Patrick Reed wears red and black on Sundays because of Tiger Woods
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With his victory on Sunday at the Cadillac Championship, Patrick Reed joined an exclusive club. He became one of only five players to have earned three PGA Tour titles by the age of 24. The other four are Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy – and Tiger Woods.
Doral marks the first time that Reed won with Woods in the field, and one similarity you might have noticed was their attire. Reed has worn red shirts and black pants in each of his three triumphs – and that's no accident.
When asked about his apparel choice on Sunday, Reed explained that "the best player ever to live when I was growing up wore black pants, a red shirt. I was growing up watching him, I always thought, you know, it would be cool to wear black and red come down Sunday."
Reed has worn red and black for his final rounds since his youth – "I did it when I was in juniors, I did it in amateur golf, and you know, it's worked," he said. "Obviously there's something behind it.
See this weekSo, has Tiger ever said anything to him about his sartorial selection?
He hasn't," Reed said, adding jokingly, "It's one of those things that I don't think he really has any white or black in his shirts; he just has solid red and black pants.
"It's one of those things that I've been comfortable wearing it and you know, obviously he's been comfortable wearing it," he added. "Just happens to be that we both wear it on Sunday now."
There obviously was a period of time when no other player would have dared to wear red and black on Sundays. Do you consider Reed's choice an homage to Woods or a challenge?
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