Tiger's Underway at Firestone
By mustang6560 on 8/4/11
Tiger Woods is off and running at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. And if you bet Tiger Woods would hit the fairway on his first hole back to competitive golf, then I'm afraid you lost some of your hard earned dough. Tiger pushed the ball right and ended up in a bunker, but he still managed to save par.

Why am I making such a big deal about Tiger's first tee shot? Well, you could actually bet at 4/9 odds that he would hit it. I contemplated the bet, but online betting is illegal in the United States so I decided against it.

I was watching "Golf Central Pre Game" on The Golf Channel during lunch and watched Tiger's opening tee shot. It truly is amazing/crazy how much attention he commands from the media and the fans. As soon as he hit his tee shot, several people in the gallery on hole one yelled "Get in the hole!" even though Tiger was hitting 3-wood on a 399 yard par 4. But hey, I can't fault them because there is something about yelling "Get in the hole!" at a golf tournament that is hard to resist...

During The Golf Channel's pre game show, one of the announcers made a comment about how the buzz surrounding Tiger at Firestone was so high before his opening tee shot that only one reported wanted to talk to Jason Day after he shot an opening round seven-under 63.

Now, I'm back at work and I'm streaming live coverage through PGATour.com's "Live@" service. I'm actually surprised how much coverage the "other" golfers are getting. I figured the majority of the focus would be on Tiger Woods. Feel free to view the comments section below as a live blog for round one. Have anything to share about the action? Let's hear it!



photo by Keith Allison


[ comments ]
Trav says:
Had to laugh when TWC, excuse me TGC, breathlessly reported on why Clarke was teeing off first in his group with Woods.
8/4/11
 
ponderous says:
Typo...

"... there is something about yelling 'Get in the hole!' at a golf tournament that is hard to resist."

s/b:

"... there is something about **hearing** 'Get in the hole!' yelled at a golf tournament that **makes it** hard to resist **murdering the tourettified jackasses**."
8/4/11
 
falcon50driver says:
@ponderous +1
8/4/11
 
birdieXris says:
i would'nt have bet he would be -2 going into 12. Hmm....... nice steady start. I wonder how the knee REALLY feels.
8/4/11
 
mustang6560 says:
@bXs- Agreed. Nine straight pars? Never would have thunk it...
8/4/11
 
srogers13 says:
Loved the guy who yell at Tiger's caddie when he got done raking the bunker on the first hole "Nice job, new guy."
8/4/11
 
gpickin says:
He finished -2 for the day.
1 bogey, 3 birdies.
Some nice lil fine shots when he needed some.

Looks pretty good for the day.
He said distance was the hardest thing for the day. But "hit it flush, and the ball was just going."
8/4/11
 
gpickin says:
Tiger -2
Williams -8 (with Adam Scott)
8/4/11
 
mustang6560 says:
Yup, SW won round one. But, this tournament's not over yet...
8/4/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Are you guys really going to do the Tiger vs Steve thing??
8/4/11
 
BogeyTime says:
Did tiger go back to the Scotty?
8/4/11
 
Matt F says:
Every time someone yells "get in the hole" on a par 4 or 5 tee shot, the rest of the gallery should be allowed to beat the living s%$# out of the clown.
8/5/11
 
falcon50driver says:
It's possible to "get in the hole" on a par 3, still doofus to yell it though.
8/5/11
 
falcon50driver says:
I gotta admit though, when one of my playing partners makes a truly horrible shot, like a shank that goes 90 degrees from the intended direction, or stubbs a 20 yard chip that only goes 2 feet. I'll yell at the ball "Get In The Hole" That's probably not welcomed either.
8/5/11
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... are you surprised?
8/5/11
 
JTW1 says:
"mwfaith1971 says:
Every time someone yells "get in the hole" on a par 4 or 5 tee shot, the rest of the gallery should be allowed to beat the living s%$# out of the clown.
1 hour ago"

I agree 100%
8/5/11
 
KVSmith59 says:
ditto. Most annoying thing. It's so stupid, I'm embarrased for the knucklehead who shouts it.
8/7/11
 
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