US Open 2014 Thursday Style Highlights
Posted at June 13, 2014
We pick out some of our style highlights from the opening round of the US Open at Pinehurst!
Rickie generated a real buzz at the US Open before he even began his first round on Thursday. Vowing to pay homage to his golfing hero, Rickie opted to wear a pair of iconic Plus Fours with matching argyle socks which was, of course, the chosen look of Payne Stewart who won the US Open at Pinehurst in 1999. As we know, Payne passed away just four months later after the depressurization of his flight's cabin and we think it was a really nice touch for Fowler to pay tribute through his opening round outfit choice.
'Payne was one of my all time favorites...it's going to be fun remembering what he did around this place!' tweeted Rickie Fowler on Thursday, but we think Rickie might just be the new Payne Stewart. He's recognised the world over for his golfing style and is a hugely popular figure on the tour, just like Payne Stewart was. He might not have won a major yet, but three-time winner Stewart securedd his maiden title at the age of 32. Rickie is just 25 years of age and a level par opening round does his chances a lot of good this week!
The 2014 Players Champion blew away the field in his first round back in May and the Hugo Boss star did so once again at Pinehurst - shooting the lowest ever US Open round at the No 2 course. A three shot lead and a favourable draw for the second round (Kaymer is off in the morning after beneficial thunderstorms on Thursday evening) sets up a great opportunity for Kaymer to lead into the weekend. Kaymer wore the Paddy MK shirt for round one and we can't wait to see if he wears any shirts from the brand new Hugo Boss range for Fall 2014 - which is just starting to arrive online at Golfposer!
US Open championships are notoriously difficult to score low and the 73.23 scoring average is actually the lowest round average since 2003. 15 players shot under par on Thursday, with the man who could leapfrog Adam Scott into the world number one position being one of them. Henrik Stenson is widely considered to be 'due' a major victory and his opening round of 69 is certainly a good start.
25 year old Scott Langley is another tour golfer who has recently started wearing Hugo Boss and during round one he gave us a preview of the Fall 2014 range with the new Poinciana orange colour way. We love this fresh colour way which features heavily in the collection, with much more yet to come!
We love Graham DeLaet. Becoming increasingly iconic for his bearded look and effortless style, DeLaet wasn't quite as impressive on his way to a five over par round of 75 but at least he looked great in Tradewinds Puma golf trousers and purple Tech polo shirt!
Jonas Blixt and Rickie Fowler are both set to play the Scottish Open next month and both also gave us a preview of the Autumn/Winter range by Puma Golf yesterday. Both wearing Scuba Blue with the limited edition US Open inspired Biofusion golf shoes, Jonas struggled his way to seven over par and looks highly unlikely to emulate his excellent T2 finish at the Masters this year.
Graeme McDowell & Rory McIlroy
These two former US Open champions played together at Pinehurst on Thursday and both also put in solid rounds; GMac sits T2 at two under whilst McIlroy shot 71. Many have tipped these two for more glory and it will be exciting to see if either manages to contend come Sunday evening!
Englishman Paul Casey has been enjoying a long awaited return to form and he was on to something great around Pinehurst before a double bogey at his last hole (the 9th) brought him back to level par for the day. A great showing for the Nike athlete who will be looking to head the British charge into the weekend!
Another Nike athlete who is desperate to perform well in a bid to make the European Ryder Cup team is Francesco Molinari. An excellent round of 69 is a great start, but can he maintain it into the weekend with the Pinehurst course set to get even more difficult?
Since this is our Thursday 'highlights' from the US Open, we must mention Lee Westwood once more. He was quite literally a 'highlight' wearing that bright yellow shirt which got everyone talking at the US Masters once again - but it still looks no better on him unfortunately!