How fashion factors into your first Tour event
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Imagine all the things that go through a golfer’s head at their first PGA Tour event: tickets, tee times and large galleries, not to mention the golf.
But what about the fashion anxieties? To find out, I chatted with Stan Guerrero, a former classmate of mine at Old Dominion and a Monday qualifier at the recent Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
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OK, you’ve talked a lot about the process of qualifying for Torrey Pines and what it felt like to play with the best of the best. But how did you pick your outfits for your first PGA Tour event? Did you have them all planned out?
I actually thought of that at the last minute. I was so excited to have qualified that I forgot about what to wear during the tournament. But I wanted to wear something that definitely stood out.
So for the first day I chose a shirt that I already had, the brand is called Crest Link, and it’s a dry-fit shirt with a trendy look. It was a light-green color and it definitely stood out during the round because it was a really bright shirt. I wore khaki Adidas trousers with the shirt, and a white Nike visor.
For the second day, I decided to go with a navy blue Nike shirt that I really like a lot. I had worn it in a couple of tournaments before and it’s the kind of shirt that you hold on to for special occasions. I wore black pants with that shirt and a black Nike visor.
I don’t have a sponsor so I wear pretty much whatever I want. My main brands that I like to wear are Nike and Adidas, and of course JLindberg, but this one is pretty difficult to find.
Have you brought any of your Mexican heritage to your wardrobe (Guerrero is originally of Tijuana, Mexico) or do you tend to go a little more mainstream with brands such as Adidas and Nike?
I haven’t brought any of my Mexican heritage to my wardrobe yet. I usually stick with the mainstream stuff because its more accessible. But I’m the type of guy that if I like something it doesn’t matter if it’s too flashy or ridiculous, I’ll wear it.
Unfortunately you did not make the cut for the weekend (74-80). But next time, when you do, will you go a little more vibrant for the cameras?
The next time I am in a PGA tour event I would definitely put more attention into what I’m going to wear. Maybe some trousers that will stand out or an old-school golf sweater. You never know, maybe the Mexican heritage will finally come out of the wardrobe.
Do you have any apparel or accessory superstitions? Underwear, sunglasses, necklace – is there anything that Stan won’t go to the course without?
I’m not a superstitious person.
Who would be your style inspiration on Tour? Who do you think knows how to dress to impress?
I would have to say Adam Scott as the style inspiration. First of all because I like the Burberry brand. Also, the way he dresses is not as flamboyant as other players and at the same time is elegant and trendy.
As the player that dresses to impress, I would have to say Ian Poulter.