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Nadal: Grunting His Way to Greatness

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I’m really into Nadal’s grey and pink outfit this year.

The talk at the start of the U.S. Open was all about the possible Rafa and Roger showdown in the quarter finals. Sadly this never came to pass as Fed’s disappointing year ended by him being thrown to the curb by some guy named Tommy Robredo.

It’s probably for the best though, as it would have been too painful to watch Federer endure another Rafa beat-down. I am starting to believe that by 2017, many will acknowledge Rafa, and not Roger, as tennis’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).

Tonight, Rafa squares off against Djokovic once again, continuing the biggest and longest head-to-head rivalry in the modern age of tennis. Rafa is arguably the hottest player in tennis and holds a 21-15 lead in match-ups with Djoko. It’s not a huge advantage, but Rafa still has the upper hand.

With Rafa being healthy and in his full-on beast mode, I like his chances of lifting his second U.S. trophy tonight. Now, let’s look at the tennis landscape as the dust settles after the year’s final major: Rafa is your player of the year with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and his health.

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Rafa celebrates his U.S. Open win in 2010.

But more importantly he now has 13 MAJORS! (13!) Why is no one talking about this? If he can pull this last major out, the great Fed and his 17 majors will finally be in Rafa’s reach. Four majors is a lot (just ask that whiny bitch Eldrick Woods) but I think we can bank on Rafa winning two more French Opens in the next few years. This puts his total to 15 majors and counting, and still leaves him 3 to 4 more years of playing majors at a high level.

By the way, I believe this fear is what keeps Roger going. Everyone talks about him walking away, but I think he feels that one more, just one more major, could put things a little more out of reach. But if Rafa wins tonight and with his dominance on clay, his march towards Federer (and all-time greatness) should become the game’s biggest plotline.

Be afraid Roger, be very afraid.

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Sir Paul Smith: Golf Pro at London Fashion Week

I’ve already discussed CH’s fairway-is-my-runway mentality when it comes to dressing for golf (the sport is a sensitive subject these days as there hasn’t been much, or any of it for that matter, since we moved to London). But what I haven’t told you is that for a long time, CH tried to buy my love of the sport through fashion. He’d tell me if I went golfing with him, first, we could go shopping for the perfect outfit. I almost fell for it but then I remembered that in return, I’d have to spend hours trying to hit a tiny ball into a tiny hole.

But even if golf isn’t my thing, I love golf-inspired fashion. I have five pairs of brogues or as CH calls them, “golf shoes” so the first thing I thought when the models at the Paul Smith show here in London walked out was I would take up golf tomorrow if only I could wear everything from this collection. (I’m fickle that way.)

Sir Paul’s silhouette was all about the high-waisted pant in a variety of incarnations but the wide-leg mustard and deep red versions were my favourite. There was a bold return to colour blocking and in addition to the pants, he also showed loose patterned dresses and pleated skirts. The collection reminded me of a vintage photograph of Katharine Hepburn golfing.

The only thing I wasn’t keen on were the stirrup pants but, I will take a pair of these camel brogues please.

Paul Smith runway photos from Style.com

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U.S. Open Primer: The English Are Coming

Luke Donald: pretty in pink.

Golf’s toughest test kicks off today as the U.S. Open begins at The Olympic Club and we think the time is right for one of the game’s great Englishmen to claim his first major. Our picks are the world’s top two ranked players, Luke Donald or Lee Westwood. I know, really going out on a limb here, but hear me out. With most of the talk centering around Tiger, Phil, Rory and Bubba, this could be an ideal opportunity for both to sneak under the radar with a big win for one of them.

And what are the world’s best wearing this week? After Eldrick’s big win at the Memorial, he is a favourite heading in, as well as a lock to bore us with his NIKE outfits. With Tiger starting to peak, we’ve also noticed NIKE has been pushing the new TW shoes which we covered a few weeks back. Rickie Fowler will be looking for his first major and PUMA has him covered. Ian Poulter also impressed us with some of his best at IJP Design.

I see the smooth world No. 1 Luke Donald leaving The Olympic Club with the U.S. Open trophy in tow. Let this be a lesson to all: look good and you will play better.

NBA side note: Oklahoma City looked the part of future NBA Champs last night. Outside of LeBron, OKC is younger, faster and deeper. Russell Westbrook raised the bar again in his Game 1 presser with this tremendous shirt. (His shirts are starting to remind me of many of my vintage looks in high school.)

If you’ve missed Russell’s recent looks, Bleacher Report did a nice slideshow of his best shirts. A very sombre LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looked razor sharp as well, and you can check out their attire here.

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Going Green: The Masters

The second weekend of April, also known as Masters weekend, is sacred. MG is starting to get used to it (key word here being “starting”). I have yet to set foot on Augusta, but my brother has been twice and swears it’s the ultimate experience for every golf nerd.

Eldrick pretending to be happy for Phil.

The hype leading up to this year’s Masters is making us giddy: Eldrick is back, Rory is looking for his first green jacket and Phil the Thrill wants his fourth. World No. 1 Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are both still chasing their first major and defending champion Charl Schwartzel, smooth Justin Rose and Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott could make some noise. But after all the fun, we see Rory slipping into his first green jacket. Let’s just hope he goes with a better look than this.

Jack looks sharp after his legendary Masters victory in 1986.

I’m still holding out for the real thing but until then, this version by the Canadian boys of DSquared2 will do nicely.

On a serious note from MG: As sacred as the Masters is, and even though I could care less what a douche like Tiger Woods does, since I first heard Augusta was a whites-only club until 1990 (yes, 1990), I’ve always thought Tiger should boycott the tournament. And if those wealthy Augusta men don’t give Virginia Rometty, IBM’s CEO a green jacket this weekend, the tournament is officially banned in our house. Read all the details here about the men-only club that’s in a bit of a pickle over its sexist membership rule. Will the possible loss of sponsorship be the tipping point? I feel sick just writing that.

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Trend Alert: Let Your Hair Down

Long locks are back in the game of golf, and its young stars are letting their hair down.

Clockwork from top left: Aaron Baddeley, Anthony Kim, Jason Day and Rickie “Bieber” Fowler, all photos by Getty Images.

 

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Sport Degree of Style Friday

Miuccia Prada wasn’t just inspired by golf, her entire spring 2012 collection is based on the sport. Read Tim Blanks’s review here.
CH would totally rock these pants on the course.

And in other sports/style news, check out Suzy Menkes’s piece on Olivier Theysken’s shift to American sportswear here and the story about ex-pro bball player turned Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk here.

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PGA Tour Year In Review: Top Grades


Player of the Year: Luke Donald
Arriving on the golf scene in 2001, Luke Donald seemed poised for greatness but it wasn’t until 2011 that he finally put it all together, becoming the world’s number one player. As a founding member of what I call the Anti-Tiger Club, I could not be happier to see Donald rise to the top of the golf world. He kick-started the year with his biggest victory to date at the WGC Match Play; Two Euro tour victories followed, including the BMW PGA Championship, Europe’s most important championship, and a fourth title at the season-ending event of the 2011 PGA tour a couple of weeks ago. Donald will most likely become the first in history to lead both the PGA tour and Euro tour money lists.

As for style, the world number one must always look good and L-Don fits the bill. A refreshing change from years and years of terribly lame Tiger outfits, Luke always looks good in his RLX Ralph Lauren.
Game grade: A+
Style grade: A

 

Future of Golf Award: Rory McIlroy
In the course of a few months Rory McIlroy took golf fans on an emotional rollercoaster of Ron Burgundy proportions. From the colossal collapse on the back nine of Augusta—Who knew there were houses on No. 10—to lapping the field at the US Open two months later, the heir apparent to the world number one ranking had his official coming out party in 2011 with his first major at the US Open and another five top three finishes. The young Northern Irishmen looks poised to have an even bigger 2012.

Rory’s new Oakley contract should keep him in the forefront of golf fashion for many years. We were going to dock him a little bit for the blond highlights but decided not to. (Full disclosure: I might have had blonde highlights in my early 20s.)
Game grade: A+
Style grade: A-

People’s Choice Award: Rickie Fowler
“Little” Rickie Fowler is growing on us. The 2010 Rookie of the Year was often in the hunt this year, only to continually fade on Sunday. Just when we thought he would go into another offseason without a victory, he takes “Fowler Fever” on the road to South Korea and gets his first win on the OneAsia Tour, leaving Korean girls swooning all along the way.
Style-wise, “Slick Rick” has left quite the impression on the game in only two short years. Teenage girls want to be with him and teenage boys want to be him. Whether you like fluorescents or not, everyone is always interested to see what Rickie is going to wear, including Vogue. The magazine featured him in its September 2011 issue detailing his head-to-toe orange attire.
Game Grade: B+
Style Grade:  A

-CH

She says: “I love Rickie’s all orange ensembles so I think he gets my top style grade and Rory is so damn cute with his tennis star gf Caroline Wozniacki who happens to have Polish immigrant parents. We here at GofS love Polish immigrants! But I digress…”

Tomorrow: Part 2 of the PGA Year in Review: Top Grades.

Photos: Getty Images

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