Sergio Garcia did not win the 1999 PGA Championship at the Medina Country Club. That victory went to a guy named Tiger Woods. A 23-year-old Woods outscored Garcia by one stroke to win his first PGA Championship and second major, and the tournament launched a career-long, sometimes-friendly, sometimes-not rivalry between the two golfers.
Since then, Woods has picked up 14 more major championships, including this year’s Masters Tournament. Garcia picked up a Green Jacket for himself in 2017. Both will be chasing their next victory during this week’s PGA Championship at New York’s Bethpage Black Course, where Garcia and Adidas are stepping into the nostalgia game to honor the 1999 fit he was wearing while bursting onto the scene.
You probably remember Garcia’s famous shot from behind a tree more than you remember the polo he was wearing—but the golfer and his outfitter have not, revealing a 2019-friendly version of the three-striped polo for this year’s bout. What makes it 2019-friendly? Well, for one, the sleeves on his ’99 shirt are nothing short of a swing impediment, draping well below his elbows. Honestly, I’m not sure how the guy—or any golfer in that era, for that matter—felt comfortable swinging a club. But swing the club he did, and quite well.
The Sergio polo for 2019 is sleeker and slimmer. The iconic Adidas logo moves from the center of the chest to the left breast, and the collar is updated to a more modern aesthetic. Where the ’99 shirt looked more like a soccer—I’m sorry, football—jersey, the ’19 shirt feels more like what you see on any course, any weekend.
What remains are the vibes, including striping down the sleeves and a thoughtful use of blue and white. It’s what we all hope for from ’90s remakes—inspired by the original but good enough to stand on its own. Where Fuller House failed, Adidas and Sergio Garcia have triumphed.
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Both Woods and Garcia are contenders to watch at this week’s major, and while many golf fans may not realize the significance behind the polo, you have to wonder whether Woods will. Who knows, maybe they’ll end up paired together on Sunday. Maybe Garcia will hit it behind a tree. Maybe that will spark Tiger’s memory. We’ll see if the result is the same.