Tuesday’s Ryder Cup crowds flocked around Justin Timberlake at every tee, snapped cellphone photos of Bill Murray putting near the clubhouse, and watched a few pros play a practice round.
But another part of the entertainment at the Ryder Cup is people-watching. With thousands of spectators mulling around Medinah Country Club all day, it’s easy to spot some fashion risk-takers mixed in among the golf shirt-and-khakis crowd.
Spotted at Tuesday’s celebrity and practice rounds were American flag pants, high heels, Scottish kilts and bright colors — the latter of which is a big trend in golf apparel now.
Bold colored golf clothes, including 1980s neon yellow, pink and green, are hot sellers, along with spikeless shoes (made popular by pro Freddie Couples), according to Katie Birger, merchandise manager of the 32,000-square-foot Golfsmith store in Schaumburg. It’s one of three enormous golf apparel stores in a one-mile stretch along, yes, Golf Road.
“White is always in style ... but the bright neon color is definitely ‘in’ right now. Even the more traditional golfer is going into it a little bit,” Birger said. “It might not be a bright pink, but a bright green, or bright blue, or something that pops. It might be gray pants with a white belt and bright colored shirt. I would probably say that’s what 80 percent of the golfing world wears.”
You’ll see that, and more, this week at the Ryder Cup. Just remember, if you’re going Sunday, wear red in support of Team USA.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.