By John Ekdahl
A lot has been made of the under-30 group of golfers at this year’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. You’ll find them all over the top of the leaderboard, but they’re also leading a quiet revolution of the traditional golf slacks and standard polo shirt attire that we’ve all become accustomed to. From Dustin Johnson’s flat-brimmed baseball cap to Rory McIlroy’s bushy hair to Hunter Mahan’s thick surfer-style sunglasses to Anthony Kim’s signature belt buckles to Adam Scott’s pastels, the younger players are bringing much more individuality and personality as a whole than players of the previous generation.
There’s always been some standouts over the years, however. Gary Player always wore black. Boo Weekley seems to work in camo and hunting orange into most of his outfits. Ian Poulter is not only a professional golfer, but also a fashion designer. John Daly’s pants have gotten a lot of attention recently, but that’s been more of a marketing gimmick than anything else. And of course, there’s Payne Stewart.
My guess is that when the Ryder Cup rolls around later this year, the 20-somethings will have a major influence on the style of the uniforms.