I just spent the past few minutes reading this article and reflecting on the comments from Mike Hicks and the entirety of the Open that year and the crossover to my own golf journey.
I started playing golf in 1996. Got hooked because of a bet and haven't looked back since. My two favorite golfers then; Greg Norman and Payne Stewart, were such as much for their golf skills as for their fashion focus. Norman with Reebok and Stewart with his Plus Fours and fledgling Payne Stewart brand at better department stores Like Marshall Fields in Chicago. (Never did find out who was the manufacturer behind the line since it went away after Payne's death).
The article here talks about how Stewart and Hicks played a round at Hicks home course, Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane North Carolina. When I moved to NC in late 1999, I often went to Mill Creek and remember the talk about that round and saw pictures on the clubhouse walls. It was a sporty little public neighborhood course, nothing fancy. Mebane was a small factory town next to Burlington, where fabrics used to be made into towels and bedding from the local cotton farms. Mill Creek is a working mans course in that regards, a short drive in off of Interstate 40.
This piece brought me back to all of that, and to those times. Interesting in how we remember things and what jogs those memories....