Show of colour lifts Tiger’s spirits
Still in hospital after his car accident, Woods pays tribute to golfers wearing his trademark colour scheme
Tiger Woods has found something to aid in his recovery: the support of fellow PGA Tour players. With so many players wearing Woods’ trademark red and black colours on Sunday all throughout golf, it served as the moving get-well card that it was intended to be.
“It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts,” Woods wrote in a post to Twitter on Sunday. “To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”
Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed were among the golfers wearing red shirts and black pants in the final round of the World Golf Championships (WGC) Workday Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Florida.
Phil Mickelson wore the colour combination during the final round of the Champions Tour event at Tucson, Arizona. Annika Sorenstam, who is playing her first LPGA Tour tournament in 13 years at the Gainbridge LPGA in Orlando, also wore red and black.
The gesture extended to the Puerto Rico Championship, where the grounds crew wore Woods’ colours.
Woods remains in hospital in the Los Angeles area, recovering from surgery to treat multiple fractures on his right leg. The 45-year-old has 82 career PGA victories, including 15 Majors.
Collin Morikawa, who won this weekend’s WGC event, was not wearing the colour scheme, but it was not for lack of trying. His clothing sponsor tried to courier him a red shirt with its logos overnight but it did not arrive in time because of weather delays.
Instead, Morikawa used his post-round interview on live television to thank Woods for being an inspiration on the way to carving out a spot on the PGA Tour. He choked up as he spoke the words.
“Tiger means everything to me, and yes, he had the crash, and thankfully he’s all right and hopefully he has a quick and great recovery,” Morikawa said on the NBC broadcast.
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