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Tiger’s 82 Winning Shirts

He has held the Claret Jug and worn a green jacket, in both cases more than once. He has held up all kinds of trophies, most often with one obvious accessory -- a red shirt on Sunday.

Tiger Woods has won 82 times in his professional career, including twice at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf which this week hosts the 150th Open Championship. Should he overcome injuries once more and earn victory No. 83 he would pass Sam Snead for the most in the history of men’s professional golf. The common thread in most of the first 82 has been Woods wearing a red shirt on Sunday when he held up a trophy. (There were three times he didn’t wear red, but we’ll get to that later.) The tradition of the red began with his mother, Kultida, who believes this is “his power color.” What follows is a study of primary shirt colors in all those wins -- in PGA Tour events and major championships. Shirt colors were compiled from photos of each Woods victory, and sorted by hex color into categories: dark red, light red, burgundy and non-red. Only final-round shirts were used, excluding any sweaters, vests or jackets. The most prominent color visible was used when shirts had multiple colors.
Woods has 82 winning shirts.
30 of them were dark red ...

27 were light red ...

22 were burgundy ...

And 3 were non-red colors.

Woods has won 15 majors, second only to Jack Nicklaus.
The shirt colors: 9 dark red, 4 burgundy, 2 light red.
The famous Tiger Slam: 2 burgundy shirts, 2 dark red.
Light red accounted for $31.5M of prize money, most of any color group.
Win No. 1
Win No. 82
'97 Masters
'00 The Open
'01 Players
'05 Doral
'06 The Open
'19 Masters
'99 PGA
'00 U.S. Open
'05 The Open
'96 Vegas
'00 Bay Hill
Dark red: 30
The shade of victory
No shade has been more common than dark red. For perspective, Woods' 30 wins in dark red alone would give him the 16th-most wins in tour history, just ahead of Lee Trevino. Others have tried to mimic Woods. "The best player to ever live when I was growing up wore black pants, a red shirt," Patrick Reed said. "I always thought it would be cool to wear black and red come Sunday."
Tiger Woods' red shirts over time Tiger Woods' red shirts over time
Yr
Event
Score
'96
WDW/Oldsmobile Classic
-21
'97
Mercedes Championships
-14
'97
Masters
-18
'97
Motorola Western Open
-13
'98
BellSouth Classic
-17
'99
Buick Invitational
-22
'99
Memorial Tournament
-15
'99
Motorola Western Open
-15
'99
PGA Championship
-11
'00
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
-15
'00
The Open
-19
'01
Masters
-16
'01
Memorial Tournament
-17
'02
U.S. Open
-3
'03
Buick Invitational
-16
'03
Bay Hill Invitational
-19
'04
Accenture Match Play
3 & 2
'05
Buick Invitational
-16
'05
Masters
-12
'05
NEC Invitational
-6
'06
Deutsche Bank Championship
-16
'07
Bridgestone Invitational
-8
'07
PGA Championship
-8
'08
Accenture Match Play
8 & 7
'08
Arnold Palmer Invitational
-10
'08
U.S. Open
-1
'09
Memorial Tournament
-12
'09
Buick Open
-20
'09
BMW Championship
-19
'19
Masters
-13
-13.3
Avg. score
27.2
Avg. age
$889K
Avg. prize money
Light red: 27
The shade of money
Red, no matter the shade, has always been on competitors' minds. Former world No. 1 Luke Donald planned to wear red on the final day of the 2006 PGA Championship. "I knew I was playing with Tiger [on Sunday]. I think if I changed my outfit, it was almost like giving in to him already on the first hole. ... I wasn't trying to make a statement. I thought if I changed, I'd have already lost." Donald shot 74. Woods, in his lighter red look, posted 68 and won.
Tiger Woods' red shirts over time Tiger Woods' red shirts over time
Yr
Event
Score
'97
Motorola Western Open
-13
'05
Ford Championship at Doral
-24
'06
Buick Invitational
-10
'06
Ford Championship at Doral
-20
'06
The Open
-18
'06
Buick Open
-24
'06
PGA Championship
-18
'06
Bridgestone Invitational
-10
'06
American Express Championship
-23
'07
Buick Invitational
-15
'07
WGC-CA Championship
-10
'07
BMW Championship
-22
'07
Tour Championship
-23
'08
Buick Invitational
-19
'09
Arnold Palmer Invitational
-5
'09
AT&T National
-13
'09
Bridgestone Invitational
-12
'12
Arnold Palmer Invitational
-13
'12
Memorial Tournament
-9
'12
AT&T National
-8
'13
Farmers Insurance Open
-14
'13
Cadillac Championship
-19
'13
Arnold Palmer Invitational
-13
'13
Players Championship
-13
'13
Bridgestone Invitational
-15
'18
Tour Championship
-11
'19
Zozo Championship
-19
-15.1
Avg. score
33
Avg. age
$1.2M
Avg. prize money
Burgundy: 22
The shade of his 20s
A younger Woods seemed to like this shade. Of his 46 wins before turning 30, 21 came in burgundy. Oh, and four of those early wins were majors. More? Half of his four wins during the 2000-01 Tiger Slam happened in burgundy. According to The Wall Street Journal, this era brought change. The collar from Woods' shirt at the 2002 Masters wilted in the heat and led to Nike reengineering the collars to hold up in hot conditions.
Tiger Woods' red shirts over time Tiger Woods' red shirts over time
Yr
Event
Score
'99
NEC Invitational
-10
'99
National Car Rental Golf Classic
-17
'99
Tour Championship
-15
'99
American Express Championship
-6
'00
Memorial Tournament
-19
'00
U.S. Open
-12
'00
PGA Championship
-18
'00
NEC Invitational
-21
'00
Bell Canadian Open
-22
'01
Bay Hill Invitational
-15
'01
Players Championship
-14
'01
NEC Invitational
-12
'02
Bay Hill Invitational
-13
'02
Masters
-12
'02
Buick Open
-17
'02
American Express Championship
-25
'03
Accenture Match Play
2 & 1
'03
100th Western Open
-21
'03
American Express Championship
-6
'05
The Open
-14
'05
American Express Championship
-10
'07
Wachovia Championship
-13
-14.2
Avg. score
25.5
Avg. age
$902K
Avg. prize money
Non-red: 3
The shade of his first win
So, about those three times he wasn't wearing red ... In 1996, he won his first PGA Tour event in a predominantly white Nike shirt. His 27-under finish at the Las Vegas Invitational was the lowest of his career. Tiger says he still has the giant check from that one hanging in his office. Two other times, both in 2000, he wore predominantly black-and-white shirts for wins. The other 79 wins all came in some version of red.
Tiger Woods' red shirts over time Tiger Woods' red shirts over time
Yr
Event
Score
'96
Las Vegas Invitational
-27
'00
Mercedes Championships
-16
'00
Bay Hill Invitational
-18
-20.3
Avg. score
22.7
Avg. age
$453K
Avg. prize money
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