It has looked for weeks like Tiger Woods would come back to play the Quail Hollow Championship, which he committed to do today -- here's Ron Green's story about that.
But it's never quite certain Tiger is coming until it happens. Now that it is official, Tiger's appearance is very good news for a tournament that needs to sell a few more tickets and can now be assured of having the world's 3 top players (Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia by the current rankings).
When Woods comes to Charlotte, as he has 3 times in the previous 6 tournaments, everything feels different. It's like when you walk into the party, see all the people you want to see, and realize you're in the right place and are going to have a great time. Woods won the tournament in 2007, then missed last year due to injury.
Woods actually isn't as personable with fans as Mickelson, Garcia or practically anyone else you'd care to name in this field. He's about the golf. He's always been about the golf. Woods stares laser beams during every round, totally ignoring whatever else is in his way.
So if you're going out to Quail Hollow simply to try and get Woods' autograph, good luck. You'll need it. But if you're coming out to watch Tiger play and marvel at the tricks he can play with a golf ball, you're in luck. No one is better at that, and Quail Hollow is very fortunate to get him again.
11 months ago