When Tiger Woods Was Left ‘Bewildered’ By His
Opponent’s Mind Games

The 2008 U. S. Open is considered one of the greatest tournaments in the history of golf. It is said one can’t simply forget the intensity and the unpredictability of the event that year. But what is most remembered from the tournament is Rocco Mediate wearing the iconic colors that his opponent, Tiger Woods, wears on Sundays as a tradition in the playoffs.

tiger's powerful

The color red is synonymous with Tiger who has always donned the same when playing tournaments on Sundays. There have been some changes made in terms of the design of the apparel. Nevertheless, the color has always stayed the same. The reason for it? His mother considers red and black to be his “powerful colors.”

Mediate chose to wear red and black

Before the 2008 U. S. Open, Woods had won all his 13 majors while sporting the same colors in the final rounds. It had by then almost become his trademark colors. Yet, Mediate chose to wear red and black on the playoff day at the U. S. Open in 2008.

Williams remembers how Woods felt in
2008 US Open

“Can you honestly believe what he’s got on? I said, ‘that’s pretty ballsy,' He (Tiger) was bewildered," explained the former caddie of the 15-time major winner, on a recent episode of the 'Chasing Majors' podcast.

Tiger Woods vs Rocco Mediate, the drama at the
2008 U. S. Open

Woods entered the 2008 U. S. Open just two months after going through arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Meanwhile, Rocco Mediate was World No. 158 when he entered the field at the Torrey Pines. Despite having an upper hand in the tournament, it took 91 holes for Tiger to win over Mediate.

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