Tiger Woods played the AT&T National on Saturday with little more of a handful of fans present where usually thousands stand. Did Tiger’s fan base finally dwindle down to almost nothing after too many disappointments coming from this pro-player? No, the lonely golfer’s fans weren’t allowed on the course due to Friday night’s storms leaving the area unsafe for the masses!
To top it off, Tiger finished Saturday just one behind the leader, he had a great day without an entourage of enthusiastic fans cheering him on throughout the course. Woods seemed to embrace the somewhat alone time on the course, clear by his game. He goes into Sunday’s round 6-under, just a shot behind the leader, Brendan De Jonge.
The game for Tiger Woods was very different Saturday. As he pulled drives into the rough at the fourth and sixth holes, no fans surrounded his ball like it was a golden egg as usual. A fist pump from Tiger, when he chipped in from off the green for birdie, wasn’t followed by the powerful roar of applause from his fans, according to ESPN.
It seems this silent day of the AT&T National was just what this former number one golfer in the world needed to get his game on track for the day. Tiger’s partner, Bo Van Pelt, felt cheated out of the energy players get from the crowds cheers, like what they would have heard when Tiger chipped in at the sixth hole.
Fans are due back on the course Sunday baring any more storms messy up the area. They’ll return to follow Tiger Woods around the course as his day of quiet slips into history and the game of golf gets back to normal. Will normal act as a good or bad place for Tiger on Sunday?