Tiger Woods has tweeted his gratitude from his hospital bed after players at the World Golf Championships donned red shirts in his honour.
- Players at the World Golf Championship wore red shirts and black trousers in imitation of Tiger Woods
- Collin Morikawa became the second player, after Woods, to win the WGC and a major before their 25th birthday
- Australian Cameron Smith finished in a tie for 11th, ahead of Jason Day who tied for 18th
Woods, who is recovering after suffering serious leg injuries in a car crash last week, told his 6.5 million followers just how much seeing the tribute was helping his recovery.
“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.”
Woods made the red short and black pants combo his Sunday trademark during a career which saw him win 15 majors.
On Sunday, US PGA champion Collin Morikawa emulated Woods with victory, but not with his attire.
Morikawa had planned to wear the red shirt and black pants combo, but his clothes did not arrive in time.
But he had the game as he saw off the challenges of Brooks Koepka (70), Viktor Hovland (67) and Billy Horschel (70), finishing three shots clear after carding a closing 69 at The Concession Golf Club to finish 18-under par.
He became the 24th player to win a major and a WGC title since this series began in 1999, joining Woods as the only players to win both before turning 25.
In his interview, he paid tribute to Woods, his golf idol growing up.
“We don’t say ‘Thank you’ enough,” Morikawa said, referring to how much Woods has raised the sport’s profile and prize money.
He also mentioned his grandfather dying a month ago and began to get emotional.
There were red numbers on the board and on the course, while several players, including Australian Jason Day, wore red.
“Obviously just paying respect to Tiger,” Day said after finishing tied 18th at seven-under following a final-round even-par 72.
Tony Finau took it an extra step by arriving at Concession with his cap turned backward.
“Red and black, we know that’s what Tiger does on Sundays, so just to join in and just let Tiger know we’re supporting him in the best way we can,” Finau said.
Cameron Smith rebounded from his horror third round to card a closing five-under 67 to be the best of the Australians in a share of 11th, eight shots behind Morikawa.
It was another promising showing ahead of next month’s Masters for Smith, after the 2020 Augusta National runner-up was fourth at the Genesis Invitational.
Despite back-to-back top 20 finishes after missing the cut in his first two tournaments of the year, Day admitted he struggled to get his game going at the same time.
“”The last two days [I was] disappointed with the ball-striking and actually really good with putting,” he said.
“So got to put those two together.”
Of the remaining Aussies in the field at the $US10.5 million ($13.5m) tournament, Min Woo Lee (72, tied 28th) was next best ahead of Marc Leishman (71, tied 39th), Jason Scrivener (75, tied 41st), Wade Ormsby (72, tied 52nd), Adam Scott (77, tied 54th), Brad Kennedy (73, tied 61st) and Lucas Herbert (74, tied 70th).