Muggy humidity and the North Carolina heat are no match for the cool and comfortable styles Nike Golf athletes will be sporting at this year’s U.S. Open.
Under the theme of Engineered for Greatness, Nike Golf athletes will tee off in Elite Cooling apparel designed to beat the heat, featuring lightweight, cool-to-touch fabrics; strategically placed mesh panels; and woven constructions for superior ventilation and breathability, perfect for the traditionally hot June temperatures at Pinehurst.
Nike Golf’s Elite Cooling styles for the U.S. Open include the Innovation Dri-FIT Knit Cool polo, with a premium jacquard knit fabric that offers ventilation and breathability where athletes need it most, and the Innovation Embossed polo featuring a 100-percent Dri-FIT mesh back to allow moisture and body heat escape.
“We’re lucky as Nike Athletes because we get to wear the best apparel for the best performance, which is especially important in those hot and humid conditions,” says Nike Golf Athlete Francesco Molinari. “I like that all the fabrics are really stretchy, and really comfortable. So no matter how hot it is or how much I sweat, it really doesn’t matter -- it doesn’t affect me when I’m playing. I can still swing without any problems, and that’s the main thing you want when you play golf in that sort of weather. “
“It’s really important that the clothes fit properly,” adds Nike Golf Athlete Charl Schwartzel. “It makes a big difference. If they are too big or too small, they can start to get very sticky on your body. The Nike apparel I wear is the best clothing out there. The shirts and pants breathe really well, and they don’t stick to you. All the Nike athletes are really fortunate to be wearing these clothes.”
Nine Nike Golf Athletes will compete at the 2014 U.S. Open: Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Oliver Fisher, Russell Henley, Francesco Molinari, Seung Yul Noh, Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Tway and Nike Watney.
Here's what McIlroy, Henley, Molinari, Schwartzel and Watney will wear and carry on the course:
McIlroy will compete for his second U.S. Open trophy wearing the Innovation Dri-FIT Knit Cool polo ($75) in the first and third rounds. A premium jacquard knit fabric provides breathability throughout the upper body, in addition to pinhole mesh panels on the sides and back. He’ll sport the Lightweight Innovation Color polo ($75) – the same style he wore at Augusta – on Friday and Sunday. McIlroy will pair each polo with the Modern Tech Pant ($80), Innovation Woven Cover-up ($120), Tour Mesh Cap ($30), Sleek Modern Plaque belt ($50) and Nike Lunar Control footwear ($200). Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RZN Black ball.
Henley will sport a range of stripes and solids, including: the Lightweight Innovation Cool polo ($65); Key Bold Heather Stripe polo ($65); Embossed polo ($65); and the Nike Ultra Stripe Polo 2.0 ($60). He’ll finish each look with the Flat Front Tech pant ($80), Nike Golf Plaid Pant ($85), Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip ($75), Tall Tour Visor ($24) and Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II Belt ($45), and lace up in Nike Lunar Control footwear. Driver and ball: Nike VRS STR8-FIT driver and Nike RZN Black ball.
Molinari will stay cool in the lightweight Ultra Polo 2.0 polo ($65) on Friday and Sunday, featuring cool-to-touch fabric – composed of a polyester and spandex Dri-FIT jersey blend -- and full range-of-motion construction built to move with his body through the swing. He’ll also sport the Innovation CB Pocket polo ($70), Key Stretch Stripe polo ($70), Flat Front Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Tour Mesh Cap, Nike Reversible Belt ($45) and TW’ 14 footwear. Driver and ball: Nike Covert 2.0 driver and Nike RZN Black ball.
Schwartzel will wear polos in a range of bright and bold colors: The Swing Movement polo ($60); Sport Chest Pocket polo ($70); and Sport Pile Stripe polo ($70). His Sunday shirt, the Sport Color Block polo ($65), is constructed with 100-percent lightweight Dri-FIT jersey material to move with him through the swing. He’ll round out his arsenal with the Modern Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Tour Mesh cap, Nike Reversible belt and FI Impact footwear ($130). Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RZN Black ball.
Watney will suit up in the Innovation Embossed polo ($70) on Friday, featuring a 100-percent Dri-FIT mesh back for breathability, in addition to the Ultra Polo 2.0; Key Iconic Polo 2.0 polo, and Embossed polo. Watney will pair each polo with the Flat Front Tech pant, Dri-FIT Performance Half Zip, Flat Bill Tour cap, Signature Swoosh Logo Cutout II belt and Nike Lunar Control footwear. Driver and ball: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 driver and Nike RZN Platinum ball.