An untucked Hawaiian shirt might not fit the traditional preconceptions of what a professional golfer ought to look like, but Rickie Fowler has rarely followed the rulebook…
Fowler previously moved golf’s fashion needle with his high-top shoes and jogging bottoms at the Abu Dhabi Championship. The golfing fraternity’s more traditional elements might have been reaching for the defibrillator at the sight of these.
The funky Fowler has always pushed sartorial boundaries — he is known for wearing the orange of his alma mater Oklahoma State in Sunday rounds.
Fowler’s 2016 get-up is a far cry from the threads of Harry Vardon, who won six British Opens and one U.S. Open between 1900 and 1914. But the Englishman paved the way for some of golf’s later wardrobe whims.
The Ryder Cup has always provided rich pickings for fashion critics – the 1951 British team were no exception with their voluminous trousers.
Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s original “Big Three,” championed the roll neck back in the day.
Before Rickie Fowler was even a glint in his parents’ eyes, Gary Player was sporting the oversized baseball cap look.
England’s Nick Faldo was an icon of the knitwear world with his 1987 take on what’s cool on the course.
Tom Watson has spanned the eras but the flat cap is a look not seen so much on professional tours these days. The pleated brown slacks aren’t hard to find.
The Ryder Cup again, and Europe’s ‘brown’ phase circa 1995.
No golf fashion debate would be complete without mention of the late Payne Stewart, who made the plus four his own.
The 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline was controversial in more ways than one — not least for these shirts with images of past U.S. teams.
Briton Ian Poulter has made strides in the fashion arena in recent years, often taking us back to the era of Rupert the Bear trousers favoured by Watson in the 1970s.
Poulter’s Union Jack pants for the 2004 Open caused quite a flutter.
John Daly is still pushing the envelope with sartorial swagger. Still, makes a change from the ubiquitous beige chinos.
Ryan Moore is trialled the tie in a number of tournaments.
Luke Donald is a firm fan of the ice-white stride — often seen down the disco as well on the golf course.