough sell.

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Bill Murray, 2012

Bill Murray has made a name for himself with his eccentric fashion at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the years, but nothing beats this outrageous leafy camo-rainsuit in the “what was he thinking?!” department.

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Boo Weekley, 2007

A Mossy Oak mock under a baby blue/orange polo? Not a great pairing.

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Daniel Chopra, 2007

This abstract, semi-psychedelic pattern feels out of place on the golf course.

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Y.E. Yang, 2007

Orange pants are always a tough sell, but especially so when they don’t even match the color-block shade on your polo.

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