Why are the Europeans wearing red, white and blue at the 2018 Ryder Cup?
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Why are the Europeans wearing red, white and blue at the 2018 Ryder Cup?

The 2018 Ryder Cup began on Friday in France with eight matches split between two sessions of foursomes and fourball.

The United States team was, of course, decked out in the colors of the American flag: red, white and blue.

The confusing thing for American and European fans alike, though, was the Europeans were also wearing red, white and blue in their uniform.

No one is particularly sure why the Europeans are wearing red, white and blue in their Friday uniform instead of some variation on the colors of the European Union flag, mixing blue with yellow or gold. Italian fashion house Loro Piana made the clothes for the European side, and they do like to feature red in their designs. However, the red accent colors make the Europeans look an awful lot like the Americans they're playing against.

There is a reasonable explanation for why the Europeans are wearing red, white and blue on Friday. The French flag is also red, white and blue, and they're the host country of the Ryder Cup for the first time. So it's understandable why the European Ryder Cup side would want to pay homage to French heritage and their first time hosting the biennial contest. It just throws off fans of both sides who are wondering why the US is playing matches against themselves.

The European weatherwear, as made by Galvin Green, has a more traditional European look. So, if the weather turns poor, then it would be easier to identify the European side. For Saturday and Sunday, expect different, more distinguishing looks.

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