March 08, 2016
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- The best players in the world gathered for the first time in 2016 and showcased what’s hot in golf fashion this spring. From chukkas to brogues and belts to prints, our Style Insider breaks down the best looks of the week from Doral. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Adam Scott (Uniqlo)
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Since his move to Uniqlo a few years ago, Adam Scott has been all about classic, understated looks with contemporary fits. It was more of the same for the WGC-Cadillac champion, as Scott sported basics from head to toe. Along the way Scott, proved that simple, timeless kits trump (no pun intended) loud, blinged-out outfits any day.
Rory McIlroy (Nike Golf) & Jordan Spieth (Under Armour)
Coincidence? I think not. It was only fitting that blue would be the color of choice at the home of the Blue Monster. While it is anything but a stretch to see Rory and Jordan sporting the color, it was cool to see so many players embracing the unofficial fashion theme of the week.
Billy Horschel (RLX Ralph Lauren)
Who has been the best dressed player on the PGA TOUR in 2016? Billy Horschel gets my vote. Round after round, week after week, Horschel brings strong, confident looks to the course. While he gets a lot of attention for his swaggy printed pants, these classic setups with modern details have been his sartorial calling card. An outfit that consists of a navy blue striped shirt with a contrasting placket, navy trousers, a brown belt and brown brogues will always have a home on the links.
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
When are white belts acceptable? Rickie Fowler provided the answer during the first two rounds. The key is to keep contrast to minimum to create a smooth transition from top to bottom. Pairing a white belt with white pants (left) is always a smart move as it blends perfectly. The only time you should reach for the white belt while wearing dark pants, though, is when you are wearing a white shirt. Notice how the belt appears to be an extension of Rickie’s polo on the right.
Phil Mickelson (House of Fleming belts)
You know things are getting serious when Phil breaks out the exotic skin belts and matching shoes. After experimenting with some beltless, side-tabbed trousers earlier in the year, Mickelson was back to his luxurious skins in Miami. This was a total boss move considering that he was wearing the relatives of some of the reptiles that call the Blue Monster home. Now, if we could just get Phil to add a bit of taper to those trousers, his look would be complete.
Rory McIlroy (Nike Golf)
Rory McIlroy was a walking billboard at Doral for the latest and greatest from Nike Golf. Besides lacing up Nike’s new Flyknit Chukka shoe for two rounds, Rory also sported various colorways of the brand’s new MM Fly Roll Polo and MM Fly Blade Block Polo. Both polos feature clean lines, slim fits and innovative collar designs. The MM Fly Roll has a sleek shawl collar, while the MM Fly Blade Block possesses an edgy blade collar.
Paul Casey (Nike Golf)
While Nike’s aforementioned polos are gaining a lot of attention, the MM Fly Framing Block Polo that Paul Casey rocked during the third round is my favorite from the brand’s new collection. It puts a unique twist on traditional color-blocked designs, while the blue-on-blue colorway is completely on trend and the tailored fit is distinctly modern.
Danny Willett (Callaway Golf)
Danny Willett has been flying under the radar on this side of the pond, but it is about time he received some props for his game and his fashion sense. Both are world class. In fact, Willett may be the best tailored player on TOUR. The Englishman is a prime example of how golf apparel should fit in 2016 – sleeves that hit mid bicep and pant legs that just brush the tops of the shoes.
Smylie Kaufman (Polo Ralph Lauren)
We are accustomed to seeing Smylie Kaufman in fairly classic-looking outfits, but he successfully stretched his sartorial comfort zone with this trendy micro floral print polo. Prints are in this year, and a floral print polo is one that should find its way into every stylish golfer’s wardrobe.
Scott Piercy (J.Lindeberg Golf)
Whether it is through belt buckles or bold color-blocked designs, J.Lindeberg has always excelled at elegantly working its iconic ‘bridge’ logo into its apparel. The latest example of this is the Liam polo that Scott Piercy wore during the third round. The all over ‘bridge’ pattern was on point and helped Piercy to stand out for all the right reasons.
Dustin Johnson (Adidas Golf)
While DJ’s killer monochromatic looks never get old, it was great to see him tee it up in more energetic kits this week. While all three of these ensembles were sharp, the tonal stripes (right) were the best of the bunch. They created a subtle texture that elevated the entire look.
Jason Day (Adidas Golf)
In the same vein, Jason Day stepped it up with some fresh looks, as well. The blue color blocking was a welcomed departure from his typical black, white and grey palette. The only thing I would change about Day’s final round kit is the white belt. A navy belt would have created a seamless look from top to bottom. Instead, the white belt breaks up the entire gradient.
Justin Rose (Ashworth)
Today’s slim-fitting, tapered trousers beg to be hemmed with a short break. This means that players are showing more ankle than ever before. Justin Rose is one of the few players to up his sock game as a result. Keep this in mind as you round out your golf wardrobe for the coming year. A pair of fancy socks with bold stripes or a funky pattern is the best way to take your look to the next level. And don’t worry if they don’t match your pants or shoes.