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Golf Fashion can be traced as far back as the 1500’s but fast forwarding to the 1990’s, what changes did we witness from the previous 20 years?

You only have to look at photos of Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller to get an understanding of what golf fashion was all about in the ’70s. Brown trousers, usually made of polyester, mock turtlenecks and houndstooth patterned shirts were in fashion.  

Enter the 1990’s and this is where we see the first examples of sponsored clothing in golf. One glance at footage of Tiger Woods in action during the ’90s will see him wearing mostly block colours but with the Nike logo on show. Tommy Hilfiger was another leading clothes manufacturer which got involved in golf fashion design in the ’90s with other sporting brands such as Head and Le Coq Sportif.

Speaking of Tiger Woods and as Professional golf reached new audiences thanks to the increase in live television coverage, his red shirt which he always wore on a Sunday quickly became famous. This led many amateur and recreational golfers to follow in the footsteps of Woods by wearing a red Nike shirt when in action on the golf course. With more and more people watching golf on television it became a great opportunity for clothes sponsorship.

However, the overall trend on the golf course, especially in the early 90’s was loose fitting attire. One could go as far to say the fashion was essentially baggy clothes. Tom Watson, Paul Azinger, Nick Price and Corey Pavin are all examples of golfers who wore clothes on the course that were often so baggy, they could fit inside them twice. The trousers especially were not the most flattering but that is not to say the players did not experiment with different colours. Whether it be bold block colours or stripes, polo style shirts were very much the rage, with smart collars and hemmed sleeves.

Despite the trend, there was one man who retained the vintage golf look throughout the 90’s until his sad death in 1999. Payne Stewart teamed plus fours and stockings with newsboy caps and he was a sight to behold on golf courses around the world.

In many ways it is a shame golfers in the 2000’s did not continue Stewart’s theme ( Bryson DeChambeau to some degree and tributes as the exception) but as we entered the new millennium, performance became paramount in golf fashion design. In comparison to the 90s, the garments were lighter and moisture-wicking, keeping the golfer cool and dry in hot conditions. The transition between the late ’90s and the early 2000s was when we saw the movement from clothing which was being worn by golfers and clothing which was being designed specifically for golfers. To check out some of our golf fashion items manufactured in South Africa using premium quality performance fabric designed for golf fashion trendsetters view our shop.

Between 2000 and 2010 especially, golfers started to wear clothes which were functional and designed for the sole purpose of playing golf. Several sports brands got involved in designing golf clothing, much of which was created to allow players to perform at their best, regardless of the conditions. Maximum golf performance was the overriding factor but things started to change again as we entered the next decade.

Baseball caps have become more common place, along with tapered fit trousers and polo shirts. Not only are these garments designed to allow players to reach maximum performance but they are designed to look good on the golf course. Some players choose to maintain a relaxed fit to their attire but that may have something to do with body shape rather than a dislike of the current golf fashion trends. The large belt buckle on show is another recent addition to the wardrobe of some golfers. Whereas golf sponsorship has been a big deal on hats for many years, the addition of sponsorship on belt buckles is something new and again coincides with television coverage.

Into 2020 and many of the leading golf fashion brands like to showcase what their players are wearing for every tournament, especially the majors. This includes footwear and some golfers, such as Rickie Fowler, for example, choose to wear golf shoes which look more like trainers or sneakers.

There is no doubt, over the past 30 years, golf fashion has changed dramatically. The increase in television exposure and in some respects the diversity of people playing the game have contributed to the current trends. Have you seen the J Warrior professional golfers and their golf fashion looks? If not, have a peek into the den for insights.

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The first 5 players to withdraw due to Covid-19

Just like every other professional sporting body in the world, The PGA Tour was hit by the coronavirus outbreak and though the PGA is back in action, Covid-19 is rearing its head close to home for the players. The Players Championship, which was due to begin on the 12th of March was cancelled and further tournaments were unable to be played. The PGA tour kicked off with the Charles Schwab Challenge on the 11th of June 2020.

It was a tremendous return to the fairways for Daniel Berger, who won his first PGA Tour title in three years. It was an exciting finish to the event which saw a playoff at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth. The playoff was between Berger and Collin Morikawa, the latter of which missed a par putt to hand the victory to his opponent. Berger’s win saw him rise in the Official World Golf Rankings, with Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and Jason Kokrak also enjoying a strong return to action.

The PGA Tour then moved to Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage. This tournament was due to take place in April but was moved due to COVID-19. Webb Simpson was the man to come out on top, winning his second PGA Tour title of the season. The American scored a back-nine 30 in the final round and that was enough to seal victory over Abraham Ancer, who was one shot behind in second place. The event saw another excellent performance by Daniel Berger, who finished T3 along with Tyrrell Hatton. Sergio Garcia was T5 with Joaquin Niemann and Brooks Koepka was 7th. The victory for Simpson was enough to see him move into the top five of the Official World Golf Rankings.

The players now move to TPC River Highlands, Cromwell for the 2020 Travelers Championship. This is set to be a tremendous tournament thanks to an extremely strong field. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose are among the bookmakers favourites to win this event.

During the course of this week there have been at least 5 withdrawals from the Travelers Championship due to Covid-19. Cameron Champ is the second golfer, after Nick Watney, on the Tour to test positive for the virus. Webb Simpson, Brooks Koepka and Graeme McDowell have also withdrawn as a precautionary measure due to their caddies testing positive for the virus.

The trend in this regard is not looking good and only time will tell what effect this has on other players who also decide to withdraw as a precaution in the fight against the virus as well as the effect it has on new rules the PGA is likely to implement.

A player who has a great record at this venue is Bubba Watson and he has three previous victories at TPC River Highlands. Watson finished 7th at Colonial and 52nd at RBC Heritage. The latter may not be a great result but his final round was strong and that makes Watson a serious contender for the 2020 Travelers Championship. DeChambeau will also be coming into this tournament with plenty of confidence and his statistics suggest a win is just around the corner.

Following the Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour goes to Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. This is another event which has been moved due to coronavirus and it will be only the second time it is played having join the PGA Tour last year. It has replaced the Quicken Loans National and the 2019 event was won by Nate Lashley. It was his first win on the PGA Tour and it would be a shock if he were to retain his title.

At the time of writing, it is unclear exactly who is going to be making up the field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Considering the lack of golf over the past three months, we are likely to see some of the biggest names in the world of golf at Detroit Golf Club. All of the charitable proceeds from this tournament go towards permanently ending Detroit’s digital divide by 2025, which is a great cause.

The PGA has undertaken to take stricter measures to curb the spread of the virus, so we will see in the coming days what the effects of all of this are and what the effect this has on other players on the tour.

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