U.S.The Americans keeps it classy with their updated approach to standard striped polos and half-zip wind-shirts.EuropeThe home side hook up some bright and bold plaid trousers with simple solid layers on top.Result: Both teams came to practice with killer kits, so no blood.
Wednesday Practice Round
U.S.The Americans stay on trend with the engineered stripes and pull down the pop with some navy tonal looks. Another strong day in modernized classics from RLX.EuropeNot sure who dialed up the two-tone purple jumpers for the Euros, if they decided to show their team's true colors on Wednesday it could spell trouble on the road ahead.Result: The Europeans stumble stylistically, as the Americans take a 1-up lead.
Wednesday Gala Dinner
U.S.The Yanks showed up in clean and classic gray solid suits. The smartly styled, well-fitting gear was a strong opening play.EuropeIf the U.S. tried to get the best out of their basics, the Euros showed them how to rock elegant evening wear flawlessly with tartan velvet dinner jackets. High risk, high rewardResult: Euros square the match.
Thursday Practice Round/Players
U.S.The Americans continue to rock bold stripes in color-blocked reds, whites and blues and even threw in some retro pom-pom snow hats for the frostier morning temps. Another sharp, modern and athletic look.Europe:It's hard to knock the classics. The navy sweater and charcoal trouser coordination may be the safest set-up we've seen from the Euros so far. It's also the strongest.Result: Fortune still favors the bold at this stage of the game so Team USA wins the hole and takes a 1-up lead
Thursday Practice Round/Vice Captains
Anytime you're up against "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in any type of style showdown, you've got your work cut out for you. Unfortunately, Raymond Floyd just can't keep up with Miguel Angel Jimenez in the vice-captain run-off.Result: Jimenez takes one back for the Euros. All Square.
Thursday Opening Ceremony/Captains
While both Paul McGinley and Tom Watson looked great in their gear, we asked ourselves, in how many other sports does the coach wear the same uniform as their players? Watson's pinstripe suit worked well with his team's wardrobe but set him apart from the men he's coaching this week. There's certainly no doubt Watson's steering the ship for the U.S. this week and that's a smart play for the skipper.Result: Watson stands out in stripes and grabs a point to put the U.S. back to 1 up.
Thursday Opening Ceremony/Players
U.S.The Americans paid homage to Scotland in black-watch sport coats paired with charcoal trousers. It looks sharp and fit well. A bold play and a strong showing for the visiting team.EuropeThe Euros cued up equally spirited sport coats for the opening shindig, as well and also pulled off their plaids with strong success.Result: The players halve this hole, so the U.S. takes a 1-up lead entering Friday four-balls.
U.S.Team USA goes back to the Belfry with throwback trophy sweaters first worn by the Americans in 1993 during the team's last victorious run on foreign soil.EuropeThe Euros also channeled some old-school looks with their asymmetrical vertical strip sweaters in blue and white.Result: Both teams battled cold conditions and rocked retro rigs confidently on the first day of the actual competition, so call it a push. The Euros may head into Saturday's play with the on-course lead, but the U.S. still holds a slim 1-up advantage on the style scoreboard.
U.S.The Team USA unis continue to give nods to the classics while still managing to look cool and contemporary. The RL flag sweater is one of the brand's most iconic pieces and the black-watch tartan is as old as the game itself. It was a balanced look for the U.S. boys all day Saturday ... at least from a sartorial standpoint.EuropeUnlike their cool retro rigs from Friday, the Euros brought out some pretty basic get-ups for Saturday's matches. The navy slacks and white windbreakers looked ordinary even if the team's play was anything but.Result: Team USA brings home some more style points with their blues and black-watch Saturday, goes 2 up on this style scoreboard. Hopefully the red pants the U.S. has in store for Sunday brings them some more match-play luck than the previous day's kits. They're gonna need all the help they can get to mount a mighty enough final-day charge.
U.S.More strong style for the Americans as they made a bold red, white and blue statement with red corduroys and navy tops. The guys looked great all day and held heads high even as the Ryder Cup slipped from reach.EuropeGray trousers and blue asymmetrical banded sleeve sweaters offered the Euros another simple but effective look. The champs were clearly the more conservatively clad side the entire week.Final result: Both teams looked great all week. Fits have really come a long way, and it's not easy to make men of all shapes and sizes look their best, as both sides managed to do. Unlike on the course, the U.S. walks away with a slender 2-up style win. No doubt the Euros will be looking for revenge in two years at Hazeltine National.