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    FedExCup winners show evolution of golf apparel

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    Stenson wins TOUR Championship and FedExCup

2007: Tiger Woods

Seeing Tiger Woods hoist the first FedEx Cup Trophy came as little surprise. In 2007, he won seven times, including the TOUR Championship. Seeing him wear his signature Sunday ensemble of a red shirt and black pants was no surprise, either. In the history of golf, there hasn’t been a more iconic or intimidating final-round outfit. Tiger was also one of the first players to blend classic and athletic looks, and he helped golf apparel evolve from the cotton fabrics of the 1990s to the high-tech materials of the 21st Century.

2008: Vijay Singh

Evolution? Vijay Singh was more like a throwback. The wide sleeves, gentlemanly fit, pleated pants, and visor made for a classic look. He also wore a pair of timeless white and black saddle shoes to complete this outfit. Props to Vijay for adding a pop of color with this dusty mauve polo, though. He has never been one to favor particular colors on Sundays, but this hue certainly agreed with him.

2009: Tiger Woods

Tiger remains the only player to win the FedExCup multiple times. In 2009, he captured it while wearing his familiar red and black Sunday kit. This time, the red was deeper, darker, and more saturated than the color he wore in 2007. In other words, it was perfect for early autumn. Also, take note of the fit of Tiger’s shirt. The sleeves are a touch shorter and the torso is slightly trimmer, giving us a hint of where golf fashion was headed in the next decade.

2010: Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk made it rain in more ways than one at the 2010 TOUR Championship. The most memorable part of his outfit was his backward hat as he tapped in to win the event and the FedEx Cup on the 72nd hole. While not endorsed from a fashion standpoint, it proved to be functional as the skies opened up. Less memorable, but on trend nonetheless, was Furyk’s shirt. The color blocked side panels were signs of the times.  

2011: Bill Haas

Black pants = FedExCup trophy. Haas became the fifth straight player to raise the FedExCup while wearing black pants. He was also the latest in the list of classically dressed winners. His timeless look possessed some modern touches in the way of a shorter, stiffer collar and a more structured cap.

2012: Brandt Snedeker

In 2012, slimmer fits began to infiltrate the world of golf fashion and this was reflected in Brandt Snedeker’s winning outfit. Compared to previous winners, Sneds’ shirt was more tailored through the body, the sleeves were slimmer, and the armholes were higher. The spread collar also played into one of the biggest trends in men’s fashion.

2013: Henrik Stenson

When it comes to signature looks, Henrik Stenson has the market cornered on monochromatic black kits. The Swede was the first FedExCup winner to fuse high fashion and sport with trendy threads from Hugo Boss. Stenson has always been ahead of the fashion curve, especially with the tailoring of his clothes. In 2013, he showed us how golf apparel should fit, with sleeves that hit in the middle of the biceps and pants that just swept the tops of his shoes.

2014: Billy Horschel

Colorful trousers made their way to the fairways in 2014 and few were as colorful as Billy Horschel’s lively madras pants. When $10 million is on the line, you might as well go bold, and Horschel dialed up this confident look for the final round of the TOUR Championship. Pairing these vibrant trousers with a crisp white shirt was a smart move, too. It provided a clean backdrop and allowed the pants to be the focus of his outfit.

2015: Jordan Spieth

The athleisure movement began influencing golf fashion in a big way in 2015 and this was reflected in Jordan Spieth’s sporty setup at East Lake. This was also the time when nearly every player on TOUR was wearing white pants and braided belts started replacing good ol’ fashioned leather straps.

2016: Rory McIlroy

Following in Spieth’s footsteps, McIlroy captured the FedExCup in dramatic fashion while sporting cutting-edge fabrics, white pants, and a braided belt. Aquas and teals were the cool fashion colors in 2016, and Rory closed out the season in this trendy hue.

2017: Justin Thomas

While black pants were the common link amongst the FedExCup winners between 2007 and 2011, white pants are having a moment now. In 2017, JT became the third straight player to raise the FedExCup while sporting white trousers. Thomas’ style is the perfect blend of classic looks and modern details. His Ralph Lauren polo with a ribbed collar and solid-on-solid outfit could find a home in any era. Nailing contemporary details like short, narrow sleeves and slim, straight-leg pants are a couple of the reasons why Justin is one of the best dressed players in the game.

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