Lot # 10: "The Shirt" - Actual Sunday 1999 Ryder Cup Shirt

Category: Misc. Golf

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Masters Week Auction",
which ran from 4/3/2024 8:00 PM to
4/13/2024 8:00 PM

To golf fans, it's simply "The Shirt".

The shirt offered here is arguably the most well-known golf shirt of all-time. It is an actual United States team-issued shirt from Sunday of the 1999 Ryder Cup.

As any golf fan can tell you, Brookline was the stage for the greatest American comeback in the history of the Ryder Cup. To the American sports fan, the 1999 Ryder Cup is one of the most famous sporting events in recent memory. At the close of play on Saturday, the United States team faced a seemingly insurmountable deficit; the Cup was surely headed back to Europe. Somehow the Americans came roaring back - capped by Justin Leonard's improbable sinking of a 45 foot putt to forever enter his name, and this tournament, into golf lore.

On that fabled Sunday at Brookline, the United States wore a highly unusual (and admittedly ugly!) custom Jeff Rose maroon shirt depicting vintage Ryder Cup photographs. As explained by Ryder Cup hero Justin Leonard's caddie Bob Riefke, "when we first saw those shirts, we thought it was a joke!" Well, maybe the U.S. Team simply needed something to rally around; once the Americans put on "The Shirt" they began dominating on a level never before seen. From that day forward, this shirt became the most recognizable golf shirt on the planet.

Presented here is an actual U.S. Team-issued shirt from Sunday of the 1999 Ryder Cup. Exactly 99 of these shirts were produced by Jeff Rose for the American 1999 Ryder Cup team. Offered here is a brand new, unused shirt with the original Jeff Rose tags. This shirt was issued to a high ranking PGA Official who did not wear the shirt that day.