Feb. 28 (UPI) — Multiple golfers, including Rory McIlroy and Tony Finau, wore red shirts and black pants in honor of golf star Tiger Woods for Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Workday Championship in Bradenton, Fla.
Along with wearing Woods’ traditional colors, Finau arrived at The Concession Golf Club with his black Nike hat turned backward — the way Woods has often arrived at tournaments.
Also Sunday, the entire PGA Tour grounds crew at the Puerto Rico Championship donned red and black for Woods, who traditionally has worn those colors on Sunday dating back to the early parts of his professional career.
In a tweet Sunday night, Woods said it was “touching” to see everyone wearing his trademark colors. The social media post marked his first public comments since his involvement in a single-vehicle rollover crash last week that left him with serious leg injuries.
“It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the TV and saw all the red shirts,” Woods wrote. “To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”
Backwards hat. @TonyFinauGolf is showing his support for Tiger. https://t.co/2PjHduPxdn pic.twitter.com/i3YWbR5Yew— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2021
The first time @McIlroyRory has worn red and black in his career. pic.twitter.com/mpXDbJreOD— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 28, 2021
It’s a @TigerWoods Sunday for the maintenance staff at the @PuertoRicoOpen. @PGATOUR pic.twitter.com/OheyF4o1N8— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) February 28, 2021
The 45-year-old Woods suffered multiple “open fractures” to his lower right leg and had a rod put in his tibia as a result of the accident. He also had screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during the emergency surgery.
Woods is still hospitalized in Southern California, and authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash that occurred near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
Among the golfers who arrived in red Sunday were Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Cameron Champ, Sebastian Munoz, Patrick Reed, McIlroy and Finau. Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm wore a shade of red that appeared to be more pink.
Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar and Day also used a Bridgestone golf ball with Woods’ name stamped on the side to further honor the legendary golfer.
Collin Morikawa, 24, finished at 18-under par to win the WGC-Workday Championship on Sunday. Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland and Billy Horschel were 15-under par to end in a tie for second.