Clear air


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The single-engine plane that began circling overhead just as Tiger Woods made the turn on Thursday at Quail Hollow was not a hired publicity stunt aimed at mocking the world No. 1 like some had feared.

Instead, the plane was hired by tournament officials to take aerial shots of the tournament in progress, Quail Hollow’s director Kym Hougham said.

Hougham also dismissed reports that Quail Hollow had persuaded authorities to clear the airspace over the tournament to avoid the type of situation that occurred earlier this month at Augusta National when a plane pulled two separate banners mocking Woods’ off-course troubles. Hougham did say officials had spoken to the FAA about potential problems.