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Country-music guitarist helps create music-inspired golf clothing line

loop-sligo-JD-Jaggerr-rooney-350.jpgProfessional golfer Brian Gay is a huge country-music fan. Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney is an avid golfer. Inevitably, the two became friends, and it led to a partnership that was realized through Gay's clothing sponsor, Sligo Wear.

At the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last February, Gay and Sligo debuted a line of golf clothes for men and boys. Designed by Rooney, the line is inspired by and named for his son, Jagger (shown with dad in the photo). The shirts feature a musical motif with a guitar pick and strings forming an argyle pattern and a rendering of 6-year-old Jagger Rooney's signature.

The men's line (shirts, $79; shorts, $85) and boys' line (shirts, $50; shorts, $70) feature similar patterns, so the little ones can look like their dads on the course. Here's a link to check them out.

A portion of the proceeds of all Jagger apparel is donated to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

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Yes, there is such a thing as performance golf socks

Performance golf socks might not be a product you ever thought you'd be in the market for, but hear us out. Kentwool already has a strong following among tour pros who need to be discerning about what they wear on their feet given they spend all day on them while at work. The company's new KW series builds on the company's reputation while address a new niche in the market.

With sneaker and spikeless shoes continuing to trend on the course, Kentwool's KW are thinner socks with a more responsive in-shoe feel for softer soles. While still wind spun from Kentwool's proprietary merino-wool base, the KW is also blended with bamboo fibers to give the thinner sock the company's standard level of strength and durability. Sure, $20 a pop sounds steep but, they'll outlast the rest of your cotton and acrylic socks in for sure. In fact, try keeping your feet warm and dry this fall with the KW Kentwools and you may never go back to cotton on the course again.

Kentwool KW Series socks, $20.95
shop.kentwool.com

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Lacoste has some surefire fall looks with its City Golf collection

Lacoste recently launched City Golf, a capsule collection of classic golf styles in a focused assortment of sharp shades meant to reflect a cool and clean metropolitan aesthetic.

Take or leave the design inspiration for what you will, the men's and women's city golf collections -- built on a few polos, a couple of knitwear pieces and some bottoms -- feel like a surefire fall kit that you can rotate on and off the course all season long. The simple, solid selection is coordinated to work with each piece in the collection, but all the Lacoste looks in the City capsule should pair perfectly with your favorite fall go-tos, too. The smart, sophisticated styles check all the necessary basic boxes, yet small detail updates and interesting fabrics elevate this concept to a cut above your standard gear.

Check out some of our favorite men's and women's pieces below, all available at lacoste.com/us/city-golf.

Men's
Navy Micro Print Polo
, $120

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Light Gray Honeycomb Open Weave Polo with Stand Up Collar, $120

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Navy Print Banded Sweater, $250

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Gray/Blue Knit Trouser, $175

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Women's
Tan Merino Turtle Neck
, $150

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Burgundy Long Placket Polo, $89.50

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Charcoal A-Line Sweater Skirt, $125

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Navy Padded Puffer Vest, $295

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The outfits American fans are wearing at the Ryder Cup are nothing if not patriotic

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- It's been a road game this week for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, but they have not been without their supporters. A hearty lot of American fans have made their presence felt at Gleneagles. OK, so maybe you haven't heard them all that much -- in case you haven't been paying attention, there hasn't been a lot to cheer for to this point. They've certainly been seen, however, typically adorned in some iteration of red, white and blue splendor.

The outfits have varied from clever to cliched, tasteful to tacky. Here are some of the ones that  caught our eye, for better or worse.

Tall stocking cap

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Practical (it's been windy and a tad bit cold) but doesn't win over fans who are standing behind you.

American flag costume

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Got to love the patriotic pride, even if it's a little on the gaudy side. We give him extra credit though for having the flag signed by several members of the U.S. team.

American flag polo shirt

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Yeah, you guys tried, but the effort comes up a little short.

Vikings fans

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Wrong sport fellas. It's golf not football.

Shorts and socks

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Not bad … the matching socks help raise the grade here.

Bundled up

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Who let Birdman crash the Ryder Cup party? Seriously, this American toboggan hat is way cool.

Star-studded Blazer

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Love this. It's a nice dressed-up look without being over the top.

Dr. Seuss hats

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These bros seemed to lack creativity … and sleep.

American kilt guys

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Just plain awesome. It respects the hosts but showed their true allegiance and without looking too gaudy.

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Those U.S. sweaters look familiar for a reason


What's the deal with those retro sweaters the U.S. team debuted Friday morning at Gleneagles?

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They're a variation of the sweaters the U.S. team wore in 1993 at the Belfry -- which, in addition, to being Tom Watson's last turn as U.S. captain, was the last time the U.S. won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil.

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Watson wanted to bring that image back, so he specifically asked Polo create it as inspiration. The intarsia sweaters, made of merino wool and perfect for the Scottish weather, were kept under wraps until Friday morning.

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What goes into designing the U.S. Ryder Cup uniforms? David Lauren explains

David Lauren is executive V.P. for global advertising, marketing and corporate communications at Ralph Lauren, which has outfitted Team USA at this year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. We spoke with him last week for Golf Digest Stix about the process of creating the U.S. apparel, outerfear and accessories. Here is an extended version of that Q&A.

Golf Digest Stix: What's the main challenge in designing a lineup for an entire team?

Lauren: The team aspect is what differentiates the Ryder Cup from other premier golf events. Our focus is on meeting the needs of the players and delivering products that are not only functional but something that unites them and gives them a sense of pride.

Golf Digest Stix: When did you and your team start working up options?

Lauren: Over a year ago. After completing sketches, we spent months perfecting the technical elements. We continuously met with Tom Watson and the PGA of America, and once we all felt confident, we went into production. Then it was time to start fitting the players. We identified the top 25 U.S. players and had personalized fittings with each so everything would fit flawlessly when it came time for the Ryder Cup.

Golf Digest Stix: How many items did the PGA ask you to provide?

Lauren: We wanted to provide the players with more than enough options to perform their best while on the course. The full collection includes shirts, pants and sweaters, as well as a variety of outerwear. And this year marks the first time in Ryder Cup history the entire collection is available for purchase, which is great.

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Golf Digest Stix: With the outfits you choose for Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see above), how many alternative ideas were drawn up but ultimately rejected?

Lauren: We created three options for each day, and though we liked them all, we had our favorites. The Watson team pick-ed the top suggestion on every account.

Golf Digest Stix: How much does the event itself and the gravitas that the Ryder Cup holds impact the look you were trying for?

Lauren: The rich heritage and tradition [of the Ryder Cup] have been embraced by some of the greatest players golf has ever seen. We wanted the U.S. team uniforms to reflect that vision by creating something that embodies the spirit of America and pays homage to the host country. We created the Black Watch plaid in green and navy as a nod Scotland. We used patriotic red, white and blue color blocking into each look and incorporated a band of 12 stars into the shoulder to signify the importance of each player. As a final touch, we embroidered the words "United We Stand" into the shirts as a nod to Captain Tom Watson's strong leadership.

Golf Digest Stix: Captains have famously, and sometimes infamously, played a role in the design process. How did Tom contribute?

Lauren: Anytime Tom Watson is on your team, you've won. His passion, professionalism, attention to detail and leadership are unparalleled. He took product testing to a new level and even wore each of the jackets in the shower to see how they would hold up in bad weather.

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Hits and misses from the last decade of Ryder Cup style

It's a tall task to outfit your nation's Ryder Cup squad. Captains and players come in all shapes and sizes and bring their own stance on style to the table. We take a look back at U.S. Ryder Cup clothing over the last 10 years and review some of the links looks they'll rock this year as they try to turn the tide against the Euros at Gleneagles.

2004 -- Oakland Hills

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Oh my how fit has come so far. If you told me that the Ryder Cup clothing strategy in 2004 was "one size fits all" I'd believe you. For those of you who still think baggier clothes make you look smaller, I'm not sure what else I can say.

2006 -- The K Club

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Sweater vests were trending in 2006 and seem to be a staple in U.S. Ryder Cup wear as far back as we can tell. Why, I'm not really sure.

2008 -- Valhalla

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Sleepy styles were infused with tons of U.S. energy from a team that overpowered the Euros in 2008 at Valhalla. Justin Leonard's black-and-white argyle polo and AK's khakis are pretty pedestrian but hey, we haven't seen a W for the US since so I'm letting this all slide.

2010 -- Celtic Manor

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Fashionable, maybe? Functional, certainly not. The baseball jacket struck out in foul weather in 2010 and half the team went so far as to cut the sleeves off of their slickers because they were so uncomfortable. We're all for breaking away from the standard red, white and blues but the purple cardigan and pinstripe trousers had Rickie Fowler looking as confused as we were.

2012 -- Medinah

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Ralph Lauren modernizes classic golf gear in 2012. Striped polos and sweater vests manage to make an appearance on both squads throughout the last decade, and RLX executes a modern twist on some of the game's standard styles.

2014 -- Gleneagles

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Ralph Lauren continues to pay homage to classic links looks while still modernizing some of the game's standard styles. Black-watch tech tartan trousers and engineered, color-blocked striped polos will make a strong statement for the U.S. team in 2014. This Sunday, we'll see if the men in the red trousers will be the ones hoisting this year's trophy. ... Read
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How you can be a Mr. Fancy Pants like Billy Horschel

The $13 million man, Billy Horschel, has certainly made a name for himself over the last few weeks, but the kid's been picking up serious style points ever since he came out on tour.

In 2014, Horschel turned the volume up to 11 when he started serving up all sorts of bold bottoms over the weekends. Through the course of the year we've seen the FedEx Cup Champ look like a stud in everything from octopuses to electric plaids, and if you're trying to pick up on some of his sartorial swag, here's how to start:

1. Nail the Fit.
Whether you're wearing corduroys or camouflage, fit is the most important metric of style. Take your trousers to a tailor if they don't fit you comfortably in the waist, seat and thighs. Make sure they break just on top of your shoes; if you can't see your socks when you crouch to read a putt your pants are too long.

2. Party on the Bottom, Business on Top.
Nothing in your look should fight for attention. If you're wearing a louder look on the bottom, make sure your shirt, shoes and hat all stay on the simple, solid side.

3. Why So Serious?
It's sad enough watching grown men have mental breakdowns mid-round but, there's nothing funnier than seeing a dude in purple pants smash a 7-iron into the turf in frustration. If you decide to work some lighter brighter bottoms into your game, try to reflect that sentiment around your track, too. Who knows, a little levity may just do more for your move than you think.

Check out 5 of our favorite below the belt style statements here:

Nike Navy Muted Camo
$99
nike.com

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RLX Green Frog Floral Print
$125
ralphlauren.com

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Puma Orange Sport Lux 5 Pocket
$85
cobragolf.com/pumagolf

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J. Lindeberg White Geo Camo Print
$135
fairwaystyles.com

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$118
bonobos.com

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A suit designed for bigger-bodied dudes

Size is subjective. The same way your pitching wedge is 4 degrees stronger than the one you had in your bag in the 1990s, your standard-size 40 regular suit you wore on your first job interview measures completely differently than the one hanging in your closet now.

Just as short irons got stronger, suits have also gotten slimmer. We're totally buying the slimmed-down silhouettes. They make guys with regular builds look leaner and feel more comfortable everywhere from the boardroom to the bar. That said, they can leave bigger bodied dudes either looking like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy or swimming in a suit that fits them in the shoulders but nowhere else.

Enter J. Crew's new Crosby suit. Based off the company's slim-fit standard Ludlow block, the Crosby maintains all the aesthetics of today's modern suit with a shorter jacket, slightly narrower lapel and flat-front trouser. It specifically buys your big man some room where it counts: across the shoulders, down the sleeve and around the thigh. The result is a sharp fitting, classic suit built for the bruiser.

In fact, J. Crew was so confident in its kits, which can be found on the company's website, that it used the New York Knights, New York City's semi-pro Rugby team, to model the new threads.

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I mean if these guys wearing it, we're pretty sure the Crosby, available in two seasonal cloths and two basic for $650, can handle whatever you plan to put one through.


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Photos courtesy of J. Crew

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Lifestyle Looper: 3 simple ways to look thinner without losing weight

In a perfect world we would all eat healthier and exercise more. But the world isn't exactly perfect, and the stresses of daily life mixed with the ebb and flow of your social schedule can make getting down to your fighting physique challenging to say the least. (Plus, how many of us are actually built like Adam Scott anyway?) Whether you're trying to drop a few LBs or just look your best with what you've got, how you dress can have a major impact on the guy you see in the mirror no matter what the scale says.

Angel Cabrera looks a lot more like most of the guys I see on the weekend-warrior tours than Adam Scott. During the 2014 season, Cabrera's weight fluctuated five to 10 pounds, but he looked better than in years past thanks to some simple style choices.


Angel Cabrera Summer 2013

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Throughout his summer swing in 2013, Cabrera rocked some typical tour pro looks: a solid polo, white belt and a pleated trouser.


Angel Cabrera Summer 2014

By 2014 a few minor fit and fabric adjustments made for quite the dapper Duck …

1. Shorten The Sleeves -- A slightly slimmer and shorter sleeve on even the most classic cuts makes for a more modern look and adds shape to the torso.

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2. Ditch The White Belt -- A white belt with a dark shirt and trouser bisects your body and attracts attention to your midsection. No matter what color your strap is, make sure to match it to your shirt and/or your trousers to smooth out a longer, leaner look.

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3. Pass on the Pleats -- Here's an area where Cabrera can still improve. Those pleats just add fabric around his waist and legs that make him look bigger than he is. 

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