The 2016 Team USA Ryder Cup uniforms, designed by high-fashion label Ralph Lauren, celebrate the history of American patriotism and pride, while also incorporating cutting-edge fabrics and contemporary fits.
Team USA's script features a powerful red, white, and navy blue color palette. Logos and graphics in the form of U.S. flags on the yokes of the shirts and stars on the sleeves of layering pieces provide tasteful patriotic accents. While these details provide some added pop to the kits, others are less visible. For example, the inspirational message of “United We Stand” is printed on the interior waistbands of the players’ pants and the flag is etched onto the reverse side of the team belt buckle.
From a style standpoint, Team USA’s script is sure to appeal to a wide range of fashion tastes. Over the three days, the U.S. will sport a mix of classic stripes, modern color-blocking, and chic tonal prints. Practice rounds will see the players in fashionable engineered stripes, ultra-modern jacquards, and a high-tech pant.
With the unpredictable nature of late September weather in Minnesota, Ralph Lauren is outfitting the team with an array of high-performance fabrics to take on a variety of conditions. Throughout the week, the U.S. will pair lightweight tech-gab pants with polo shirts fabricated from technical jerseys and piques that wick moisture, promote ventilation and airflow, and provide flexibility.
If conditions call for additional layers, the players will turn to Merino wool crew necks, technical pullovers, and insulated down jackets – all of which are engineered to provide a thin layer of warmth and protection from cool breezes. Should the weather make a turn for the worst, a lightweight seamless waterproof suit will keep players dry and comfortable.
One of the more intriguing outerwear pieces is a new stars-and-stripes camo print pullover. This half-zip piece features a soft technical jersey fabric and a tonal navy print. Based on the stylish looks, this will likely be a go-to layering piece for many players during the week.
In addition to outfitting the 12 players, Ralph Lauren is also dressing the captains, caddies, and spouses. Captains will sport a predominately blue and gray palette of knit shirts, Tollegno wool pants, quilted vests, and sweaters. Two unique outerwear pieces – a technical sport coat and walking coat – offer a polished look while providing protection from wind and rain.
The Opening Ceremonies and Captain’s Dinner will see the players and captains in tailored menswear from Ralph Lauren, as well. Players will be suited and booted in classic navy doeskin blazers, spread collar poplin shirts, custom club ties, and charcoal trousers. Captains will wear complementary gray rope stripe suits. For the Welcome Dinner, players will be neatly attired in crisp navy suits with matching solid ties and white poplin shirts, accented with white pocket squares. Captains will don charcoal suits with black ties and dress shoes.
For the first time, exact replica U.S. Ryder Cup Team uniforms are available for purchase on RalphLauren.com, shop.pga.com and in select golf clubs, resorts and retail stores. As part of the partnership between Ralph Lauren and the PGA of America, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Ralph Lauren Ryder Cup Collection will benefit the PGA of America’s 41 Sections to grow and teach the game of golf, and PGA REACH, a program dedicated to positively impacting the lives of veterans, youth, and diverse populations through the game of golf.
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