Tiger Woods made a strong start to the Masters on Thursday, but his choice of attire seemed to excite some people just as much as his golf.
Woods began his pursuit of a fifth green jacket wearing a navy blue mock turtleneck, matching the style of shirt he wore when he last won the Masters in 2005.
The 43-year-old’s initial play at Augusta was encouraging, as he struck the ball beautifully and played the first four holes in one under par, although he did suffer a setback with a bogey at the fifth.
Yet his shirt, as well as his performance, was capturing plenty of attention.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Brent Rooker wrote: “Why has Tiger waited this long to bring back the mock turtlenecks?”
Why has Tiger waited this long to bring back the mock turtlenecks?
— Brent Rooker (@Brent_Rooker19) April 11, 2019
Fellow MLB player Ryan Lillie added: “Tiger looks jacked in the throwback turtleneck. Let’s go baby here we go.”
Tiger looks jacked in the throwback turtleneck! Let’s go baby here we go #TheMasters
— Ryan Lillie (@LillieRyan27) April 11, 2019
Zak Keefer, a journalist for the Indy Star, noted that the likes of Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas had worn mock turtlenecks as children, due to Tiger’s 2005 success at Augusta.
Tiger on the mock turtlenecks: “I thought it was a pretty neat look back in the day.”
Brooks Koepka: “I probably had 4 or 5 of them when I was a kid.”
Justin Thomas: “When I was that age, I wanted to do anything that he did, so no coincidence I wore something like that.”
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 11, 2019
“When I was that age, I wanted to do anything that he did, so [it’s] no coincidence I wore something like that,” said Thomas in his pre-tournament news conference.
Should Tiger end his 11-year major drought this week, you can bet sales of the turtleneck will rise significantly in the days to come.
Mock this. pic.twitter.com/3EkkFL9jSD
— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) April 11, 2019