Friday, August 10, 2012
His ball was nestled in the deep rough left of the fairway on Hole No. 9. There was a tree nearby that posed another issue. But this was Tiger Woods, the most talented golfer on the planet.
I was standing along the rope behind the green about 100 yards away from him when he lined up his shot. Tiger’s swing was solid one. He muscled the ball out of the grass and it rolled to within three feet of the cup. It was an amazing effort.
Last Sunday, I attended my very first pro golf tournament when I made the trip to the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron. I was there for the final round and was sitting in the stands on No. 18 as Jim Furyk, who had led the event for 71 holes, double bogeyed 18 to lose by one stroke to Keegan Bradley.
I didn’t know I was going to the tournament until last Saturday night when a friend offered me his extra ticket. I was excited because I had never been to a pro golf tournament before. I’m not a golfer, but as a sports fan, I still follow what’s going on and sometimes watch golf on TV.
I’ve been to a few pro sporting events before — one NFL game and many Indians games. On a few occasions, I was lucky enough to have private access to a few cool events — the MLB All-Star game and an OSU-Michigan game to name two. I have to admit, I may have enjoyed the press box food more than the actual game.
Anyway, for this golf tourney, I didn’t have special access to anything — except the right to be an $8 pulled pork sandwich. I actually opted for the $6 combo meal that included a hot dog, bag of chips and can of pop. I’d give the hot dog a ‘7’ on the wiener rating scale.
The thing I enjoyed most about the tournament was that you could get really close to the action. You could literally hear the power behind the golfers’ swings and see their reactions. It was a very fan-friendly kind of event.
It seemed a lot different than attending a football, basketball or baseball game where you have to sit so far away from the action. I noticed that the type of fans was different, too. I didn’t see or hear any rowdy fans complaining about referees, spilling beer on people or swearing like a sailor.
All in all, it was one of the most enjoyable sporting events I’ve ever attended. I’m still a big football fan and golf won’t steal the heart of this sports fan, but I can definitely see myself attending more golf tournaments in the future.
We still need seven more participants for the Neighbors Fantasy Football League.
It’s easy to sign up: Log in to your Yahoo account, then find the Fantasy sports section. Click through to join a custom league and enter our league ID number (157522) and the password (addicts). Then, you can create and name your team. We will pick players through a live Yahoo draft on Friday, Aug. 24 at noon.