Players Reflect on Wearing Red, Honoring Tiger Woods Sunday
Sunday’s final round at the WGC-Workday Championship proved to be a special, and emotional day for many of the players.
Just five days after golf legend Tiger Woods was severely injured in a one car crash, players on all tours took to the course wearing red and black, in honor of Woods.
“I think just for everyone to show their appreciation for what he means to us out here. If there was no Tiger Woods, there would be — I just think the Tour and the game of golf in general would be in a worse place. He’s meant a lot to us, he still does mean a lot to us and I think that was just a little way to show that,” said Rory McIlroy in his post round press conference.
One tribute that was really touching was over on the Champions Tour where Phil Mickelson came out in a red shirt in honor of his long time rival.
Even though he wore a black jacket over it to cover the shirt brand.
“I wore red on Sunday in honor of Tiger, to let him know that all the players really support him and appreciate all that he’s done. And I had to buy a red shirt and, of course, every red shirt here has a big “A” on it and I’m not going to flash it but it’s under here. It’s two things that I have never done I did today, and I hope he knows that we’re supporting him,” Mickelson explained.
One of Tiger’s closes friends on tour is Justin Thomas.
Thomas honored Woods by wearing red on Sunday, though he never got himself in contention.
“Obviously there’s nothing we can do to help him, but I think just it’s important for him to feel some kind of support. I think this shows support to him. It’s not something that’s going to happen every week, it’s not something that people are doing every day, but obviously Sunday’s a pretty special day for him and what he’s wearing and just seemed like a great chance that people had the opportunity to do to do it,’ said Thomas, who finished at eight under.
Other players to where red on Sunday were Tommy Fleetwood, Patrick Reed, Sebastian Munoz, Scottie Scheffler, Jason Day and Tony Finau.
“I mean, I was pretty inspired. I heard earlier quite a few guys that were going to do it. I for sure felt like it would just be a nice touch. We’ve enjoyed so many Sundays watching Tiger do his thing. Red and black, we know that’s what Tiger does on Sundays, so to just join in and just let Tiger know we’re supporting him in the best way we can. We’re still playing and we miss him out here, but it was cool just to be a part of that today,” Finau said after his nine-under finish.
Day added, “Obviously just paying respect to Tiger. Obviously we hope for the best in wishing him a very quick recovery, just to know that we’re thinking about him.”
Day finished at seven-under par.
Read Tiger’s Response to everyone wearing red HERE.
Other Players Honor him Differently
Not everyone wore red on Sunday, some couldn’t due to endorsement restrictions and others just didn’t have a red shirt.
Bryson DeChambeau. Dustin Johnson and Fred Couples (Champions Tour) honored Woods by having his name inscribed on their golf ball.
Billy Horschel didn’t wear red, but had TW stamped on his hat for all to see.
“You know, I just put T-Dub on the side of my hat, black and red, to show my support. I would have loved to have worn black and red. I thought about maybe calling my sponsors to see if maybe I could wear some Nike clothes just for one day, T-Dub’s clothes. He means so much to the game of golf. He means so much to more than the game of golf. He’s such a great person. He’s such a big family man. He loves his kids. Since he’s come back, we rarely ever talk about his golf game. Whenever I talk to him, it’s always about his kids right away and then maybe talk about golf,” said Horchel after the round.
He finished in a tie for second place behind Collin Morikawa.
Morikawa interned on wearing red, but due to bad weather, could not get a red shirt shipped to him in time.
He honored Woods by winning the tournament.
“So Adidas was supposed to send — or they did send red shirts. They’re not at fault. With all the weather stuff and everything, I think it got stuck in Memphis. I was literally — we got the tracking number, I was checking it last night, I was checking it this morning. J.J. even went down to the distribution center, because actually before all this stuff happened with Tiger, I was going to wear yesterday’s outfit for today. But after we found out some guys wanted to wear red, I wanted to wear red, I had these black pants, worked out perfect. You know, my agent said even though the shirt wasn’t there, go out and play like Tiger would with the lead. I think I did,” said Morikawa in his press conference while holding the trophy.