Here’s Why Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, and Others Are Wearing Blue Ribbons at the PNC Championship

Published 12/19/2021, 8:18 AM EST
Dec 18, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods waiting on the 18th tee box during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters


The 2021 PNC Championship is the biggest golf event that’s happening right now. The PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament got a major boost when Tiger Woods announced his participation last week. While all eyes were on Team Woods during Round 1 on Thursday, there was another moment that created massive intrigue. 

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If one paid attention to detail during the first round, they would have noticed a blue ribbon pinned on the hats of a few players – Tiger Woods had it, Justin Thomas had it, and so did their respective teammates.

Why were Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas wearing blue ribbons at the PNC Championship? 

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Every small act has a reason behind it. Likewise, the blue ribbon on the players’ hats had its significance. Last week, there was a devastating tornado that ripped through Kentucky, claiming the lives of more than 60 people.

This was one of the deadliest tornadoes in the United States, destructing anything that came in front of its path. The tornado has been deemed the deadliest storm in the state’s history, and Justin Thomas, being a Kentucky native, felt the urge to donate to the state’s relief. 

Witnessing the devastation of the tornado, Justin Thomas approached the PNC Championship organizers and suggested the idea to wear blue ribbons on their hats as a tribute to all those who lost their lives and were affected by the Kentucky tornado.

Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. – December 18, 2021 Tiger Woods of the U.S. and Justin Thomas of the U.S. during the first round REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Thomas’ wonderful gesture was brought to light by the commentary team during the live stream of the PNC Championship Round 1. Furthermore, the 14-time PGA Tour winner has also pledged to donate all of his winnings from this event to the tornado relief. 

Thomas’ gesture has impacted the likes of Tiger Woods and more. Woods and his son Charlie were seen sporting the blue ribbon, paying tribute. 

Is Justin Thomas the defending champion at PNC? 

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Yes, JT has put his title on the title at the 2021 PNC Championship. Thomas and his father Mike won the event last year in a terrific fashion. The duo carded -25 through two rounds and swept away the title honors at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. 

Team Thomas is once again looking strong and might successfully defend their title in 2021. The father/son duo carded a 12-under in Round 1 and sit just one stroke behind leaders Team Cink. 

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Do you think Justin Thomas and his dad can repeat their magical performance from last year? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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