NASSAU, Bahamas – Hideki Matsuyama’s clothes for Saturday’s round at the Hero World Challenge had already been scripted, but when the stars aligned and he found himself paired with Tiger Woods he knew it was perfect.
Matsuyama approached Woods on the first tee and explained.
“Nice color,” Woods smiled, a nod to Matsuyama’s black pants and red shirt, which is the 14-time major champion’s signature Sunday outfit.
“You’re going to wear this tomorrow, right?” Matsuyama joked.
Matsuyama considered not wearing the red and black, but figured it may give Woods – who is making his first start since having fusion surgery on his lower back in April – some inspiration.
Hero World Challenge: Articles, photos and video
Full-field scores from the Hero World Challenge
“I was thinking it was a nice outfit to show up wearing,” Matsuyama said. “If it makes him happy, then I’ll do anything.”
Matsuyama’s wardrobe did little to help Woods, who struggled to a 3-over 75 and faded into a tie for 10th place, but it may have helped the Japanese star, who carded a scrappy 72 that Woods appreciated.
“Hideki today, I think he made 50 birdies and 50 bogeys and shot even par,” Woods laughed. “I just couldn’t get birdies like he it.”