A bit of flare at the Ryder Cup as the US team show off bizarre outfits
The U.S. Ryder Cup team did not impress the fashion police as they arrived at Cardiff airport yesterday dressed in outfits resembling something out of a 1970s sitcom.
The dress-code was intended to give the impression of university professors, but somewhere something went terribly wrong: ‘What’s the disco deal with those flared bottoms? It’s very John Travolta. I don’t think he had anything to do with selecting the team’s outfits but he could have worn them.’ said Marty Hackel, a veteran US golf fashion writer.
The outfits were created by the wife of U.S. captain Corey Pavin, Lisa, who attempted a ‘retro-inspired, vintage look’.
The shades worn on an overcast day did not add much to the look either.
Among criticism there is still agreement that the vintage look is an improvement on what the team has been seen sporting at previous events. When arriving at Dublin some four years ago, the team wore ‘something that’s been taken out of the attic, complete with mothballs’ according to celebrity stylist Ceril Campbell. The outfit then consisted of tweed jackets, trousers and Fair Isle tops, all in varying shades of brown.
And in 1999 the team t-shirts were apparently ‘so ugly’ that Tiger Wood ended up burning his after the tournament.
The U.S. team is not alone in its fashion faux pas. European captain Colin Montgomerie has also been mocked for his navy blue blazer, tie and grey trousers: “He looked like he’s selling Pavin insurance,” Hackel said.