Keeping it simple with Tommy Armour III

Tommy Armour III at the 2010 Northern Trust Open.

Tommy Armour III at the 2010 Northern Trust Open.

Some may think that being blessed with the name Tommy Armour is a free pass to Easy Street, but it’s not easy as you might think. Being “No. 3” comes with its perks, but it also comes with a whole lot of expectations. I spoke with one of golf’s most recognizable names, Tommy Armour III, and got the inside scoop on his very interesting – yet simple – fashion sense.

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Do you conform your style according to how the week is going? For example: When you are at the top of the leaderboard, do you tend to spice it up a little?

No, I pretty much know what I am going to wear the week before. I like to lay it all out for approval. I tend to be a very monochromatic dresser – black and whites only. I don’t venture out of those colors too much. I am not too sure why, but I just like to keep it classy.

Why do you have to wear a new glove every day?

I just love the way they feel. It is kind of an odd thing I like to do - a luxury, if you will. It was just a little thing that my father and I agreed upon: I’ll only play golf if I get a new glove every time I teed it up in a tournament. He agreed.

Did your grandfather have any influence on your style? He was pretty stylish himself.

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Tommy Armour III

No, every guy knows that the mother of the household is the style coordinator. She worked for Neiman Marcus at the time and was very stylish herself. I trusted her with my wardrobe.

When did you first start paying attention to your golf wardrobe?

I have always paid attention to my wardrobe. I think it is very important to present yourself in a respectable manner.

How have you changed your on-course style over the years?

I think I am going to start spicing it up a little this year. You are going to see me in a few brighter styles. It may just be in a practice rounds at first, but they will be there.

Can you remember what you were wearing the day you set the 72-hole PGA Tour scoring record in Texas?

Surprise, surprise… I was wearing a white shirt and black pants.

Speaking of Texas, I heard you had some western gear lying around in your closet. Is this true?

I may have a few boots, buckles and funky shirts hanging around. But I’ll only pull them out on special occasions.

Whom would you consider to be the style icon, past or present, on Tour?

There are a few, but ones that come to mind would be Tom Weiskopf, Arnold Palmer and Doug Sanders. I personally believe that Sanders deserves all the respect just for having the guts to wear what he wore.

What are your thoughts on all these wild outfits on Tour – “the Ian Poulters,” for example.

Whatever it takes to make them feel good on the course. That is the most important thing. It is better than a boring pair of khakis and a wrinkled shirt. However, someone needs to tell a few guys that whites aren’t appropriate after Labor Day. They are going a little too wild with these white belt nowadays.

Do you believe in the theory “If you look good, you’ll play good”?

Do I believe in this quote? This is my quote! So, of course I believe in the theory. I was quoted saying, “Look good, feel good, play good.”

What do you usually wear out on the town?

For sure, black. To change it up a lot, I go for different patterns and looks of black. Everything I own is black. I am on my way to a practice round right now driving my black fashionable car.

Is it your style that lures all these beautiful women? You always seem to have a nice, little following.

Let’s just say that I have a ton of good-looking friends.

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