Classic Open Outfits Through The Years

The Open has long been a time to showcase both your game and your wardrobe as these photos prove

Classic Open Outfits

The Open has long been a week to showcase not only your golfing prowess, but also the breadth and diversity of your wardrobe. Some classic Open outfits here

Classic Open Outfits Through The Years

Having just missed a tiddler to blow The Open the day before, a top-to-toe passion-fruit ensemble was hardly the outfit the flamboyant Doug Sanders should have chosen in the 1970 play-off if he was hoping to strike the fear of God into Jack Nicklaus, who had played with Tony Jacklin, in the final round. Nicklaus won.

Jack Nicklaus and Doug Sanders, Classic Open Outfits

Mr Lu won the heart of the British golfing public in the early 1970s with some sterling Open performances, a sense of sartorial adventure, and of course, that pork pie hat.

Mr Lu, Classic Open Outfits

The famous patterned Pringle number that helped 1987 champion, Sir Nick Faldo, churn out 18 consecutive pars to see off Paul Azinger at a murky Muirfield.

Nick Faldo, Classic Open Outfits

Lots of hair going on here for Mr & Mrs Norman at Royal St George’s in 1993, even before your eyes are drawn towards Greg’s extraordinary outfit. Still one of the finest closing rounds in a Major ever though…

Greg Norman, Classic Open Outfits

Perhaps unkind to suggest neither Jesper Parnevik nor Duffy Waldorf got the message to say 2003’s second-round fancy dress competition had been shelved. For while Duffy’s beach wear effort would surely have won top prize, Jesper’s upturned peak and Swedish style were actually partly responsible for setting a whole new golf fashion trend.

Jesper Parnevik & Duffy Waldorf, Classic Open Outfits

Union Jack trousers, matching shoes and a Per-Ulrik Johansson hat arrangement for Ian Poulter at Troon in 2004.

Ian Poulter, Classic Open Outfits

No classic Open outfits feature would be complete without Shingo Katayama’s hat, so here it is at Hoylake in 2006.

Shingo Katayama

Poulter decked out in Union Jack attire again at Turnberry in 2009, this time with the flag migrating north into a sleeveless cardi, with stylish tartan trousers completing the look.

Ian Poulter

Sergio appears to have forgotten what sport he’s playing at St Andrews in 2010, something which seems to have really tickled Ryo Ishikawa.

Ryo Ishikawa & Sergio Garcia

The final farewell that wasn’t. Tom Watson, resplendent in tartan-themed autumnal shades, with the obligatory Swilcan Bridge pose in 2010.

Tom Watson, Classic Open Outfits

And last but not least, big JD. John Daly has turned up in a wide variety of loud, and occasionally questionable, garments for the Open, but this pair of Norwegian flag trousers particularly caught our eye when sifting through the photos.

John Daly

Jeremy Ellwood
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

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