Step aside, Rickie — there’s a new Big Four member embracing the jogger trend. Rory McIlroy flashed some ankle during the first round of the Players Championship on Thursday, donning a pair of clingy black Nike joggers.
McIlroy’s tapered-trouser debut should come as no surprise to golf fashion aficionados. Earlier this year, Nike Golf debuted a bold new look in their latest collection, which features non-traditional golf apparel like collarless polos, high-top golf shoes and an athletic tights-and-shorts combo meant to be worn on the course.
Social media reaction to the former world No. 1’s ensemble was mixed, and so were his scores: he shot a two-bogey, two-birdie 72.
The key to Rory’s great round today? I’m thinking it’s that his ankles have been freed up. #joggers
— Bob Weeks (@BobWeeksTSN) May 13, 2016
First Rickie, now Rory. Are joggers the new knickers?
— Golf Problems (@GolfProblems_) May 13, 2016
After the round, Rory McIlroy joked that he wanted to walk onto first tee with his “joggers” pulled up. Like this: pic.twitter.com/wmXj6Nq7ne
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) May 12, 2016
REMINDER: if you don’t like rory’s joggers and airmaxes, you’re an Old
— Kyle Robbins (@kylerrobbins) May 13, 2016
On Friday, McIlroy returned to his traditional trouser look and fired a sizzling 64 to launch him back into contention, begging the question: Will we see Rors in joggers again?