The Americans did it. With the 19: 9 triumph over Europe at this year’s Ryder Cup, Team USA was able to achieve the greatest victory advantage in the recent history of the event. This is the first time since 1979 and 1983 that the US has officially won Ryder Cups on home soil in a row. Pretty impressive thing. Fortunately, the other (more important) competition where the team wore the better golf gear at the 2020 Ryder Cup was far less one-sided.
Here are some of the highlights from both sides of the Ryder Cup 2020 capsule.
Team USA: Ralph Lauren
This year Team USA decided to stay loyal to the typical American label Ralph Lauren. For the fourth year in a row, the team tied off in a patriotic set of red, white, and blue threads. The capsule consisted of both polo golf and RLX golf apparel and was equipped with modern amenities suitable for all climates.
The Polo – priced at $ 98 (135) AUD – is a safe and simple design that is considerably cheaper than what’s on offer across the pond. Considering some of the designs the team submitted previously, with a particularly gruesome 1999 kit that comes to mind, this innocuous kit looked fine on the pitch as the team clinched its historic victory.
The team wore the RLX course designs on the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the competition and switched to the Air Tech Pique polo shirts on Wednesday and Sunday. The team’s players all seemed happy to be donning the iconic chest stripe; except, of course, Justin Thomas. It was just a little early for him.
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Team Europe: Loro Piana
Her European colleagues also seemed to be adopting traditions with their golf equipment at the 2020 Ryder Cup. Continuing the pattern of the last three Ryder Cups, Rory McIlroy and his European cohorts played in duds of the Italian cashmere god Loro Piana. The collection, designed with team captain Pádraig Harrington, included a range of technologically advanced equipment designed to be worn on and off the pitch.
The Storm System rain protection technology developed by Loro Piana is pretty cool, but it comes at a pretty high price. The polo shirt? $ 895. The travel parka? $ 4,750. The designs themselves were a European nod to the host city’s NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. The team also wore the cheese heads of the Packers fans in special tracksuits with green stripes. While this particular headgear wasn’t part of the official Loro Piana collection, rest assured that you can grab a baseball cap for $ 300.
“When we were doing the clothes with Loro Piana, they talked about maybe bringing in some Irish colors for me,” said Harrington.
“I’m not really into that sort of thing, so I was like, ‘Why don’t we do something with Wisconsin?’ Of course, the Green Bay Packers matched both the Irish and the Green Bay Packers, and then the Cheeseheads came along and we had a bit of fun with them. “