Tiger Woods' Sunday Red fetches $139k at auction

A red shirt worn by golfing legend Tiger Woods sold for $139 348 at a recently concluded auction.

According to Woods' mother, red is his power colour and the 15-time major winner has gone on to prove that on many an occasion. "And you know, you should always listen to your mom," he quipped earlier this year.

Fans have become accustomed to seeing Woods clad in red, striding down the 18th on a Sunday of a major, just a putt away from another trophy.

Golden Age Auctions recently put one of Woods' iconic shirts - his 2010 Masters shirt - up for auction on 22 November. After 31 bids, the shirt finally sold for a pretty penny on 10 December.

Keen golf fans will point out that Woods didn't actually win the 2020 Masters… he finished five strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson. So why the interest?

Well, it is autographed along with "2010 Masters final round" inscribed on it. Also, the tournament was Woods' first Masters since his 2009 car crash and his infidelity saga.

"Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year," Golden Age Auctions co-founder Ryan Carey told Golf Digest in November.

"A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1m at Sotheby's, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3m. We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface."

That last comment cuts golf fans deep. Woods is currently rehabilitating his leg following a serious car crash in February. The 46-year-old played in the Masters, withdrew from the PGA Championship and limped around St Andrews at The Open, admitting that swinging is fine but walking is an issue.

"The goal is to play the majors and maybe one or two more," Woods said last month.

"Physically, that's all I can do. I don't have much left in this leg. I can hit whatever shot you want, I just can't walk. I've had a few setbacks throughout the year, that I was somehow still able to play through. But this one, I just can't. Only time can heal this one."

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