The worst Team USA Ryder Cup outfits

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The USA Ryder Cup teams have had more than their fair share of fashion disasters. Here are some of Mark Townsend's favourites – in the loosest sense of the word

Let’s be honest the Ryder Cup wouldn’t be the Ryder Cup without our American friends turning up in a collection of horrific ensembles.

We through some of the absolute best – or worst, depending on which way you want to look at it – over recent years as well as an absolute pearler from 1983 which is well worth the wait…

Knitmare

Ryder Cup Players

You’re playing against the coolest golfer to walk the planet, in his favourite competition, on his turf, and you’ve been sent out with a giant Ryder Cup across your chest. And also one on your very bad roll-neck jumpers.

You do wonder what the thinking is and if any other sport would entertain having an image of what you’re playing for on a dreary bit of knitwear.

To his great credit, Jim Gallagher Jr overcame all the odds – and his poor get-up – to beat Seve 3&2 as the US retained the trophy at The Belfry in 1993.

It remains the last time they won overseas.

Floral failure

1995 Ryder Cup

There is lots to ponder from this pic from Oak Hill in 1995 – namely the gloveless left hand, the size of the clubhead, and the shape of the hat – but the over-riding mental image is of the shirt.

It might only be a practice day but Corey Pavin and the rest of his team took to the fairways in a pair of curtains. If anything screams American golf it is a weird floral design on some sort of fawn shirt.

Is it Boxing Day already?

Brad Faxon

Another stinker overseen by Captain Wadkins in ’95.

There are few people on this planet who like knitwear and the colour grey and often put together but this is a poor outfit.

If your Uncle Geoffrey turned up on Christmas Day looking like this you’d be a bit disappointed in him.

Head over to the next page for more stinkers from the USA Ryder Cup teams…

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