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Ten shocking golf fashion faux pas

| 26.09.2012

Golf is considered an elegant and stylish sport – but sometimes some of the game’s best players get it drastically wrong in the fashion stakes.

Some truly horrendous sights have been witnessed on courses around the world.

Fresh from naming and shaming the eight worst Premier League shirts ever, the Ladbrokes fashion police are back with 10 eye-catching golfing outfits to get you in the mood for a colourful Ryder Cup.


John Daly 

A genuine contender for the worst-dressed sportsperson ever, Daly must have taken inspiration from Timmy Mallet for this particular neon combo. It’s hard to believe that the American is nearly 50.


Rory Sabbatini

If there’s one thing you rarely see on a golf course it’s a blinged-up belt buckle. Sabbatini, though, is something of a fashion maverick judging by the skull piece that he wore during the 2008 US Open. It really combines well with the camouflage shirt.


Ian Poulter

Poulter, an 8/1 shot to be top European point scorer at this year’s Ryder Cup, has been guilty of making more fashion faux pas than Jodie Marsh. Even so, pairing together a shiny metallic bronze shirt and brown trousers at the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic must rank as one of his most-memorable wardrobe malfunctions.


Jesper Parnevik

There are not many people in the world that can pull off a mint green t-shirt, white belt, aqua marine pants and white shoes with a green trim – and Parnevik certainly didn’t at the 2005 PGA Championship.


Woody Austin

It’s always a risky fashion tactic to wear clothes with a flag on. Just ask Austin. The American showed his patriotic side at the 2008 Buick Open in a shirt that almost resembles a Magic Eye puzzle.


The 1999 US Ryder Cup team

Hosts United States may have edged the ‘Battle of Brookline’ to win the 1999 Ryder Cup, but they definitely lost the fight to look most sophisticated. The brown picture board t-shirt was that bad that Tiger Woods later revealed: “I threw it in the fireplace over Christmas and burned it. It was sooo ugly.”


Payne Stewart

Stewart, who passed away in 1999, was a real colourful character on the course and turned plenty of heads with this particular canary yellow and blue outfit. The two-time US Open winner was never afraid to make a bold fashion statement.


Duffy Waldorf

Going by what Waldorf wore during the 2002 British Open, the American appeared all set for a day lounging on the beach soaking up a few rays – not pounding the fairways and greens of Muirfield golf club in Scotland.


Y.E. Yang

You don’t have to be Gok Wan to know that putting together luminous orange, blue and white produces a real eye sore. This riot of colour surely has no place on a golf course.


Jason Gore

Think of black and white chequered pants and the first thing that probably springs to mind is a group of chefs wearing them in a hectic kitchen, or a Madness video from the 1980s. Gore’s Baggy Trousers were undoubtedly One Step Beyond the norm.



Sumit Lakhina

After graduating from Middlesex University, Sumit has gone on to write for several large websites. A particularly keen Cricket and Tennis fan, Sumit has an in-depth encyclopedic knowledge of Cricket and its array of statistics and records.