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More dress shirts on course for Lefty: Mickelson signs with Mizzen+Main

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Remember that dress shirt Phil Mickelson wore during his Masters practice round with Tiger Woods? Well, Lefty will be sporting Mizzen+Main’s wares more often.

Mickelson signed on as an official Brand Ambassador of the performance menswear line. Described as a “long term partnership that makes Mickelson an equity holder in the company,” the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mickelson is expected to wear a Mizzen+Main performance fabric dress shirt during the second round of The Players Championship.

“I was waiting to find the perfect apparel partner that allowed me to move from the boardroom to the golf course. Mizzen+Main’s performance dress shirts enable me to do that. A big part of why I’m so thrilled to partner with them is I know all my endorsement partners and the thousands of professionals that work at those companies will love this shirt for their day to day too. These dress shirts not only look incredible but are so comfortable and versatile I can actually play golf in them. It’s remarkable to have a dress shirt I can wear from a meeting to the course. The game has changed,” Mickelson said.

Speaking with ESPN, Mickelson said he likes to “be a trendsetter,” and whether you love or hate the look, it’s certainly eye-catching, as evidenced by the discussion Mickelson’s Mizzen+Main shirt garnered at Augusta National.

“Phil is one of the most well-known golfers of all time and loved by virtually every fan in golf,” Mizzen+Main founder Kevin Lavelle said. “Having someone at this level demonstrate so clearly the performance capabilities of our dress shirts while competing is absolutely phenomenal.”

Lavelle also indicated the shirts Mickelson will wear are the same the company sells at retail.

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  1. lke

    May 16, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Golfer used to play in collared shirts and tie in early days, it would be very cool for a retro look, I don’t think he would blame the shirt for a 79

  2. Michael H

    May 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I wear their shirts to work most days. Probably won’t be golfing in them, but they are great in these Texas summers. Only dress shirts that I know of that can handle the heat very well. Reminds me a lot of Dri-Fit.

  3. Boyo

    May 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Hideous. Pathetic. You are golfing, not at work. Not that he ever worked a day in his life.

  4. Bruce Ferguson

    May 11, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I have no problem with it. As long as you can swing unrestricted and it’s comfortable, why not? It’s not like he’s wearing a tank top or football jersey . . .

  5. Tom54

    May 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I predict that this shirt will be shelved rather quickly. If he is worried about sun exposure slap on some sunscreen for gods sake. Cannot ever see this as a new look for golf. Shooting a ton in the Players won’t boost sales either. Definitely a head shaker

  6. William Biddle

    May 11, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Phil has never been a trend setter. Black shirt black pants black shoes sure gets a lot of attention. Now a white dress shirt wow am I excited. He likes the shirt because it covers the pouch.

  7. David L. Pinter

    May 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Wife is RN and says that people that convert suddenly like this most likely has had a scare from dermatologist that he is on the verge of skin cancer and not to provoke it by continuing with exposed skin…. melenoma is pretty much a death sentence. If you notice Phil has veins very close to his skin which is usually a sign of someone with a skin type that is susceptible to scarring.

    • LY

      May 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      The gentleman whose wife is an RN is spot on. I had a skin cancer scare about 6 years ago on one of my arms.
      I was watching an LPGA event and I saw the Asian players wearing sleeves. So I bought a pair and tried them and they are great. I just slip them on before I play. They cover your complete arm. They are not at all hot. And I live in a climate that often hits 100*. I have six different colors. I would much rather put sleeves on than sunscreen.

  8. HDTVMAN

    May 11, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Not only did you play poorly, you looked dis-disheveled in that shirt.

  9. youraway

    May 11, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Pitiful ugly out-of-place shirt, doesn’t fit correctly. Looks like it binds and is uncomfortable. Maybe they should call it a +7.

  10. Colin Gillbanks

    May 11, 2018 at 7:42 am

    He looks like he’s just finished a shift supervising the fries counter at McD’s.

  11. Kinster4653

    May 11, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Nice 79, well done

  12. KC

    May 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    There is nothing about that horrific shirt that says “trendsetter”.

  13. Jay

    May 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Is it that hard or time consuming to change shirts in the locker room? Does Phil take that many meetings that cut so close to his tee times? This was a fun thing one time for a Masters practice round. Today he shot a million wearing one.

  14. SK

    May 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Add a tie and a Kangol cap for that retro look …. oh, and golf shoes with a kiltie over the laces … 😀

  15. Boedy-Saffa

    May 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Phil has never been a great dresser. With that being said, his new outfit will look wonderful with the after work white collar crowd, banging a small pail of culls, and sipping Nattie Lights. From the boardroom, to the bedroom to change into something that’s actually comfortable.I can’t wait to see the new on course PJ’s for the winter months.

  16. James T

    May 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I’m headed out tomorrow with the regular foursome. Will be sporting a dress shirt. And a tie! I would say more but I’ve got to go polish my shoes.

  17. Joey5Picks

    May 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Just when you thought he couldn’t get any goofier…

  18. Benseattle

    May 10, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    A hideous look that will fail even with the “trendsetting” Mickelson out front. And talk about a shill: it’s 85 degrees today in Florida and there’s Phil in his long sleeve dress shirt, complete with short-sleeve UNDERSHIRT. Good luck selling THAT look.

  19. 2putttom

    May 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    wonderful

  20. nyguy

    May 10, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Maybe Phil can join the USGA when he retires…

  21. Greg V

    May 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I happen to like the look.

  22. Tully McMuffin

    May 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Has anyone noticed that Jason Day has packed on the pounds?

    • ik_ben_groot

      May 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Big time. I do recall him saying around the Masters that having kids doesn’t help.

    • Johnny Penso

      May 11, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Yes, Jason looks a little puffy these days. Too many McDonald’s fries I suspect. Wife is still looking good though.

  23. Lee

    May 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    $85 for a polo or $125 for a button down. Not in my budget.

  24. Grande

    May 10, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Those shirts are absolutely awful.

  25. dat

    May 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Yeah, no thanks.

  26. cinch bugs

    May 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    From the boardroom to the the golf course….. riiiiiiight

  27. Jerry V

    May 10, 2018 at 11:48 am

    LOL!!!!

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Don’t be THAT guy at your corporate outing

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Today is the day. Your out-of-office email is up, and you’re fully prepared for an afternoon at the course. As a driving range pro, you think this day will be a gentle breeze. However, you are not prepared. You may not even realize it, but you are about to be that guy.

That guy… who is that guy? Well, I’m glad you asked.

He’s that guy at the range hours early instead of socializing at the breakfast. He’s that guy arranging the scramble lineup when he finally makes it to that breakfast. He’s the guy who finds himself reading a golf blog about a corporate scramble.

Hi, guy!

Now, let’s start this early in the morning. You’re in your closet carefully crafting your outfit for the day. Wait, wait, wait… let’s not start there. Therein lies the problem, guy. You aren’t composing an outfit, not today! An outfit is for Day 2 of your member-guest. An outfit is for that golf trip with your buddies. An outfit is for Bill Murray at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am (who, with those bell bottoms, is becoming dangerously close to that guy). 

I digress.

A corporate outing is for the muted colors sitting in the back of your closet. There’s no need to get flashy with your attire on this day. If your game is as good as your rangefinder magnet says you are, your game will be enough of the conversation; there’s no need to make your belt buckle one of them. White shorts are fine, but please, don’t be the guy wrapped in pants in 80-degree heat. I get it, you’re “more comfortable in pants” and “this new fabric is actually cooler than shorts.” Come on now, let’s save the pants for guys who aren’t playing for pro shop credit.

Obviously club-tossing, swear-wording and teammate-bashing are huge no-nos, but you already know that. Be encouraging on the course and give your teammates credit when they hit one down the middle, even if you drive it past them. It was still their shot that freed you up.

Most importantly, gauge the competitiveness of the team. Some people are there to win; some people are there for gin. If it’s clear that your team isn’t firing 14-under, kick back, relax and help your teammates improve. You’ll have your own chance. You can still get excited for the long drive, guy.

Speaking of the long drive, why is the prize for winning said competition so often a new driver? “You proved today how well you smash that driver, so here is a new one!” Sir, he likes his just fine. I think it’s safe to venture he’d rather stop the three-putt pars. Which also goes for the longest-putt prize. A brand new Odyssey White Hot! Just stop it. Pro shop credit… problem solved.

Speaking of problems, there’s a good chance someone in your group will have a massive one with their swing. As a guy, you’ll probably want to tell them they are “casting” and to try this “towel-under-the-arm drill.” Yes, it is completely fine to provide a tip, but only when warranted (or preferably, called upon). You can go from “guy who helped my short game” to “guy who destroyed my swing” with just a few too many hints.

One more thing. Don’t let any guy pull this move.

Let me paint a story. Your team approaches the green, you have two decent looks at birdie. Good for you! However, your team can’t decide. One is 15-feet straight up the hill. The other is an eight-foot slider. The team agrees the shorter putt is still the play.

“I’ll smack this 15-footer, just for fun,” your cheating teammate says. Followed shortly by, “unless it goes in, ha.”

Other than actually cheating, this is the most common and lame shenanigan I’ve seen in a corporate scramble. I’ve never forgotten the people that did it with me, and they won’t forget you.

Man, that got dark in a hurry.

Back to the fun stuff. You’ve mastered the clothing and seamlessly blended casual and competitive like Tom Brady in Uggs. All that is left now is to select your winning item in the pro shop. And this is where I leave my final tip. Go with something practical: gloves, golf balls. The last thing your wardrobe needs is another lime green shirt that you’ll want to wear in next month’s scramble.

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