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The complete evolution of Rory McIlroy's hat

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

HOYLAKE, England -- Rory McIlroy all but cemented his status as a secret American on Tuesday at the British Open, wearing what can only be described as a flat brimmish-style hat (he's not the only one to make the transition).

But it turns out, this is just the latest in a series of tweaks Rory has made to his headwear since bursting onto the golf scene. Here's a brief history of some of the major trends in Rory McIlroy's headwear through the years:

2014

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Rory's officially on flat brim watch. Notice that the swoosh is slightly larger than normal, too. A key indicator.

2013

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His first year with a Nike hat was pretty uneventful. Very corporate-chic.

2012

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The bill of the Jumeirah hat looks a little crooked.

2011

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Rory sported the mesh trucker hat for a while. It was all the rage back in 2011.

2010

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Let's be real: this era of Rory McIlroy headwear was more about hair control.

2009

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Is that hat wrinkled? That hat kind of looks wrinkled.

2008

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Rory went hatless for a while in 2008, and while it probably felt liberating to let that curly fro fly, it probably wasn't the most pragmatic choice.

2007

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Apparently wary of the tyranny of the normal hats, Rory McIlroy tested a visor at one point. It didn't stick.

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