Rickie Fowler and the Most Stylish PGA Golfers Ever

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 3, 2012

Rickie Fowler and the Most Stylish PGA Golfers Ever

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    Every girl's crazy about a sharp-dressed man.

    Rickie Fowler doesn't shy away from adding a little style and sizzle to his wardrobe, and many golf fans are taking notice on both his style and his game.

    The Puma-wearing 23-year-old, who is always color-coordinated, is paired with Tiger Woods in the penultimate group at the 2012 Memorial Tournament. Fowler once again is in the headlines for his stellar play and not just the clothes he wears.

    Whether or not Fowler wins today, you can be sure he'll be looking like an orange creamsicle, as he pays tribute to his Oklahoma State Cowboys.

    There are many golfers who like to spice up the tournament atmosphere with loud fashion statements, so let's take this opportunity to review the most stylish golfers ever.

Walter Hagen

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    Although Hagen is credited with taking the game to new heights with his extensive exhibition schedule that helped generate money for the game and labeled him golf's first true ambassador, he also had an expensive habit of customized clothing that was unparalleled at the time.

    While Hagen wore outrageously colored plus fours (slightly longer than knickers) and two-tone shoes, as well as lucrative dressy shirts, others wore boring grey and brown.

    Unfortunately, those colors don't stand out with the photography back in the 1920s, but Hagen embraced the prominent position he held in the game of golf and wasn't afraid to show his style.

    Even today, he has a golf apparel line in his name

Jimmy Demaret

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    While it may be difficult to tell from the black-and-white photo, Demaret's eccentric style was legendary.

    As stylish as he was, he also became the first three-time Masters champion. Yet the caliber of his play often gets lost in discussions involving his greatest contemporaries, such as Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan.

    I am not allowed to show the picture of Demaret on the cover of his book, The Swing's The Thing, but you should see for yourself.

    The pink pants and the purple-and-cream (Hawaiian?) shirt—not to mention the zillions of outfits and matching hats and shoes behind him—nicely illustrate the extent of his penchant for fashion.

Doug Sanders

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    Sanders famously missed a three-foot putt on the 72nd hole to win the 1970 Open Championship, and went on to lose to Jack Nicklaus in a playoff the next day.

    At least Sanders looked good doing it. He rocked an all-pink wardrobe that Sunday, down to the shoes, and wore a loud yellow outfit the next day.

    You know, like Sergio Garcia. Only Sanders actually pulled it off.

    He had the game to go with it, too, winning 20 events on the PGA Tour, while finishing runner-up at three other majors after his loss the 1970 Open Championship.

    Sanders is shameless, and hilarious, when discussing his golfing attire (via golf.about.com): "I went to great lengths to blend the colors of my clothes just right...Oh, my clothes were beautiful. Still are."

Payne Stewart

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    While golfers struggled through an awkward phase of nerdy-looking clothes, huge glasses, and generally looking like Tom Kite, Stewart decided to go to the throwback style of flat hats and knickers.

    He certainly kept it classy.

    The wonderful wardrobe of Stewart provided relief to the comicality of style in his era.

    Stewart's life was cut short by a tragic plane crash at the age of 42, but golf fans will never forget his iconic leg-kick-and-fist-pump moment when he sank a 15-foot putt for par to win the 1999 U.S. Open—the last one he would ever play in.

Jesper Parnevik

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    The swagger-filled Swede was always well groomed and sharply dressed, but it was his hat gear that left his truly unique stamp on the game.

    Ranked in the top ten in the early 2000s, Parnevik strutted around the course with his sponsor's name on his flipped-up hat bill, and although it was a goofy look, he certainly had the game to back it up.

    Although Parnevik has suffered through injuries—such as a fracture in his back and gruesome hand injury in a boating accident—the game of golf won't forget his talent or his close call at the 1994 Open Championship.

    Or his style.

John Daly

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    Although Daly himself fell victim to the '80s and '90s golf-clothing crisis, he has upped both his game and his off-course behavior in recent years.

    A much slimmer-looking Daly is sponsored by Loudmouth Golf, which is showcased whenever and wherever Daly pops up these days. 

    The company knows how to make a stellar pair of trousers.

    Hopefully the winner of two major titles can back up his improved physique, behavior and fashion sense with the golf everyone knows he's capable of playing.

Ian Poulter

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    Arguably the best-dressed golfer in history, Poulter has risen as high as No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    He also finished second to Padraig Harrington in the 2008 Open Championship, after an impressive back-nine charge on the final day fell just short.

    It was quite a close call for the Englishman—almost countering the assertion made by the late, great Seve Ballesteros, who once remarked that Poulter's occasionally worn Claret Jug trousers would be the closest he'd ever come to winning the prestigious tournament.

    Although his play has dipped in the past year, Poulter's appearance has still been noticed at every PGA Tour stop. He launched his own clothing line (Ian Poulter (IJP) Designs) in 2007 and wears clothing customized to his own unique taste.