At the final major of the year, the world's best golfers each have something to prove. Some are looking for a Ryder Cup bid, others collecting FedEx Cup points, but one of the biggest challenges at Bellerive was navigating the heat. Tiger Woods' shirt changes got a ton of attention, but the 14-time major champion wasn't alone in having his top show the signs of the humidity on his top. It's not easy to look good in extreme August temperatures, especially when you're grinding through 72 holes of major golf. Here's a look at who managed to look good as the tournament got hot.
Let's start with the tournament winner. Brooks Koepka has an extremely athletic and powerful style. He tends to stick to simple solids and subtle detailing, a move that flatters his build rather than to hide or distract from it. In the Nike Zonal Cooling Camo Golf Shirt all four days of the PGA Championship, Koepka looked cool and comfortable en route to his third major victory. The Zonal Cooling shirt is extremely lightweight and has ventilation in all the right places, which makes it perfect for hot August rounds. The now three-time major winner wore four of the five colors this shirt comes in. Koepka started off the week in a royal blue version of the shirt that sold out before his final putt dropped. Pairing the shirt with gray trousers, he looked sporty and tailored—a great combination for the golf course.
During the second round, he wore a navy colorway over black pants. The look was a little dark for a summer look, but with the proper sweat-wicking and cooling technology he stayed cool in the dark shades. His look was on the opposite side of the color spectrum Saturday, showing the versatility of the pattern in a gray-white colorway. This digital camo-look isn't your traditional in-your-face camo print. The monochromatic design is very subtle, which enhances its styleability.
Koepka's final-round look was by far his best of the week. The emerald green colorway popped on Kopeka for a winning-look. Pairing the brighter shade with black pants was a smart move. The dark bottoms enhanced the pattern of the shirt so it could really shine. The simple pairing also allowed him to bring blue into his footwear with the limited-edition Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE golf shoes with a blue camouflage print. If the shirt was busier, it would have competed with the pattern of the shoes, but the muted green camo worked perfectly.
Gary Woodland's impressive play at Bellerive was supplemented by great styling. He was in pieces from the Puma Volition Collection, which honors those who have made military sacrifices for our country and supports the families of military heroes through the Folds of Honor. His first-round look was all-American stylish. The red, white and blue color-blocked Puma CK6 golf shirt looked smart over the Puma Stretch Pounce Pants, in navy. The "America" lettering down the back of the shirt is a great patriotic touch, without going overboard. During the second round he looked a bit more nautical in white pants and the Volition clubhouse polo. The stripes on the shoulder give a fun touch to the bright red shirt and really pop against white trousers, a great move for Woodland. For the third round, Woodland went navy in the Volition Camo golf shirt. A busy shirt like that is best matched with simple navy trousers and plain accessorizing. The camo made Woodland look powerful and athletic during his Saturday charge.
If you haven't already heard, Michael Kors is getting into golf and Charl Schwartzel is rocking the brand on tour. Schwartzel stuck with simple solids to create four luxe looks. His second- and third-round looks were strongest with bright pink golf shirt on Friday and a navy and white ensemble on Saturday. Basics look great when strong materials are used and Schwartzel worked with the MK team to develop scripting that maintained the high-fashion look of the brand while also performing great on the course. His shirts are a polyester-spandex blend for great stretch properties with moisture-wicking capabilities to keep from over-heating on the course.
Judging by his scripting each week, it's no secret that Dustin Johnson loves the color blue. He calls it his power color and looks great in the shade. DJ's strongest look of the week was on Thursday in the Adidas Ultimate365 Gradient Polo Shirt. The shirt has a versatile design with a white base, a bold navy stripe on top, followed by a block of lighter blue microstripes that end mid-torso. Strong detailing, like on the light blue inner-placket, pull together the stylish design for a clean and modern feel.