My Five: Best Dressed Golfers

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My Five: Best Dressed Golfers

November 22, 2010

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Tommy BoltBolt benefited from forming his fashion sense in the '30s and '40s, the golden age of golf clothing, when top players were fitted with the finest fabrics by custom tailors. Lean and well proportioned at 6 feet, 165 pounds, with rugged features, Bolt's wardrobe of tropical weight wool, alpaca, cashmere and Egyptian cotton always fit with the perfect drape, billowing and unfurling in all the right places. Bolt liked exotic colors, but always stayed short of ostentation. Born poor in Oklahoma, clothes were transformative for Bolt, who once wrote, "Ever since I could afford the best, I put the best on my back."

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Fred CouplesAlways unassuming but never ordinary, Couples combines good looks with an unerring sense for what's right for him. In the early '90s, he almost singlehandedly established the long-enduring (and much maligned) school of loosely-fitted cotton shirts and plain khaki pants, somehow staying neat and crisp in stuff that tended to sag on everyone else. Couples has made only subtle changes in his look, but it all continues to work because his clothes hang on the kind of classic athletic build that mannequins are modeled after, and is carried along by the easy walk and confident cool that is the essence of style.

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Nick FaldoTall, with broad shoulders, a narrow waist and a Harrison Ford mug, Faldo would look good in anything. But I particularly liked the signature Pringle line he wore in his prime, which featured sweaters with daring geometric patterns and bold colors. It might have been garish on someone else, but Faldo owned it with urbanity and confidence. Faldo outdressed fellow pros off the course as well, and still cuts a dashing figure at tournament sites during his downtime away from the booth.

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Tom WeiskopfThe way he held himself so upright always made Tom Weiskopf seem bigger than 6-foot-3, and helped the classic clothing he wore stand out that much more. Mentored by Bolt in the ways of fashion, when the strapping Weiskopf strode a British Open links in a richly-hued cashmere sweater, it's doubtful a more photogenic golfer ever lived. Too often the brooding "Towering Inferno," Weiskopf in victory seemed illuminated by his outfits, a perfect example of men's designer Alan Flusser's belief that "the face is the destination to which one's attire should escort the beholder's attention."

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Adam ScottA throwback who despite being part of the New Breed, has not given in to the skin-tight shirts, low-rise pants and day-glow colors that other young players have conformed to. Scott somehow doesn't fall prey to the tyranny of the logo and never looks like he's wearing a company uniform. Although undeniably handsome, what takes Scott to the top of just about any informal poll of females picking their favorite golfer is his good taste in what he wears and the way he wears it.

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