Tiger Woods’ tee shot was awful. He cursed loudly as the ball flew. Then, he threw his club. It was 1997. Woods, 21, was regarded as a very well-behaved man. His image changed, but for years fans in the Akron, Ohio, gallery had a “believe it or not” story to tell. They still have an “up close and personal” story.
You could have a similar story to tell about a great golfer if you attend the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In fact, I BET you will have an interesting story if you attend the Nov. 3-Nov. 6 tournament in Las Vegas. Last year’s fans do. They witnessed rookie Smylie Kaufman shoot a final round 61 -- two strokes from the PGA record, which is now 58 -- to win the tourney. He was seven strokes behind, but shot 9 under in the last 11 holes. If Kaufman becomes a star, fans could brag they saw him take his first step just like this 1996 tourney's fans could brag they saw Woods win his first professional title.
The tournament, though, is about more than golf. You also get the satisfaction of knowing that the event's proceeds go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 22 hospitals help children with burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate problems, and orthopaedic problems, including cerebral palsy and spina bifida.
If you want to watch golf history and help children, you can buy tickets at this Purplepass website that lists several great golfers who are in the field.