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Tuesday
Jul162013

Headline Writers Feast On Tiger's Early Practice Round Restart

There wasn't much of a story, but the photos and headlines conjured up a little fun Tuesday after Tiger teed off Monday at 6:40 am., only to be told he had to wait until 7 am.

From The Herald: Tiger Woods sent off with his tail between his legs

The Herald also featured a priceless shot that sadly ran too small online because in it you'd see the "Huh" grimace on Lindsey Vonn's face on the mis-identified photo suggesting caddie Joe LaCava is present (or he's shrunk!).

John Greechan's Daily Mail story features a nice array of images showing a shocked, hurt and completely compliant Tiger with quotes making clear this was a misunderstanding. That didn't stop this headline:

What made Tiger bare his claws at Muirfield steward during Open practice round?

There was buried lede of sorts in Ewan Murray's Guardian account: the 7 am start is not just for course preparation, but also for spectators.

On Monday morning Woods was told he could not tee off as planned from the 10th tee at 6.40am. Signs on the course note that play is prevented until 7am to allow greens staff time to prepare and exit the course. A championship spokesman said: "The practice tee opens at 7am and that was communicated to the players.

"This is to help spectators see as much play as possible and to give the greenkeepers sufficient time to prepare the course to the highest standard each morning."

Tiger cleared things up in his Tuesday morning press conference:

Q. We know you are somebody that likes to practice at the crack of dawn before the Majors. We understand you were prevented from going out before 7:00 yesterday. Can you tell us the circumstances? Has it been an inconvenience not to be able to practice earlier? Do you think perhaps you were targeted slightly so that more people can see you later in the day?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I like getting up early, especially when the sun comes up at 4:00 in the morning here. It's hard to sleep in. And I don't sleep much to begin with. It's light early. I've always liked coming out here. The golf course doesn't change much; from five in the morning to seven at night, nine at night, it's virtually the same. Peter was explaining that he's having the grounds crew cut it from No. 1 through 18 as a routine, to get them accustomed to that pattern for the championship. That's one of the reasons why he wants us to tee off at 7:00 on the first tee. I totally understand it. I remember at St. Andrews, that Mark, Calc and I would go out there at about 5 a.m. and drop at ball on 2, and play on and come back in. And go back out and putt it at 8 or 9 at night.

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Reader Comments (13)

Tiger: "The golf course doesn't change much; from five in the morning to seven at night, nine at night, it's virtually the same."
Oh yeah? Refer to the Elk story elsewhere on this page, Tadhg.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
I think he was referring to the turf...which is not growing much these days.
07.16.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Tiger; a couple of Ambien and a few drinks might help with that sleep issue.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck
Tiger is trying to play it down but I think he won't be happy. He will want to work on his game when it's quiet and isn't disturbed.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartin
I was thinking of the dew - amongst other things.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
@ Martin, too bad, everyone follows the same rules.
Also, if he wants to work without being disturbed, it might be a good idea to not bring his girlfriend along for the practice rounds.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Burried in the story is that a handful of other players (including known speedster Snedeker) were 86'd too.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Got a report he did the same thing at Merion, but was not as polite with the USGA.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaboy
Paboy - I heard the same thing from an impeachable source. I'd say he was ticked off quietly and realized he was offside.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Man, Lindsey sure is quite the loyal girlfrliend. Up that early to do nothing but follow her man in a practice round? She looked very bored yesterday on tv. Is this a photo-op for both or true love? Definitely doesn't seem Tiger-like, but people can change.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
About LV, who knows? Unlike many WAGS, she may be in the habit of working long days and this is the closest thing to a "normal" life she has lived in decades. I admire her for this, bored or not. Compared to downhill racing, almost every sport must seem tame.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
The "rule" at Muirfield is to wait for instructions.

I had a tee time of 8:00am once and obediently kept looking at the clubhouse clock until the secretary gruffly instructed me to tee off immediately (7:55am).

No fuss.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
The officials should have simply worn badges that said:

RTFS...FFS
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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