POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods finished a Quicken Loans National with a 66 and was on his approach to plead his opening with a media when he was asked to stop for a few pictures.
That’s not unusual.
Except on this occasion, a ask came from a man who had usually sealed his card.
“He’s in my opinion a biggest golfer ever to play, so it was one of my best rounds I’ve ever played,” Bronson Burgoon gushed after his turn of 67.
Woods acted with Burgoon and his caddie, and afterwards one of Burgoon’s friends stepped in for a picture.
Hold on. One more.
Burgoon’s mother came over, and Woods delivered another large grin as if they were aged friends.
Woods has a lot of new friends this year.
Bronson Burgoon and Tiger Woods shake hands on a 18th immature after a final turn of a Quicken Loans National.
He played a final turn of a Honda Classic with Sam Burns, who was innate a month before Woods done his veteran debut. At a Wells Fargo Championship, he played a final turn with Brandon Harkins, a 31-year-old rookie.
Woods spent Saturday on a TPC Potomac during Avenel Farm with Joel Dahmen, who also got a design with Woods, in a scoring area divided from a crowd.
“He done his fourth birdie in a quarrel and we couldn’t stop smiling,” Dahmen said. “That was a coolest thing ever on a golf course.”
There are no underline groups on a weekend. Pairings are dynamic particularly by a score. Woods has finished adult with a half-dozen players whom he had never met until being introduced on a initial tee.
Actually, Dahmen pronounced they had met before, during slightest in his eyes. It was during a Wells Fargo Championship, and they were in actor dining when they reached a potion fridge during about a same time.
“He said, ‘Please, go ahead,’ when he was grabbing a Coke and we was grabbing a beer,” Dahmen said. “So that was a initial time.”
Woods has overcome 4 surgeries on his left knee and 4 surgeries on a back. At this rate, his subsequent golf-related damage competence be his neck from straining it as he tries to hide a peek during golf bags to sees whose names are on it.
It’s a sign how many turnover there has been in golf given Woods final played a full report 5 years ago. Sure, he played for a initial time in 2013 with players like David Lynn, Kevin Chappell, Richard H. Lee and Robert Streb. Different now is that Woods is bigger than ever, yet winning, maybe since his fable grew when it looked as yet he competence never be back. And during 42, it’s usually healthy that he’ll be interconnected with players many younger, players who grew adult examination him browbeat a sport.
Being left for what amounted to dual full years kept Woods out of a loop solely for being an partner during a Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. He knows guys in their early 20s, like Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger.
Mackenzie Hughes? Not so much.
The Canadian was interconnected with Woods on Saturday during The Players Championship. They had never met, yet that was on Hughes.
“I was sitting subsequent to him in a locker room eating lunch,” Hughes said. “He was 5 feet from me, yet we had no current forgive to say, ‘Hey, I’m Mackenzie Hughes.’ So we sat there sensitively and listened like a fly on a wall.”
Inside a ropes? That was special.
“It’s 90 degrees, yet we can assure we we had some shivers during times when we hear some of a roars and we realize, ‘I’m personification with Tiger Woods,”‘ he said.
Burgoon is in usually his second full year on a PGA Tour, yet he played with Spieth in a Houston Open and with Rickie Fowler dual years ago in New Orleans. Nothing compared to Sunday during a TPC Potomac.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Burgoon said. “I’ve played with Jordan and Rickie. They move a crowd, yet zero … we mean, that’s a sea of people. Unbelievable.”
Nothing got to Woods like assembly Burns, a 21-year-old from LSU still perplexing to get his PGA Tour card. It was a initial time Woods has played with someone who was half his age, and that wasn’t even a misfortune of it.
The many distinguished actor Woods knows from LSU was David Toms. Burns was teammates with Toms’ son.
“That’s when it kind of strike that there’s been a large turnover and I’ve been divided from a diversion for a while,” Woods said.
Burns pronounced he couldn’t feel a bar in his palm on a initial tee, yet he rubbed a nerves usually fine. He shot 68 and kick Woods by two.
“You see a man on TV, we see him all over a place and you’re station there subsequent to him on a tee box and you’re like, ‘That’s Tiger Woods,”‘ Burns said. “We had a blast. He was super nice. we consider we’re all happy to see him behind personification golf.”