Each week, our panel of writers will be asked a question about the game of golf. Topics will range from their predictions for the Tour season to what they would order from the concession stand at Augusta National Golf Club. No subject is off limits for this esteemed group.
This week’s question: If you were on tour, who would you want as your clothing sponsor?
Kevin Walsh: This is a good question, and there should be a real variety of answers here. As I’m going down the list of companies, clearly Nike and Under Armour stand out as the most recognizable global sports brands. They’re constantly on TV for almost every sport, and have a number of A-list athletes who represent their brand. Under Armour’s style has just never done it for me, so they’re out. Partly because I think it would be hard to become a face of one of those brands, and partly because I just like Puma’s golf apparel better, I’m joining Rickie and co and signing with Puma. I’m a big fan of most everything Rickie wears, and I love going for a bit of a risk when it comes to color schemes and styles that Puma tends to navigate towards. I think rolling with Puma gives me a great chance to become a face of the brand alongside Rick, becoming a dynamic 1-2 duo on tour. Puma has also just expanded their brand to basketball, as they signed a bunch of top flight rookies this year and if all goes well, will most likely continue to build that branch. Getting a chance to work with some NBA players potentially would be a nice bonus as well. It’s hard to spurn Tiger and Rors with Nike, or strutting around with Stenson and Kaymer rocking the BOSS logo, but we’re confident in our decision. And who knows, maybe we can scheme a way to get on the Puma payroll down the line.
Bear: Lululemon made some noise last week by signing Nick Foles as a brand ambassador, becoming the first NFL player to sign a sponsorship with the company. They’re gaining mainstream momentum, and I see them as a great fit with the golf community. Their polos and pants are incredibly comfortable. Plus, I think it’d be cool to be a pioneer with a lesser known company in the golf world and help bring a sponsor like Lululemon to the top, instead of keeping a company like Nike at the top.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Jake Mulholland: Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Mulholland sponsored by Polo Ralph Lauren for the 2019-2020 PGA tour season. As an amateur golfer, I have always lived by the motto that if I don’t play well, I’m at least going to look good out on the course. Since my early high school days, I have worn pants while playing golf. No matter the weather, you will never catch me in a pair of shorts on the golf course. With that being said, I have always valued the appearance of a golfer and the classiness he or she displays through their choice of clothing on the course. I tell you this because I believe that Polo RLX does the best job creating clothing that is true to the roots of the game and is also incredibly comfortable to wear. For more than 50 years, Polo has built an impressive reputation and distinctive image across the golf world. The Polo RLX clothing line inspires confidence and classiness for players willing to buy into the brand and if I were to play on tour, I would be honored to dawn the POLO RLX gear.
Sam Scherman: Everyone knows I’m a huge Tiger fan and used to own just about all things Nike. Despite a strong group representing the brand such as Tiger, Brooks Koepka, and Tony Finau, I would pick Adidas as my clothing sponsor. I think they have some of the best looking clothing, for starters, but also I would love to be rocking the same apparel as some of the newer PGA tour studs such as Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele. Not to mention the #1 player in the world, Dustin Johnson, sports the three stripes. Not only do I like their apparel the most, but it would also stop me from being like Patrick Reed who tries to copy Tiger’s look, or me wearing the same clothes as Brooks Koepka who has absolute pythons for arms. Adidas is the move.
Sean Carney: I think this has been my favorite question we’ve responded to so far this year. Seeing the different styles from players every week, there is no right answer to this question. With that being said, I am leaning towards Nike on this one. For starters, look no further than Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Those are two of the best dressed guys on tour on a weekly basis. While I do think some other brands like Adidas, Taylormade, and Ralph Lauren’s RLXline are awesome, I think Nike consistently leads the way.
Frank Laterza: This question is not in my world. Ask most of my good friends, and they will tell you I am one of the worst dressers they have ever seen in the history of the world. But with this question, I assume I am well off enough to have a stylist. So with that, I have to go with the style I find has the most choices for someone else to dress me as I shoot a 4-under 68 on Thursday, and that is Nike. While I currently rock a lot of Under Armour, and I do find it extremely comfortable, I think Nike probably had the widest variety, and that is what my stylist would appreciate. Hopefully Nike can whip something up that combines JT and Russell Westbrook styles. That would be my fit. NIKE, GET IT GOING!
Tony Kasper: Their roots are in basketball, but Jordan continues to evolve beyond the hardwood to the gridiron (recent deals with the University of Michigan and University of Florida) and golf course. Jordan is my favorite clothing brand and their entrance into golf is just beginning with the sponsorship of Harold Varner III. HV3 is one of the most well-liked guys on tour and would be a great partner in this hypothetical sponsorship. To have the Jumpman on my chest and Mike paying my checks would be a dream come true.
Jack Corrigan: Nike has the sharpest looking clothing line out of them all right now. Athletic, trendy, and classy. But I want to join a team though that’s looking into the future, and I really like the mind of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. He’s forward thinking on everything from comfort to weather proof clothes and gives his athletes a say in how they want their stuff to look and feel. I think UA has jumped leaps and bounds in the past decade from what they were, and I think they will continue to grow to be a brand of the players and not the business executives. You see Nike guys all wearing Pink on Master’s Sunday, and I want to decide everything I’m doing and wearing. By observing Jordan Spieth’s style and conversations about UA, I can only find positive things.
Mike McNamara: If I were fortunate enough to one day make it to the PGA Tour (correct, we’re not ruling it out), the sponsor decision would be a very difficult one. I’d like to find a clothing brand that is big enough that the common folk recognizes it, but also find a brand that not that many guys on Tour wear. This leads me to Vineyard Vines. At first glance, you don’t really see the golf connection with Vineyard Vines, but they’ve come out with some pretty swaggy gear. I’d join the likes of Trey Mullinax in the Vineyard Army, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’d rep it well.
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