While there have been dozens of candidates to be the “next Tiger Woods” over the last decade, Rory McIlroy actually had both the iconic game … and the iconic style to back it up. He dressed in a way that was charismatic yet traditional. A signature shock of curly waves underneath a traditional Titleist hat. Crisp, two button shirts with basic patterns and minimal logos. Slacks that hung perfectly over Footjoy Icon shoes. No iced-out belt buckles or backwards sunglasses for this guy. He had little reason to make some of-the-moment flashy statement, because his game did the talking.
But to our disappointment, golf’s next great showed up to Tiger’s tournament in California this week looking like a different person.
Bleached blonde hair, sunglasses that look like they’re intended for snowboarders, garishly loud trousers. He had obviously signed with Oakley, who boasts the most foolish looking line of clothes in golf. Zip up shirts, brash geometric patterns, clunky shoes. With the many international players winning the style game (Camillo Villegas, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter), we expected “Rors” as he’s called, to fall perfectly in line. We certainly didn’t expect him to go the sad style route of Rickey Barnes.
Perhaps you think we’re foolish to cover such a superficial topic. But when we think about our favorite golfing icons – Ben Hogan and his flat billed caps, Arnie with his muscle shirts and hitch-worthy pants, Tiger with his single swoosh logo – their style was part of the magic.
Here’s hoping Rory figures that out, too.