Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Their partners didn't triumph at Irish Open, but which golf WAG won the fashion stakes?

The final day of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Graeme McDowell's girlfriend Kristin Stape
The final day of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Graeme McDowell's girlfriend Kristin Stape
Amy Mickelson, wife of Phil Mickelson arrives during the Ryder Cup opening Ceremony at Celtic Manor, Newport

It wasn't really the place to parade in finery and the weather certainly didn't help the WAGs in the style stakes at Portrush.

But despite low-key and practical fashions, the wives and girlfriends of the main golf stars still managed to bring a touch of glamour to the Irish Open.

Darren Clarke's former beauty queen wife Alison showed how to keep it simple, yet stylish.

On Wednesday, she stepped out at the pro-am in black waterproof trousers which she paired with a black vest. But as the weather took a turn for the worse later in the week, she slipped on her pastel pink Wellies, which she teamed with a matching pink scarf, white skinny jeans and white waterproof jacket.

Always the fashionista, she even co-ordinated her large umbrella with her outfit. The model boss and organiser of Miss Northern Ireland was well prepared for all weather eventualities, with her designer sunglasses on hand for the intermittent breaks in the downpours.

Former US Open champ Graeme McDowell was cheered on in his efforts by American girlfriend Kristin Stape.

On her first appearance at the Irish Open, the attractive brunette, who flew in from the States for the tournament in her boyfriend's home town, wore a cream cowl neck jumper and a waterproof jacket. She kept her long hair pulled back off her face.

As the week went on, she brought a dash of colour to proceedings, in an all-white ensemble, which she dressed up with an orange top and scarf.

One WAG who found herself the focus of dozens of camera lenses was Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

The Danish tennis star flew in on Thursday after her early exit from Wimbledon the previous day. The 21-year-old, who was all smiles, despite her Wimbledon disappointment, stuck to black throughout the event. She kept her look casual in tracksuit and trainers, with a hint of colour in the form of a pair of white, pink and purple Adidas trainers. Caroline accessorised her practical look with a large, designer handbag, woollen hat and sunglasses. While all three WAGs put their own individual stamp on the golf style, the clear winner was Northern Ireland's own Alison Clarke. Darren's bride of three months was immaculately groomed and effortlessly styled every day as she followed her husband around.

Not even the torrential rain dampened her fashion efforts as the former Miss Northern Ireland gave a masterclass on how to look glamorous on the green.

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