The 1999 Ryder Cup was one of the most dramatic and memorable in the tournament’s nearly 100-year history.
The famous ‘Battle of Brookline’ saw an incredible comeback from Team USA on Sunday to take the Team Europe trophy, 14.5-13.5.
Heading into the singles final, Europe led 10-6 and needed just four points to hold onto the Ryder Cup.
But the star-studded US team, which included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, rallied to win the first six games before securing the victory.
It was remarkable that he was still so close with the US team of 10 in the top 16, while Europe only had two players in the top 20. Yet that is the beauty of the Ryder Cup. .
The victory was not without controversy with the United States prematurely celebrating the 17the green after Justin Leonard shot a 45-foot putt, despite Jose Maria Olazabal still not having completed the hole.
Veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke described the final day as a “date that will live in infamy” and said it ushered in “the arrival of the golf hooligan”.
What many people will remember from 1999 are the unique and downright hideous shirts the USA team wore that last day.
These burgundy shirts featured various portraits of U.S. Ryder Cup winning teams over the previous six decades, as well as several images of the trophy.
Captain Ben Crenshaw personally oversaw the design and said: “A lot of thought has gone into these shirts.”
Crenshaw was a man who was not short of confidence, having predicted a comeback on that last day. The confidence of a man to create a shirt as hideous as the one he made.
In addition to the general burgundy color, it featured a beige trim around the collar and sleeves.
It did the trick, however, and this comeback from the final day in 1999 was the first time a team overcame a four-point deficit, which was tied in 2012 at the Miracle in Medinah.
On the shirts, Furyk said, “It wasn’t a nice shirt, but I thought it was cool. There was a lot of emotion and time spent on it by Ben.
The original shirts are rarely seen, while another sold on eBay in 2016 for around $ 2,000. So what happened to the others?
Most are in players’ homes, collecting dust with various other mementos from their illustrious playing careers.
A few admitted they had no idea where they were when asked by ESPN five years after the Ryder Cup.
While Woods admitted, “I threw it in the fireplace on Christmas and I burned it. It was so ugly. It made the house warmer.
The 1999 Ryder Cup will be remembered forever and I hope the drama of the 2021 edition will live up to 22 years later.