It worked for Donald Trump, so why not for Tiger Woods?
That must have been the idea Zach Johnson had before the Ryder Cup, trying to get a rise out of the 14-time major champion in the team room at Hazeltine National. After a successful Friday that saw the U.S. take a 5-3 lead over their European foes, Johnson spoke up to the assembled team.
“I just want to pay tribute to one of our assistant captains,” he said, according to ESPN. “A man who has done so much for this game.”
And that was the cue for the entire team — and we mean the entire team — to get up, unzip the tops of their Rickie Fowler-presented red, white and blue onesies and reveal red T-shirts with the phrase “Make Tiger Great Again” on them. Johnson had bought the shirts.
Woods loved it.
“I thought it was awesome,” Woods said. “For them to come together and do something like that, it unified all of us. It was great.”
Of course, that probably wasn’t the sole catalyst for the Americans’ 17-11 win, their first since 2008 in the series. However, Woods was credited as a big help, a voice for guys like Patrick Reed and a strategist who poured his energy into matching the right U.S. players against the Euros.