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Rickie Fowler’s Hawaiian shirt predictably caused quite a stir on social media

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Rickie Fowler, as you know if you read our bit on Puma’s Aloha Collection yesterday, wore a button-up Hawaiian golf shirt during his opening round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. As predicted, both the progressive and traditionalist camps had plenty to say about Fowler’s choice of attire.

The reigning queen of golf social media, Paige Spiranac, was a fan. She also correctly predicted traditionalist blowback.

Honestly, I was going to embed another handful of replies, but if you want to get a feel for the what the two entrenched camps had to say from their respective foxholes, just read the replies to Spiranac’s status.

Also of note: This gentleman tweeted a Justin Thomas Snapchat that showed The Rick wearing the Hawaiian shirt the way the islands intended.

And this bit of silliness merits singling out. This clown, whoever he is, knows a thing or two about appropriate attire, as he’s wearing a bowtie in his Twitter profile picture, right? He didn’t like Fowler/Puma’s choice, and he thinks there may be grounds for revocation of Fowler’s Junior Cotillion etiquette award!

Here’s the bottom line. It’s not a golf shirt. It’s a Hawaiian shirt in a golf-suited cut. The Hawaiian shirt is worn untucked. Period. It’s a staple garment of the islands. If you want to say it doesn’t belong on the golf course, OK. But Fowler’s shirt is certainly less offensive than, say, Duffy Waldorf’s Hawaiian-inspired polos.

What do you think GolfWRX members? Love Rickie’s shirt? Hate it? Don’t care?

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  1. ChipNRun

    Jan 10, 2018 at 8:32 am

    The island of Puerto Rico is in a shambles, hit by both the hurricane and the crash of the UBS personal retirement bonds.

    And we’re worried about whether Rickie tucks in his shirttail?

  2. Thomas A

    Jan 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I’m all for it and I hope more clothes companies follow suit. I’d probably change my whole wardrobe to these. I wear untucked (somethimes tucked) button down short sleeve shirts to work all summer. These would fit right in. I’d love to see an IZOD, Polo or Nautica golf button-down. I play mostly at very non-snooty clubs so I don’t have the whole ‘membership mentality’ issue to deal with. Good riddance to the stoogy country club.

  3. Kipper

    Jan 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Love it…its 2018, let golf evolve a little bit. A Hawaiian styled shirt is appropriate attire on the golf course. Its a trend in style, especially in a place known for this type of attire. Its good on Rickie’s part.

  4. gounapuu

    Jan 7, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I think he looked fabulous and you now what he will help change the stuck up your butt mores of a great sport with his attire and his game. Go Ricky lead the pack.

  5. Donny Johnston

    Jan 7, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Who cares? Let him wear it. They should allow shorts too!

    P.S. I don’t like Jews.

  6. Bruce Ferguson

    Jan 6, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’m a fan of UNTUCKit brand shirts, and I think that tastefully coordinated clothes (including shirts made to wear untucked) should be acceptable. Non-golfing Millenials seeing Ricky dressed like this might actually think that golf would be fun and worth looking into. Some of todays golf attire is stuck in the Caddy Shack era, and personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a wide, white belt anywhere, let alone a golf course.

  7. Rich Douglas

    Jan 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    It’s golf, folks. In fact, it’s Hawaiian golf. If it was Augusta or the US Open, fine. But it’s not. And the point about Waldorf is great–but he’s not the only one. Golf has long been known as a fashion joke. (Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati noted he purchased his clothes from a golf pro.)

    My concern would be about fit, whether or not the shirt allowed a free, full turn. Tucked or untucked? Leave that for Muirfield. Now, about shorts….

  8. The dude

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Yep!..it works!!

  9. Stephen

    Jan 6, 2018 at 1:23 am

    It’s Hawaii who cares. The pro’s are changing the game and attracting more people to the sport. If Arnie was alive he’d be thumbs up ! He once too was a game changer !

  10. Dave

    Jan 5, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I like it. Looks great.

  11. G

    Jan 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Love it! I’m not traditional about anything, especially attire. Jeans and T’s should be fine. I work at one of the snobby country clubs in Austin and I’m tired of the tradition speech! If you want to grow the game, attire has to be a part of the growth. This coming from a 60 year old golf coach!

    • CB

      Jan 7, 2018 at 3:04 am

      No. No jeans or T. No way

      • HardcoreLooper

        Jan 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm

        Yes jeans and T. Not at every course, but there needs to be a place for jeans and T. In fact, there is.

        Oh, and Ricky’s shirt looks sharp.

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

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