It’s not a huge surprise that at the final Major of the year, the British Open apparel scripting is very navy. With traditionally dreary weather conditions, Open Championship competitors will match their outfits with the dark skies. And with layering an integral part of planning for any golf played in the United Kingdom, darker shades can be easier to match rain gear and jackets to.
Luckily, some of the tour’s boldest, most stylish golfers like Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas will use these navy backdrops as an opportunity to use pops of colour and fun patterns. Adding bright details to a dark base colour is a safe way to add personality to an outfit, without creating a blinding look. We’ll see that incorporated by some of golf’s biggest apparel companies in our favourite looks for the British Open here:
Tiger Woods, Nike
Tiger Woods will stick with his non-traditional collar looks for the Open Championship, but switch up the design to match the metallic details that will be seen across the Nike athletes at the tournament. Nike’s reflective theme at the Open Championship was designed with the mantra “be seen, be heard” in mind. Woods will start the week out in a blue golf shirt (Nike Dri-FIT Tiger Woods Vapor Polo) with a reflective chest design, move to a black top on Friday, opt for white on Saturday. For the final round, Woods will return to his classic Sunday red Nike Dri-FIT Tiger Woods Vapor Top Mock.
Rickie Fowler, Puma
Celebrating 10 years with Puma, Rickie Fowler will debut the new X_Collection at Royal Portrush. According to the company, the X_Collection fuses progressive design with classic style, deriving inspiration from traditional fabrics and patterns of the British Isles, with Houndstooth detailing and a navy, green and white colour pallet that pays homage to the region where golf was born. Fowler will switch between a Houndstooth-inspired patterned golf shirt, Skerries Polo, and a retro pocket polo, the Donegal Polo. He’ll wear each shirt in both green and navy. Fowler will also wear a modern jogger golf pant (Atrim Pant, $110) during the third round for a fresh, refined look.
Justin Rose, Bonobos
Justin Rose will continue his superior-style year with Bonobos, bringing strong looks in a variety of themes. He’ll start out the week in a sleek all-black ensemble that’s edgy and means business. The 38-year-old will switch to a brighter blue-stripe M-Flex Flatiron Golf Polo heathered golf shirt with a not-quite-navy but still ultra-stylish blue pant (Highland Tough Golf Pant). Continuing on the gradually bolder path, Rose’s third-round ensemble consists of a white pant and navy floral-patterned top. Rose will end the week in a Rose-pattern golf shirt, as is tradition now for him.
Dustin Johnson, Adidas
World No.2 Dustin Johnson will stick to his comfortable blue colour palette at Royal Portrush, primarily in the Adidas Ultimate365 Gradient Polo. This golf shirt has a solid chest that is accented by distinct stripe patterns on the sleeves. This mixed pattern look is modern, athletic and adds a touch of style to Johnson, who typically dresses super traditionally.
Brooks Koepka, Nike
Sticking with the Nike reflective theme, Brooks Koepka will wear the Nike Men’s Vapor Reflective Golf Polo all four rounds at Royal Portrush. The solid-coloured golf shirt is accented by metallic side panels, adding a nice touch to the four-time Major winner’s shirt. Koepka’s shoes will certainly generate some buzz, as he’s set to wear custom Nike Tour Premiere Reflective Golf Shoes. A gold seam taping accents the metallic upper and royal chrome sole. The shoe is not currently for sale, but similar styles will be made available during the tournament so stay tuned for more information on the Nike Reflective Pack.
Jordan Spieth, Under Armour
Jordan Spieth’s looks for the final Major of the year are simple and classic, sticking to simple base colours and easy-to-match pieces. This allows his accessories to shine the brightest in his Open Championship scripting. Spieth’s limited-edition Spieth 3 Golf Shoes feature pops of gold and maroon on the primarily navy shoe – a nod to the Royal Portrush Golf Club logo. The shoe collar lining is inspired the iconic carpet pattern seen throughout the clubhouse. The shoe will be available in very limited quantities.
Justin Thomas, Ralph Lauren
As to be expected, Justin Thomas will wear some bold looks at the Open Championship. The highlight of his British Open apparel will be his final-round tartan pants. He’ll pair the plaid pants with a soft pink golf shirt (POLO GOLF Classic Fit Performance Polo) that will amp up 26-year-old’s look.