Tiger Woods Caddie
November 9, 2011 by staff
The thought of putting a brand new Nike into the water a third time was too horrible for Tiger to contemplate.
So the caddy reached into his kit bag and blew the dust off a used ball.
Woods quickly proved he was human after all as he produced the good, bad and downright ugly in the Pro-Am at The Lakes Golf Club.
The walking headline failed to answer the one question every golf fan wanted to know ahead of today’s Australian Open – can he end his two-year tournament drought?
John Daly will leave people guessing with what colour he wears on to the first tee. And how many times world No. 4 Dustin Johnson spits his chewing tobacco is anybody’s guess.
But can Tiger really win the Australian Open?
Yesterday, he birdied the sixth, eighth, eleventh, 16th and 17th holes. But he also found the trees on the fifth and did not bother to finish the hole. He also left too many putts short on the slow greens.
On Tuesday Woods spoke of his need to play in more tournaments and to be more consistent.
“I also need the bad rounds, need to be under par, not over par – I need to turn the 73s and 74s into 68s and 69s, something I haven’t done this (two-year) stretch,” Woods said yesterday. “That’s something I’m looking forward to doing again.”
This was the same man who arrived in Sydney for the first time in 1996 and played in the Open at The Australian. He produced a forgettable 79 on the Thursday.
Woods made the cut, then later went on to dominate the world before scandal and injuries brought his world crumbling down in 2009. Back in his day, Woods drove them longer, more accurately and overall turned in much prettier scorecards.
But such is his aura, Woods will still command the largest following this afternoon. It is the reason he has been elevated to $8 favouritism with TAB Sportsbet.
But would those same punters have backed him had they witnessed yesterday’s effort on the 14th?
Nevertheless, Woods was an awesome sight on a picture-perfect Sydney morning.
Former Test bowler and boss of Cricket NSW David Gilbert found himself one of the lucky golfers to play in the same group as Woods.
“I reckon the last time I had felt that nervous was walking on to the field for my Test debut,” said Gilbert.
“With Tiger, every hole he gave himself a chance. Wouldn’t you love to see him back challenging for titles again because he’s such a crowd-puller?”
Emirates vice president of Australasia Barry Brown was another lucky amateur who went around and said of Woods: “That’s one thing off my bucket list.”
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