Rory McIlroy made waves on social media Thursday afternoon in the first round of The Players. And no, it wasn’t for his play. Instead, the buzz was all about his attire, as he sported “joggers” — athletic pants with elastic bottoms, a “trend” (if you can call it that) Rickie Fowler debuted at the first tournament of the year in Maui.
McIlroy accompanied this new look with the new Nike Air Max 90s (which will be available on nike.com on June 1). What appears to have been somewhat overshadowed is the collarless shirt he’s wearing, as well. I actually didn’t initially notice it until someone on Twitter pointed it out, but the shirt has been featured prominently this season as Nike’s redefinition of the golf polo.
With all the new fashion McIlroy was rocking, the joggers have been the most noticeable by far to viewers at home. They’ve received a polarizing reaction, with the majority of people leaning toward the negative.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the look on McIlroy, especially since it now seems like a rip-off of Fowler’s now-signature style. I mean, Rickie kind of pulls it off and I don’t mind the joggers on him. And I know Rory doesn’t really get to choose his outfits, but I’d feel awkward and weird (just to name a few adjectives) if I were the *second* (and only other) player to start wearing them.
Are joggers a trend that’s here to stay? I highly doubt it and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone over 30. What about the collarless shirt? I’m also not the biggest fan of this look on men, but I think women could pull it off. It goes without saying that Rory’s kicks are cool, but that’s where it ends.
As for McIlroy’s golf game, he had a pretty lackluster opening round, posting an even-par 72 in the afternoon — which wasn’t his best effort on a day where TPC Sawgrass yielded relatively low scores for the morning wave.
Thoughts? Yay or nay to the joggers?