Solheim outfitted: USA and Euro digs

By Win McMurrySeptember 21, 2011, 7:00 pm

USA

Rosie Jones shocked the golf world with her selection of long-hitting Ryann O’Toole as a captain’s pick, but her team’s uniforms, for good or bad, are just as you’d expect. The collection of clothing is traditional and stays true to the red, white and blue.

Antigua’s senior designer Danielle Dellios designed and developed the U.S. team uniforms, working closely with Jones and assistant captains Sherri Steinhauser and Juli Inkster. Their mission was to develop a collection of performance pieces that portrayed the tradition of the American color palette and incorporated tasteful embellishments of stars and stripes representative of an American team.

Solheim Cup

Jones and Dellios addressed each day of play as they would their own wardrobe, coordinating tops to bottoms in both style detail, silhouette and color selection, which even when working with the red, white and navy palette, they said offered its challenges.

“Taking on the challenge of creating team uniforms for 12 of the top U.S. women golfers, along with their caddies, additional Solheim staff, the captain and assistant captains was both an exhilarating and a humbling experience,” said Dellios. “To have been in the presence of these wonderfully talented women and to have them express positive feedback along with their genuine appreciation of our efforts was overwhelming.”

All pieces were custom created for the team uniforms with emphasis on keeping pieces current, but apart from the trousers, the apparel is very traditional and classic. The polos are all solid navy or solid red, with the exception of Round 1 on Friday, where the polos are white with thin stripes, and Sunday, which is the “flashiest” day of their uniform design, which features a polo of alternating thick, horizontal blue and white strips with a red stripe across the chest. Tops are all made with Antigua’s Desert Dry and Desert Dry Xtra-Lite (D2XL) performance fabric designed for performance enhancement in any climate.

Bottoms are standard throughout the week, but in differing colors from the American palette. They’re made in a light-weight poly/spandex stretch satin twill, designed for fluid movement. The waist and hip are cut for a feminine figure, with functional pockets and trim details. But the characteristic that stands out is the flared leg. The same fabric was also used for shorts and skorts that will only be seen if weather allows.

Unique outerwear pieces were also created for the team by both Antigua and Sunice. Depending on personal preference base layer options by Antigua include both a crew and mock neck in the D2XL and in extra soft, micro-fleeced back jersey. A traditional sweater vest made of supple viscose/nylon is also part of the line for an additional layering option.

My favorite pieces in the line are the pullovers and the jackets, which is key since they’ll probably be what’s seen the most on the course. The pullovers are made of soft, lightweight micro-fleeced back technical poly mid-weight jersey. The team jacket is made from a lightweight poly/spandex four-way stretch for comfort and protection in windy and wet conditions.

When it comes to the American uniforms, they’ve played it safe focusing on technical functionality in the classic red, white and blue. 

EUROPE

Classic and color will be the two uniform characteristics that will stand out when the European team takes the course at Killeen Castle in Ireland. Abacus was selected for the third consecutive time to outfit the players as they put it, “From top to toe.”

While the players on Team Europe hail from all over, the clothing is a 100 percent Swedish line-up.

“The Solheim Cup Collection this year is based on five strong color palettes, one for each day,” explains Abacus’ head designer Chris Mattsson. “The first training days have their colors, as do the days of the competition.”

Solheim Cup

The European team debuts on Monday in a feminine pale pink hue Acton wind stop sweater pullover with a navy and purple design around the chest and neckline. It’s evocative of a winter sweater worn après ski. The trousers that coordinate with the Monday attire are termed “Cleek,” and the same tailored almost skinny leg look is repeated each practice day, Monday through Thursday. 

Tuesday’s look is in the same color family as Monday, but with a royal purple “Pebble fleece jacket” and a “Traigh vest.”

Wednesday and Thursday are similar as well with the stand-out characteristic the wide horizontal stripe. On Wednesday it’s navy and white, with a yellow accent on the vest. On Thursday the color scheme is violet and green.

Horizontal stripes are also available as long sleeve polo options on competition days Friday and Saturday. Friday, the color palette is green and navy and Saturday it is yellow and grey. The trousers are different on these competition days as well. Instead of the basic pant of the first four days, they are wearing rain pants that are cut with a wider and more roomy leg.

Sunday’s uniform remains a secret that the Abacus folks have been very tight lipped about!

“We’ve followed our graphic and timeless signature and produced statement polos enriched with details and fashion forward design,” said Mattsson. “Wind vests and rain jackets show our commitment to producing outerwear that has both fashion and function.”

Their goal has been to design the uniforms for all weather conditions and environments, from the worst rain weather to the warmest temperatures.

“The quality, technical advancements and design give us the self-confidence we need to perform at the highest level in all weather conditions,” said Alison Nicholas, Europe’s team captain. “And we do that in Abacus clothing.”

Not only are the players wearing Abacus clothes this year, even the caddies, members of the board, players’ guests and the team’s functionaries will be sporting the brand…and supporting team Europe.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


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Man of the people


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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama


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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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