Wow, imagine the coincidence of Tiger Woods practicing at Oakmont and just spontaneously deciding to give a clinic to American Express
suckers guests on U.S. Open Preview Day. And lo and behold the AP writer is there to cover it.
Praise the Lord!
Woods spent the last two days at Oakmont, the premiere championship golf course in America that had been somewhat of a mystery to him. He didn't qualify for his first U.S. Open until the year after Ernie Els won at Oakmont in 1994, so this had been a course Woods only knew from newspaper clippings and television highlights.I guess that's a nice way of saying "it's all NOT right in front of you."
"I like it," he said. "I can't recall many golf courses where you don't see the fairway and green on the same hole. Maybe at St. Andrews, but that's about it."
Monday also turned into quite a mystery for the 82 people who didn't know they would get to tag along.
They were American Express card members who paid $900 for an event called "2007 U.S. Open Preview Day," not realizing that it would include more than a round of golf and free lunch until Woods entered the room from a back door to stunned silence, followed by high-fives and then a standing ovation.
They were told they would get a seminar on how to prepare for a U.S. Open.
They had no idea their instructor would be the world's No. 1 player, with ABC Sports anchor Mike Tirico as the emcee.
"I hope you guys didn't get slaughtered out there," Woods told them before inviting them along for his third and final practice round.