Safe Style at The Open

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During the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, many top pros played conservative golf, hitting irons off the tee and generally avoiding trouble. But when it comes to their apparel, style guru Woody Hochswender says a lot of them played it pretty close to the vest, too. Here is his gallery of some of the most memorable looks seen at the British Open.
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Knights of Lytham Many players took the Gary Player all-black route, especially in the early rounds. Perhaps they were expecting the much-forecasted heavy rains. (Black looks sleek and imposing, even in a downpour, and one doesn't have to worry about absorbing the sun.) From left, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Rickie Fowler, and Bubba Watson.
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Spectator Shoes Several golfers wore spectator shoes -- or two-tone wingtips -- also known as "co-respondent's shoes," for the flashy footwear thought to be worn by 19th century adulterers, who became co-respondents in divorce cases (not, as popularly believed, by newspaper correspondents, who are known for battered shoes and other vices.) The three shown here are all custom FootJoys, with red patent leathers. From left, Jason Dufner, Luke Donald, and Thomas Aiken.
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Even Ian Ian Poulter almost always stands out sartorially at the British Open, but this year he was remarkably subdued, wearing all-black one day and just a bright colored shirt and white trousers on another. His only really wild look was Friday, when in a burst of unconscious alliteration he donned pink, plaid, and powder-blue Pumas.
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Pepto Bismal Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen made an exciting run at the leaders early in the Championship -- and he made a bit of a splash with his pink belt. Not something you see every day on Tour.
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Gridding His Loins After topping the leaderboard for a while, Brandt Snedeker faded a bit. But he seemed to revive in the final round, playing with Tiger Woods in these graphic, windowpane check trousers.
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Fail-Safe Mode Tiger played conservative golf, almost as if he had the lead, most of the way. He also dressed in his most classic, take-no-chances athletic-style -- all beige in round one; gray and black for round two.
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Great Expectations Playing safe aside, one should not gainsay Woods' final result -- he tied for third and was in it all the way. But would it be too much to wonder if the red-and-black Sunday tradition is getting a little tired? Maybe he should try something different. Shake it up, baby.
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Looming Large Adam Scott, one of the few contenders who was blasting his way around the course, looked powerful and cool in his Burberry golf clothes. Nice touches: the trademark Burberry plaid elbow patches on his sweater (very British) and the diamond pattern on his round-three sweater. If he never wins a major, he can always work in the movies.
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Great Big Men Both Adam Scott and Ernie Els are pretty big guys who carry their weight well, but did you notice how small Scott looked next to Els at the end? Scott is 6' 180 lbs. Els is 6'3" 220. Two handsome lads, but the contrast was surprising.
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Close to the Vest In winning his fourth major, Els wore the most basic golf uniform -- a white polo and black trousers -- most of the way, punctuated only by a sweater vest, here and there, depending on conditions. His clothes are made for him by Callaway.
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A Claret Jug and Thou The blue zip vest, white shirt, and black pants from the opening round were repeated on Sunday, when he became the second consecutive major winner to secure his victory in the clubhouse. Take a look at the style of the British Open over the years here.