The Four Categories of Fashionable Males You’ll See at Every Golf Tournament

Words by our resident country club correspondent Jim Ryan.
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↵I once heard someone say at a golf tournament that you can spot the European players all the way down the fairway because of the way they dress. Indeed, it seems that most golfers can be grouped into one of four distinct sartorial classifications. Here they are, and what they can tell you about a golfer. ↵

↵Look: The gentleman jock ↵ ↵

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↵Prime example: Tiger Woods ↵

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↵Other examples: Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Anthony Kim ↵

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↵Typical clothier: Nike ↵

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↵Common accessories: Swooshes, biceps, top-20 ranking ↵

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↵Key characteristics: The gentleman jock is usually dressed pretty well -- often in dark slacks and a bright shirt. However, function is as important as form. These golfers wear fabrics that “maximize evaporation” and use “comfort technology for reduced bulk and weight.” It helps to be fit when rocking this look, as the clothes tend to be trim but not tight. ↵

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↵Look: The prep ↵ ↵

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↵Prime example: Davis Love III ↵

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↵Other examples: Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Lorena Ochoa ↵

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↵Typical clothier: Polo ↵

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↵Common accessories: Saddle shoes, visor, Rolex sponsorship ↵

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↵Key characteristics: The look most commonly associated with golf, it ↵includes lots of pastels, argyle, sweater vests and animal emblems on ↵shirts. Relatively classic (and expensive), it can be pulled off by ↵players both young and old. ↵

↵Look: The international ↵ ↵

↵Prime example: Camilo Villegas ↵

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↵Other examples: Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Shingo Katayama ↵

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↵Typical clothier: J. Lindberg ↵

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↵Common accessories: Bad hair, white belt, legions of female fans ↵

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↵Key characteristics: These golfers’ clothes are tight and bright. There’s a high degree of color coordination -- often, the putter grip even matches the player’s shirt (I wish I were joking). Your average American duffer would look fairly ridiculous in these threads, and they probably violate his country club’s dress code in some manner. ↵

↵Look: The "who cares? I’m golfing" ↵ ↵

↵Prime example: Chad Campbell ↵

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↵Other examples: Steve Stricker, Boo Weekley, Ben Curtis ↵

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↵Typical clothier: Again, who cares? ↵

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↵Common accessories: Beer gut, male pattern baldness, lack of recognition from casual fans ↵

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↵Key characteristics: The preferred look of the American everyman, it typically includes plain, baggy pants and shirts. In Weekley's case, camouflage may be incorporated. These players dress for comfort and let their golf do the talking. They're all rich and have hot wives anyway, so who cares how they look on the course? ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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