Tiger Woods couldn’t help but give Phil Mickelson a hard time over his choice of attire during Tuesday’s practice round for the Masters.
Everyone knows what a golf shirt is. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson certainly do, having each worn hundreds or maybe thousands of three-button polo shirts over the course of their golf careers. Only Lefty, though, is trying to expand the definition of the golf shirt in an unconventional manner.
Mickelson was the talk of Tuesday’s practice round for the 2018 edition of the Masters, not for how he was hitting but because of what he was wearing: a long-sleeved, button-down shirt that looked more like a dress shirt. He sort of resembled a guy who left the office to get in nine holes but was so pressed for time he didn’t even bother to change his shirt.
As ESPN reports, Woods gave him some good-natured ribbing over that:
"I had to give him a little bit of grief about that. The only thing that was missing was a tie."
As it turns out, the shirt was made by a company called Mizzen+Main — in which NFL star J.J. Watt is a minority owner — and is actually made of the kind of flexible, moisture-wicking material most of us associate with Under Armour products. Except, you know, it’s a dress shirt.
"I just thought I would give it a try. It’s a stretchy fabric, it performs well, and I think it looks good, so …"
You do you, Lefty, and props to the fact that you aren’t even sponsored by Mizzen+Main , just out there doing your own thing. Now if Tiger shows up for the first round of the Masters rocking a button-down, you know it’s really caught on.
Until then, we’ll just dismiss this as an amusing pre-tournament side note. Please stick to golf shirts, all of you.