The 2012 Ryder Cup marks the 85th annual event. This year, the event will be held at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, on September 28-30.
Over the years, the Ryder Cup hosts two teams from the U.S. and Europe. The uniform each team wears show a lot about the personality of the respective team, for that given year. In the past, however, there have been some epic failures in the design and execution of the ever noticeable uniforms.
Here's a list of my top five from each team:
1. 1999 Team - I would consider the late-'90s to be able to stand the test of time when it comes to fashion. Golf has always been a frontrunner in men's dress-casual attire. However, the 1999 U.S. team completely missed that mark with its homage to past Ryder Cup victors. Looking past David Duval's excitement, you can see a shirt with picture frames as its design. Let's be honest, not too many people are able to look into the picture frames to see what image lies within. Most will be fixated on the frames themselves.
2. 1983 Team - The early 1980s was a time of excess and eccentric personalities. It is probably a good idea these hideous blue suits stay in the '80s. The awkward look on some of the golfers' faces says enough. Powder blue plaid sports jackets should be buried for good.
3. 1961 Team - I can't speak too much about the style that golf had in the '60s, however, I feel safe to say these uniforms are laughable. As I look at the picture, I keep waiting for the golfer on the far left to pull out his pitch tuner and the group to start harmonizing an a cappella tune.
4. 2010 Team - When you think of a team representative of the U.S., you think of class. You may also think of red, white, and blue based on the colors of the flag. In 2010, you may wonder what they were thinking wearing these random lavender cardigans. Whether they are worn long-sleeved or simply sleeveless, they still completely miss the mark of the spirit of America.
5. 2009 Team - Even though the color schemes were nice, Tiger Woods can't even make this uniform look cool. The blue and white striped undershirt simply looks like a design straight out of a baby's onesie attire.
1. 2010 Team - Ian Poulter is a European who is known to wear very interesting attire on the links. He has been described by one of his peers as "peacocking" on the course. The 2010 Ryder Cup uniform was a step in a different direction for Poulter. He is pictured here wearing navy pants that seem to be a size too small and a sweater that has absolutely no rhyme or reason for the placement of a gold triangle. I have a feeling this fashion style will not catch fire amongst his golfing peers any time soon.
2. 1987 Team - Nothing completes two men sharing their excitement like locking arms unless they are locking arms while wearing salmon colored shirts with white sweater-vests.
3. 1973 Team - They say suits make the man, however, these suits made the European team look like James Bond rejects.
4. 1997 Team - These uniforms aren't all that bad, with the exception of pleated pants being the worst fashion flub in men's fashion history.
5. 1971 Team - It is one thing to have uniforms that are questionable in the fashion world, but to not even try? That's what the 1971 Europe Team gave the world -- a statement of matching is overrated. Take a look here.
Brad Miller has been an avid golf fan since the mid-1990s. Following Tiger Woods since his glory days, through the turbulent years and now in his rebulding stages, Miller has been drawn to every PGA tour even and Ryder Cup tournamnet ever since.
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