Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler burst onto the golf scene with brash looks that matched their go-for-it games. McIlroy, sponsored by Oakley, and Fowler, outfitted by Puma, both went for edgy, graphic golf clothes at the Masters.
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Fowler is like a one-man style tsunami, wearing the most electric colors, including purple, lime green, and Oklahoma State orange, head to toe. Even in foul-weather gear he looks ready to shake up the royal and ancient game.
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Strange hats kept popping up on Tour, even in majors. Fowler’s die-cut Puma caps, with their offbeat fit—like Yankee pitcher Joba Chamberlain’s—became a youth trend item.
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This oddly shaped glen plaid hat, worn by Padraig Harrington in the British Open, resembled a jockey’s cap. It was described as a riding hat and a “pub” cap.
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Rory Sabbatini went for the trail-boss look at the U.S. Open in June. His white cowboy hat with upturned brim looked like it was purchased at a tourist stand in Guadalajara.
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The aging ponytail look, with the knot of hair trailing out the back of an adjustable golf cap, is not something we ordinarily admire. But in Miguel Angel Jiminez’s case, his cigar-puffing panache is such that it not only works, it inspires a fan club.
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Englishman Ian Poulter continued to be a fashion leader on course, as his strong colors and boot-cut tartan trousers with notched hems—which a couple of years ago seemed a bit over the top—became more accepted and imitated.
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Note McIlroy’s vivid shirt and plaid boot-cut trousers with notched cuffs. He has his own style, but you can see the "Poulter Effect."
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More strangeness on the course: Martin Kaymer’s unusual neck “snood,” worn on a windblown day in the Arizona desert, was actually a fly-fishing neckwarmer; in a different windy context, Ryan Moore’s striped hoodie at Royal St. George’s was simply a fashion faux pas.
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The hot new colors in golf have been lime and green apple. Tiger Woods, and just about every single golfer at one time or another this year on Tour, could be spotted wearing these shades of green.
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Green again. But Luke Donald, the world's No. 1 player, showed a sophisticated sense of color at this year’s Masters, combining an acidic green shirt with sweet pink trousers for a perfect, very "golf" combination.
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The classy all-black look, made famous by Gary Player, was in full revival this year. Both Charles Schwartzel and Dustin Johnson went that way on Day 1 at the British Open.
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Looking happy and completely unfazed, Darren Clarke strolled down the fairway en route to winning the British Open wearing a black shirt and gray glen plaid trousers. Big man, great style. Clarke made it look easy.
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Go ahead. Stretch. Relax. Get that loose-limbed, beautiful swing going. That’s Fred Couples, natty in beige at Riviera. Hey, it’s a cool day, why not wear socks (for once)?