Patrick Reed is the 2018 Masters Champion, having just capped off one of the most anticipated major championship weeks in recent memory. Young guns like Reed, Jordan Speith, and Rickie Fowler finished in the top three, but coming into Augusta, much of the buzz was around Tiger Woods, who was playing in his first major since 2015. While Woods was sidelined, Reed rose as one the brightest young talents on tour. As many young golfers did, Reed grew up idolizing Woods, so he even began wearing the customary Tiger Woods red shirt on Sundays (to mixed results among golf fans). But on the day he slipped on the green jacket, Reed was wearing pink, not red, and the reason behind the switch was none other than a directive from Nike.
According to Nike, which signed Reed to an apparel deal early this year, all of its athletes were wearing the same color on Saturday as Sunday, which in Reed's case was pink. Rory McIlroy, another Nike Golf athlete, wore blue on both days. "Nike's doing a new thing where all all the players stay in the same kind of story line," Reed said earlier this weekend. "To all the players will either be in this color or that gray, grayish black today and yesterday and then all of us will be in the same color tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday."
That might be true, but fact is a red shirt and black pants on Sunday has been Tiger Woods' signature since he first won The Masters in 1997. So though Woods wore blue on Saturday, he was seemingly exempt from Nike's new color-coded policy, and shot a solid 3-under 69 on Sunday donning a red shirt, black pants, and black sweater vest. Reed may have won, but he's still got a long way to go to reach Tiger's level, on the course and at Nike.
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