Open Championship Style Review - St Andrews 2015
Posted at July 18, 2015
With the prolonged weather delays at the Open Championship, we thought to take a moment to pick out our favourite player looks from the first two rounds. Who made our editor's cut and who fell from grace in disastrous fashion that would make even Tiger look good?
Open Championship Style - The Highlights
Here's a look at who got it right across both days at St Andrews - the sartorial gents who know how to make an impression on the golf course.
Henrik Stenson is at the top of our list, purely based on the strength of the Hugo Boss Zelchior sweater he chose to wear across both days. Caribbean Sea on Thursday, Grey Melange on Friday - the only issue we have here is that these particular styles have been around since January. It seems Henrik hasn't yet received the same wardrobe update which our next pick has...
A rising star of the game, the BMW PGA Champion wears the same Hugo Boss Zelchior Pro sweater but in the brand new style for Summer 2015. A white/blue look for Thursday followed by black/grey on Friday wearing one of the best sweaters Hugo Boss have produced in recent times - a feat in itself.
New Hugo Boss ambassador Victor Dubuisson is another who opted for the new Zelchior on Friday, whilst a classic black Zime sweater with Pro logo featured on Thursday. Victor has come under some criticism of late of his colour mis-matching but it seems like he might have finally sussed it out.
You can just see the headlines now - "Danny, Champion of St Andrews". He would be a worthy champion in more ways than one, too. His low shooting over the first two rounds has left Willett well in contention but we think he knows how to dress well, too. Smart shoes, slim fit pants and a subtle pop of colour with the shirt. All-black works when it's done well and Danny has surely done himself justice so far this week!
Rafa is one of the most stylish golfers in the game and always seems to pull of any look that Oakley throw in his direction. Some of the field just can't grasp how to dress for the adverse weather conditions but this look worked well on Thursday. Colour co-ordinated with FootJoy shoes and Oakley sunglasses, Rafa's look is effortless even in mid-air.
A true icon of our game - Tom Watson signed off in style at the Open Championship at St Andrews with a fresh turquoise crew-neck sweater and G/Fore glove to match. All of the back pages will be filled with these images and once again Tom Watson looked sophisticated and on-trend with Polo by Ralph Lauren. We salute you, Tom.
Open Championship Style - The '50 Shades' Trend
So, here's the thing. It's been well documented that the Open Championship has been more like 50 Shades of Grey in terms of style so far this week - with only a very select few who we think have made the trend work. Oddly enough, grey/orange was also the scripting trend for one Rory McIlroy this week and instead of the world number one making a statement at St Andrews - his fellow Nike counterparts have been doing the job for him.
Russell Henley has trimmed the barnet and looks all the better for it, whilst this grey/orange look was an absolute winner for us on Friday. Subtle pops of colour in the Nike Engineered sweater freshen the look and match in perfectly with the Lunar Control III shoes in grey/orange. Move over, Rory.
It was the same grey Nike sweater option for Ross Fisher at St Andrews and he paired this with white Modern golf trousers for a fresh look on Thursday. Nike Lunar ID shoes with an orange swoosh tie in with the look perfectly and confirm Nike as the kings of major scripting.
Francesco Molinari was another Nike athlete who opted for grey on Friday but left out the orange detail this time. It still works, though. This Momentum Fly Stripe shirt looks great and pairs well with the TW15 golf shoes - probably a second-hand pair from Tiger himself mind you.
Adam Scott is another of our favourites. His outfits never scream and shout like some others, but he wears the look well and understands how to wear a grey sweater - and doesn't he know it.
Needless to say, it's two of the favourites for the championship who are severely losing out in the style ranks this week. Shades of grey can work as a look - if you adhere to mixing and matching the shades correctly. Monotone can also work as a look - if you adhere to avoiding grey on grey on grey. Tell that to Under Armour - who seem to be the biggest E. L. James fans of them all with Paul Dunne & Hunter Mahan featured alongside Jordan Spieth above. Tiger woods also fell culprit to this awful trend, only rectified by the sharp looking Nike shirt on day two.
Open Championship Style - RLX
Underwhelming - that's how we would probably sum up the Open Championship so far in terms of style. Then came along RLX by Ralph Lauren. Here's a look at some of the fresh looks worn by their ambassadors.
These brown herringbone trousers from RLX are certainly dividing opinion but we think Billy Horschel pulled them off, pairing them with a classic Solid Airflow shirt from the AW15 range. Billy has become well known for his bright colour combinations but kept it more reserved here on Thursday, before livening up a dull Friday afternoon on the Old Course with this blue, yellow and white combo.
Matteo Manassero is a breath of fresh air and gave us all something to enjoy with this new RLX 3 colour stripe shirt on Thursday at The Open. We love this shirt and it would appear Billy Horschel does too - he wore the same colour of this style on two of the practice days this week!
Open Championship Style - Puma's New Approach
This season we see a wholly different approach from Puma Golf - the excessively bright colour stories and adventurous print patterns are taking a back seat in favour of a more refined, sophisticated and tasteful palette with new styles which look the part on their athletes.
Rickie leads the way for Puma and was looking great wearing Puma Popover sweaters on both day one and day two at St Andrews. A lesson in how to freshen up a grey sweater, which other brands could certainly learn from.
Jonas Blixt opted for the white popover sweater in the cooler conditions on Thursday but pulled out the brand new Blur Stripe shirt on Friday - finished in periscope grey. It's a seriously strong shirt and also available in many exclusive colour ways which you can only find here at Golfposer.
GDL has been scripted in a series of black/grey/red for the week at St Andrews and looked great wearing this Novelty stripe sweater on Thursday. We love Graham DeLaet and we love his style - a perfect match with Puma Golf.
Soren Kjeldsen has enjoyed tremendous success so far on tour this season and was wearing the new PWRWARM sweater in 'sodalite blue' on Friday. It's been quite the tournament for showcasing outerwear and Puma have certainly nailed it with their AW15 collection.
Open Championship Style - The Purple Trend
With all of the grey and blue looks coming out of the Open Championship, it was refreshing to see some players switch it up and opt for shades of purple over the first two days. Jamie Donaldson never fails to impress in JL, Marc Warren was looking sharp with Callaway whilst Gary Boyd also stood out with IJP design.
Open Championship Style - Fashion Disasters
As always, there were a few eye-sores on show during the opening two rounds of The Open Championship. Here are the worst of them all.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Eddie seems to have been inspired by Jurassic World with this sweater. And matched with beige trousers, really?
Who doesn't love a bit of Hideki Matsuyama? Perhaps not when he chooses to wear pink and beige as a combination, though. He should have a word with Eddie Pepperell - we've heard he might have a spare sweater to cover this up...
The Sleeveless Pullover
Nothing says "middle age" like a sleeveless sweater vest. You won't see anyone under the age of 25 wearing one of these bad boys on tour - save the baggy vest look for the caddies, shall we?
Rickie's Rain Suit
We get it, it was a wet day on Thursday. But all of you Puma fans out there will have recognised this rain suit as something which was a special edition piece circa 2011. This ranks worse than Tiger Woods and his love for the Nike TW11 shoes - at least they fit him well.
Dustin/Jordan in Perfect Harmony
What's worse than turning up in an all-monochrome outfit? Turning up in an all-monochrome outfit in perfect synchronisation with your playing partner. This pair would be more suited alongside the seals of St Andrews beach than golfers on the Old Course. Get it sorted, gents.
What do you think? Do you agree/disagree with any of our picks? Let us know!