The first image a lot of people have of Tiger Woods is him fist pumping as the final putt sank in the 1997 Masters. Woods was wearing a red Nike sweater and black pants on that day at Augusta National.
In the 16-plus years that have passed, that Sunday outfit hasn't changed much -- at least in terms of color. Woods has continued to wear a red shirt for the final round of every tournament in which he plays. The commitment to red has even led to the nickname "Red Shirt."
But what got Woods stuck on wearing red in the first place? Woods explained Wednesday in a news conference at the AT&T National.
“I've worn red ever since my college days basically, or junior golf days – big events on the last day,” Woods said. “I just stuck with it out of superstition, and it worked. I just happened to choose a school that actually was red, and we wore red on our final day of events. So it worked out.”
Woods won't be seen in red this Sunday -- he's not competing at Congressional C.C. this week because of an elbow injury -- but the next time he's seen in Scotland at the Open Championship, don't expect him to make a palette change.
“I came out here and I continued it,” he added. “I've had a few wins wearing red, and it's not going to change.”