Friday 23 August 2019

#TBT: Remembering the frankly iconic style at the 2006 Ryder Cup in Kildare

Amy Campbell (L),Tabitha Furyk, Amy Mickelson, Elin Woods and Melissa Lehman (R) observe their country's national anthem during the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 21, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Amy Campbell (L),Tabitha Furyk, Amy Mickelson, Elin Woods and Melissa Lehman (R) observe their country's national anthem during the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 21, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Ryder Cup players' wives and girlfriends (from left-right) Glendryth Woosnam, Jocelyn Hefner (Paul Casey), Diane Antonopoulos (Luke Donald), Morgan Norman (Sergio Garcia), Caroline Harrington, Ebba Karlsoon, Alison McGinley, Emma Lofgren (Henrik Stenson) and Laura Westwood during the opening ceremony of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, Co Kildare, Ireland
Elin Woods (R) watches the action with Tabitha Furyk during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 22, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
21 September 2006; Sharon Ni Bheolain during the opening ceremony of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE
The U.S Ryder Cup players smile during the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup in County Kildare.
Wives and girlfriends of the players of Team Europe 2006, applaud the performers during the formal opening ceremony of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, Straffan, Co Kildare, Ireland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Morgan Norman smiles as USA and European team wives prepare to travel to The Curragh racecourse for the Wives Race Day prior to the start of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Padraig Harrington and Caroline Harrington walk down the catwalk during the Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Citywest Hotel and Golf Resort September 20, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Paul McGinley and Alison McGinley walk down the catwalk during the Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Citywest Hotel and Golf Resort September 20, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Amy Mickelson chats with Tabitha Furyk (L) and Elin Woods (R) during the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 21, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Glendryth Woosnam (L) and Caroline Harrington watch the action during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 22, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Elin Nordegren (R) watches the action with Tabitha Furyk during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 22, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods of USA exits the course with ex wife Elin after Europe win the Ryder Cup by a score of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia of Europe and his ex-girlfriend Morgan Norman depart from the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 21, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Luke Donald's fiancee Diane Antonopoulos (L) watches the action with Sergio Garcia's ex- girlfriend Morgan Norman during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 22, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods of USA exits the course with ex wife Elin after Europe win the Ryder Cup by a score of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Melissa Lehman (L) and Elin Woods share a joke during the closing ceremony after Europe win the Ryder Cup by a score of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

A lot can change in 13 years.

The announcement that the Ryder Cup will be returning to Ireland in 2026 is already a coup, but the fact that it will be hosted in the picturesque village of Adare, Co Limerick makes it all the more promising. Adare Manor previously hosted the Irish Open and is one of the premier golf destinations in Europe and under the guidance of its most ardent supporter J.P. McManus, it is being elevated into the upper echelons of global hospitality.

But, let's rewind for a minute and remember the last time the Ryder Cup was held in Ireland. Back in 2006, the world's biggest golfers and their glamorous other halves descended on Kildare's The K Club for a jam-packed agenda and  the finest entertaining the mid-noughties had to offer.

The uniforms

Women

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Ryder Cup players' wives and girlfriends (from left-right) Glendryth Woosnam, Jocelyn Hefner (Paul Casey), Diane Antonopoulos (Luke Donald), Morgan Norman (Sergio Garcia), Caroline Harrington, Ebba Karlsoon, Alison McGinley, Emma Lofgren (Henrik Stenson) and Laura Westwood during the opening ceremony of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, Co Kildare, Ireland
 

For some reason, all of the male golfer's partners are expected to wear matching outfits associated with their country; each usually more hideous than the last. In 2006, Team America wore brown pleated knee-length wool skirts and brown plaid single breasted blazers, while Team Europe were reduced to pastel blue blazers and the black bottoms of their choosing. Each look was paired with the same tinted rimless sunglasses synonymous with the era.

Men

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The U.S Ryder Cup players smile during the opening ceremony for the Ryder Cup in County Kildare.
 

Meanwhile, the players' uniform wasn't exactly a breath of fresh air. Tiger Woods and co looked as if they were dressed for an early 20th century funeral juxtaposed with their beaming smiles. Uniforms in general can be a good thing; not in this case.

The couples

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

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Tiger Woods of USA exits the course with ex wife Elin after Europe win the Ryder Cup by a score of 18 1/2 - 9 1/2 on the final day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 24, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
 

Before Tiger's downfall and subsequent comeback, he and ex-wife Elin Nordegren, a Swedish model and former nanny, seemed happily married at the time. Elin was the undisputed star of the event and was thrilled to cheer on her husband, setting the tone for style assessment of partners on the green.

Padraig and Caroline Harrington

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Padraig Harrington and Caroline Harrington walk down the catwalk during the Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at Citywest Hotel and Golf Resort September 20, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Aside from the golf itself, the most exciting part of the Ryder Cup pictures is a makeshift runway show featuring every player on each team and their respective partner. In Caroline and Padraig Harrington's case, Caroline semi-sheer and black lace gown was straight off the 2006 runway, but there was no logic to Padraig's white tuxedo with red bowtie, except for bravery in his personal style. The event took place at the aheam..glittering venue that is Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Sergio Garcia and Morgan Newman (but mostly Morgan Newman's hat)

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Morgan Norman smiles as USA and European team wives prepare to travel to The Curragh racecourse for the Wives Race Day prior to the start of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 19, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
 

Before he married former golfer Angela Atkins and winning The Masters, he was in a long-term relationship with Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of Australian golder Greg Norman. At the time, the couple had been dating for just over one year and it was another three before she ended things and Sergio detailed his heartbreak in the press.

Honourable mention

Sharon Ní Bheoláin

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21 September 2006; Sharon Ni Bheolain during the opening ceremony of the 36th Ryder Cup at the K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE
 

Last but not least is Irish newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin, who was given the honours of MCing the opening day festivities and did so with expected glamour. While everyone else's wardrobe choices dated almost instantly, Sharon's full-length beige dress and slicked back hairstyle has stood the test of time.

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