Glenmuir's Ryder Cup clothing diary

Glenmuir - the European Ryder Cup team's clothing and knitwear supplier - is celebrating after 15 months of hard work came to the perfect end as Europe defeated the USA at Medinah Country Club

Glenmuir's 15 months of hard work came to a brilliant climax on Sunday as Jose Maria Olazabal's European Ryder Cup side triumphed at Chicago's Medinah Country Club after a stunning final-day comeback.

The European team's clothing and knitwear for the 39th Ryder Cup was designed and crested by Glenmuir, including the Sunday singles outfits, which carried the embroidery 'Seve Ballesteros: 1957-2011', five stars signifying the Spaniard's five major triumphs and the famous Seve first-pump silhouette.

Glenmuir employs more than 80 people, any many of them were directly involved in the company's biggest logistical exercise from its base in Lanark, Scotland. 'A Diary of Design'

June 2011 - Glenmuir's Managing Director and Design Manager, Colin Mee and Ann Miller, meet the European Tour to discuss a design overview. August 2011 - The idea is born to clothe the European players in dark blue sweaters, trousers and white shirts for the Sunday singles in honour of the great Seve.

September 2011 - Designs are presented to The European Tour and Jose Maria Olazabal.

December 2011 - Prototype clothing samples are presented to both parties and general styling is agreed and finalised.

January 2012 - Fabric and yarn is sourced and orders are confirmed.

May 2012 - It is agreed the players' left sleeves will house the tribute to Seve. Fittings take place with some payers at Wentworth even though the European team hasn't yet been cast in stone.

June 2012 onwards - With designs finalised, Glenmuir orders the vast quantities of shirts and knitwear. Once it arrives, cresting is carried out at its HQ in Lanark.

September 2012 - The Ryder Cup gets underway and players are given an official printed wardrobe handout, showing exactly what should be worn on each day. September 30 - Europe triumph in one of the greatest Ryder Cups of all time, with all the team wearing Glenmuir clothing.

Glenmuir has been making golf wear since 1891 and was last month awarded a special plaque commemorating 25 years of suppling the European Ryder Cup team.

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Nick Bonfield
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x