BRADENTON, Fla. – Tiger Woods said in a tweet on Sunday night it was “touching” to see so many players wear his trademark Sunday red for the final round of the WGC Workday Championship just days after he was in a serious car accident Admitted to the hospital and urgently needed an operation.
“It’s hard to explain how touching it was today when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts,” Woods wrote in the tweet. “For every golfer and every fan, you really help me through this difficult time.”
It’s hard to explain how touching it was today when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts. For every golfer and fan, you really help me through this difficult time.
– Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 1, 2021
Woods, 45, suffered multiple injuries in the car accident. He was operated on for a long time and remains in the hospital in Southern California.
Collin Morikawa planned to join other players in honoring Woods by wearing a red shirt and black pants. But his clothing company’s gear didn’t arrive in time, so Morikawa paid better tribute: he turned a 54-hole lead into a win at Concession Golf Club and shot a round of 69 finals to win his fourth PGA Tour title by 3 strokes over Brooks Koepka, Billy Horschel and Viktor Hovland.
At the age of 24, Morikawa Woods joined as the only other player who had a major championship and a world golf title before he was 25.
“Tiger means everything to me,” said Morikawa. “I hope he is fine and will recover quickly.” Sometimes we don’t say thank you enough and I wanted to say thank you to Tiger. Sometimes you lose people too soon. I lost my grandpa about a month ago and you can’t say thank you enough. ”
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– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2021
– PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) February 28, 2021
Tony Finau made the biggest appearance with a red golf shirt with a mock neck, black pants and his Nike hat backwards – the way Woods often comes to tournaments.
“I was pretty inspired,” said Finau. “I heard earlier that some people would.” I certainly felt it was just a nice gesture. We’ve spent so many Sundays watching Tiger do his thing. Red and black, that’s what Tiger does on Sundays. To just join in and let Tiger know that we are giving him the best possible support. We’re still playing because we miss him out here, but it was just cool to be a part of it today. ”
At the Puerto Rico Championship, the opposing field event won by Branden Grace this week, the entire ground team wore red for Woods. Phil Mickelson, who played the PGA Tour Champions event in Arizona, said he bought a shirt locally to pay tribute to Woods.
Wood’s mother, Tida, had suggested the clothes when he was a young professional, and he ended up following at all costs.
Those who arrived at the Concession Golf Club in red included Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Cameron Champ, Sebastian Munoz, Rory McIlroy, and Patrick Reed. Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas wore a shade of red that appeared to be pink.
“Of course there is nothing we can do to help him, but I think it’s important that he feels supported,” said Thomas, who is one of Woods’ closest friends among the youngsters on tour. “I think that shows him support. It’s not something that will happen every week; it’s not something people do every day. But obviously Sunday is a very special day for him and what he wears, and it just seemed like a great chance that people would have the opportunity to do so. ”
Another close friend of Woods’ McIlroy said, “I think it’s just a gesture for us to let him know we think of him and put down roots for him. Obviously things are a little better today than you are were on Tuesday, but he still has a lot to do.
“He has a great recovery ahead of him. But I just think everyone shows their appreciation for what they mean to us out here. If it weren’t for Tiger Woods, I just think the tour and the game of golf in general would be like that . ” in a worse place. He meant a lot to us, he still means a lot to us, and I think that was just a small way to show that. “
Day, Bryson DeChambeau, and Matt Kuchar each also used a Bridgestone golf ball with Tiger’s name on the side.
“You know what, he’s an idol,” Munoz said. “He’s the reason I played golf today.” It’s just a little homage I wanted to pay him today for how much his life or work has influenced my life. Just a little homage. ”