Ugliest Golf Shirt Ever Causes Bidding War

Alex Myers discusses the infamous Team USA uniforms at the 1999 Ryder Cup and the shocking sum one of them fetched at auction.

Released on 8/20/2018

Transcript

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The 1999 Ryder Cup will be forever known for two things,
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a thrilling comeback victory by Team USA,
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and those ugly golf shirts the Americans wore while winning.
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That year, US Ryder Cup captain, Ben Crenshaw,
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wanted a team shirt with photos of
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previous winning American squads.
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Crenshaw certainly got the good mojo he was hoping for
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with his creation, but wow, did those shirts turn heads,
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and not in a good way.
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The American players looked like they were
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wearing tablecloths from a chain restaurant,
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and even the poor wives had to wear
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matching burgundy outfits,
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although mercifully, Crenshaw didn't create
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dresses with the same print on them.
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But the guys were forced to wear
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this ridiculous look for the entire day,
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permanently marring all photos
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from that otherwise magical occasion,
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like Justin Leonard's winning putt,
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or the ensuing celebratory pics,
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and the team even paired these shirts
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with team issue blue blazers for a winning photo shoot.
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Classy.
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Anyway, fast forward nearly 20 years,
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and one of those shirts found its way to auction,
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and someone paid $3,906 for it
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after a bidding war broke out on Green Jacket Auctions.
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That's right, someone actually paid nearly four grand
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for this horrendously hideous golf shirt.
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As you can see, this wasn't a game worn shirt either,
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so it's not like someone was plunking down
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that kind of cash for a collectible
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because it had Tiger Woods' DNA on it.
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By the way, are there any game worn
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Sunday red Tiger shirts out there?
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I'm asking for a friend.
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Anyway, Woods' 1999 Ryder Cup Sunday shirt is long gone.
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He told ESPN in 2004 that he threw it
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in the fireplace at Christmas and burned it.
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Can't say that I blame him.
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But to the rest of that 1999 team,
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if you're looking to make some extra cash
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while clearing out some closet space,
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you now know what to do.
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(upbeat music)
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