T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Tiger shows up too early for practice round at Muirfield
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 9:21 a.m.
Tiger Woods has always been known as an early riser, who likes to take in extra early practice rounds.
At Muirfield on Monday, that extra early round wasn't an option... even for the world's No. 1 player.
Woods showed up to the 10th tee at Muirfield at 6:40 a.m. hoping to set out for a practice round. However, a security guard alerted Woods that he'd have to wait 20 minutes to tee off. There are signs at Muirfield that clearly let players know they can't tee off until 7 a.m. (so that fans can take in as much play as possible and the grounds crew has time to prepare the course).
In his press conference later in the day, Woods conceded it wasn't a big deal at all and he "totally understood" the rule.
"I like getting up early, especially when the sun comes up at 4 in the morning here," he said. "It's hard to sleep in. And I don't sleep much to begin with. It's light early. I've always liked coming out here. The golf course doesn't change much; from five in the morning to seven at night, nine at night, it's virtually the same."
"Peter was explaining that he's having the grounds crew cut it from No. 1 through 18 as a routine, to get them accustomed to that pattern for the championship. That's one of the reasons why he wants us to tee off at 7 on the first tee. I totally understand it."
Kudos to the security guard who had the nerve to tell Tiger he had to wait! Imagine being that guy?
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