Tiger Woods watches Stanford-Oregon game from Turkey, sacrificing sleep but gaining inspiration

Tiger Woods at the Turkish Airlines Open
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Tiger Woods was back in action as the sun came up in Turkey on Friday, but he had been up since 3:30 a.m. watching the Stanford game.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, November 08, 2013 | 1:53 p.m.

Did you stay up late Thursday night to watch the Stanford-Oregon football game? I sure did.

So did Tiger Woods. The only difference was he's in Turkey this week.

Woods got up at 3:30 a.m. Turkey time to catch his alma mater's biggest game of the season. He was rewarded for his sacrifice as the Cardinal raced out to a big lead, then held off the Ducks late for a 26-20 win. But his anxiety over the ever-tightening score in the second half was complicated by the fact that he had to be back on the course at 8:00 a.m. to finish up his rain-delayed first round, then play the entirety of his second round.

"I had to stay longer watching the game than I wanted to," he said. "It was one of those games where it looked like we were going up 29-7. But the next thing you know, Oregon comes back at us. 

"I'm thinking I have to go warm up for this tournament," he added. "So I'm saying, 'come on guys, can't you just run the clock out' and they finally did." 

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The inspiration Woods received from the Cardinal victory more than offset his loss of sleep. He wrapped up the last seven holes of his first-round 70, took a little lunch break, then posted a blistering nine-birdie 63 to zoom from six shots back to only one behind heading into the weekend.

Back in the good ol' U S of A, another prominent Stanford alum also was glued to the TV set. Michelle Wie didn't exactly live-tweet the game from her new home base in Florida, but she did post a few Twitter thoughts that reflected its flow.

At game time, she retweeted an ESPN tweet that read: ''Raise your hand if you want Stanford to ruin Oregon's season. '' As Stanford built its big lead, she followed up with a tweet that said: ''This is unreal!!! #GOCARD''

And when the Cardinal finally sealed the victory, she ended her night with this:

Then, we can only hope, she got more sleep than Tiger did.