Points of Style from the 2011 British Open at Royal St. George’s

1 of 9 Clockwise from top left: Phil Mickelson, Jon Super/AP; Sergio Garcia, Matt Dunham/AP; Charl Schwartzel, Kerim Okten/Landov; Dustin Johnson, Tom Hales/AP
If the U.S. Open was a study in scarlet, then the British was a "Paint it Black" affair. It had something to do with conditions, which brought out the all-black rain suits, but plenty of pros saw the red door and wanted to paint it black anyway. Dark knights of the fairway included Phil Mickelson (top left), Sergio Garcia (top right), Charl Schwartzel (bottom right), and Dustin Johnson (bottom left).
2 of 9 Thomas Lovelock/SI
Open champion Darren Clarke also wore black, with a full-cut pair of glen plaid trousers and black-and-white wingtip golf shoes. Nice. In the past, we've featured Clarke as an example of good golf style. He was on Golf Magazine list of 10-best-dressed golfers.
3 of 9 Di Marco/Landov
Clarke is a big man who carries his weight well. He looks like a regular guy who enjoys his pint. But he has a good sense of color blending (pairing like or complementary colors) and uses dark shades to minimize his bulk.
4 of 9 Nick Wass/AP
Another well-upholstered guy, Miguel Angel Jimenez obviously has style to burn — the ponytail, the orange Lacoste shirt, the pleated gabardine pants, and, of course, the stogie. He always looks as if he's playing a weekend round at his club. None of that palm-sweating intensity you see on some guys.
5 of 9 Clockwise from top left: Darren Clarke, Andrew Couldridge/Zuma Press; Phil Mickelson, Tom Hales/AP; Dustin Johnson, Andrew Couldridge/Zuma Press
Short-sleeved rain wear was important. The top three finishers at Royal St. George's all wore it at one time or another — some with compression shirts beneath, like Mickelson and Johnson; others with bare arms (Clarke). It's a way to keep dry but feel unrestricted.
6 of 9 Andrew Couldridge/Zuma Press
Conditions at times were very tough, with strong winds and horizontal rain. Sergio Garcia came well prepared, with mittens and a wool hat, although for a moment he looked as though he wished to be elsewhere.
7 of 9 Andrew Couldridge/Zuma Press
We kind of dig Rickie Fowler's rain suit from Puma — with its "18-hole" orange detailing at trouser leg, shoulder, and back pocket. You don't see that every day on the golf course.
8 of 9 Robert Beck/SI
Exploded patterns are a golfwear trend. These are typically broken-up prints that appear and disappear unexpectedly at various points on the shirt. Seen here on the man who fell to earth at Royal St. George's, Rory McIlroy, whose diamonds fade in and out.
9 of 9 Kevin Batchelor/Icon SMI
In the we-don't-know-what-to-make-of-it category was Ryan Moore's hoodie. Not very British and, in any case, more King's Road than Sloane Square. He's definitely a golfer who goes his own way.