Bob Gillespie



Tiger Alert: Golf’s biggest name practices for PGA at Kiawah, leaves impressed

Posted 8/4/2012 8:15:00 AM

Members of the Kiawah Island resort staff working at The Ocean Course on Tuesday probably did a double-take when a certain familiar face walked in after an early practice round for the 2012 PGA Championship, which begins Monday.

Tiger Woods – it’s hard to mistake him for anyone else – squeezed in the familiarization round on the Pete Dye-designed, 7,676-yard seaside layout. No wonder: Woods was still in high school when the course debuted with the 1991 Ryder Cup, and he was too young for the 2007 Senior PGA.

“I need some more practice rounds on it for sure,” Woods said a day later during a press conference at the World Golf Championships (WGC) Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio. “But I did most of our charting. I’d still like to see it under different wind conditions, because we only played one wind (Tuesday).”

The Charleston Post & Courier reported that in addition to Woods, The Ocean Course has gotten early scouting visits by British Open runner-up Adam Scott, 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and recent U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson. Bishopville, S.C., native Tommy Gainey played a practice round there Wednesday.

The tournament week begins Monday, with first-round play on Thursday. The Washington Post also reported on the practice rounds. It’s never too soon to work on your Tiger fix, after all.