Classic USPGA Outfits Over the Years

These players have added a touch of colour and style to recent USPGAs

Classic USPGA Outfits Over the Years

The year's second Major has often provided the perfect catwalk for the fashion-conscious golfer over the years. 8 classic USPGA outfits here...

Classic USPGA Outfits Over the Years

In its new May slot, the 2019 USPGA Championship takes place on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park Golf Course

Brooks Koepka is the defending champion this year as he won his third Major at Bellerive Country Club at the tail-end of last year.

Here are some classic outfits we've seen down the years...

Classic USPGA Outfits Over the Years

Payne Stewart

Payne Stewart sporting the colours of the Chicago Bears en route to victory in 1989

Payne Stewart sporting the colours of the Chicago Bears en route to victory in 1989

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Payne Stewart had a contract with the NFL to sport the colours of the team closest to that week’s tournament venue. The 1989 USPGA was played at Kemper Lakes, Illinois and a combination of a very strong finish by Stewart and a late collapse by Mike Reid paved the way to him claiming the first of his three Majors sporting the colours of the Chicago Bears. The first of our classic USPGA outfits.

Colin Montgomerie

Monty's natty little Pringle number was not enough to match Steve Elkington

Monty's natty little Pringle number was not enough to match Steve Elkington

Monty, sporting a Pringle shirt that must have looked good at the time, congratulates Steve Elkington in 1995 at Riviera after the Aussie holed a long putt to deny the Scot in a playoff, one of several Major near misses for Monty.

Tiger Woods

Final-day red with a twist for Tiger in 1999

Final-day red with a twist for Tiger in 1999

Plain red would become Tiger’s trademark final-day colour, but when he claimed the first of his four USPGAs at Medinah in 1999 there was a little more going on than just straight red.

Shingo Katayama

Shingo came close to victory in 2001, eventually finishing 4th

Shingo came close to victory in 2001, eventually finishing 4th

Shingo Katayama never fails to deliver on the style front, but in 2001 at Atlanta Athletic Club he challenged strongly for the title too, leading after round two and going on to finish 4th.

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Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter switched the Union Jack for the Stars and Stripes in 2004

Ian Poulter switched the Union Jack for the Stars and Stripes in 2004

Ian Poulter switched allegiance in Whistling Straits’ first USPGA in 2004 with these striking ‘Stars and Stripes’ trousers.

Jesper Parnevik

Jesper Parnevik has never been afraid to make a fashion statement

Jesper Parnevik has never been afraid to make a fashion statement

Jesper Parnevik mixes orange and pink with a slightly stern face during the 2004 USPGA.

Rickie Fowler

Rickie has never shied away from colour, even when the hair was much longer

Rickie has never shied away from colour, even when the hair was much longer

The hair was longer and the cap perhaps just a tad bigger when Rickie Fowler contested his first USPGA at Whistling Straits in 2010.

John Daly

John Daly still looked the part during last year's missed cut

John Daly looking the part

John Daly’s famous overswing and mullet were pretty much the same as in his remarkable win at Crooked Stick in 1991.

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Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

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 across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. 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 well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

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Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

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Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

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