CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Maybe the novelty has worn off, or maybe – like Michael Jordan – a 6 a.m. wakeup call is too early for those who live in this slice of southern heaven. Either way, Tiger Woods’ Wednesday pro-am round at the Quail Hollow Championship has a distinctly different feel to it than his outings at Augusta National earlier this month.
Crowds, although large for a Wednesday pro-am, have been largely reserved and no more than two or three rows deep around greens and tees. Some of that could be Woods’ play.
The world No. 1 went eight holes before posting his first birdie, a chip-in from in front of the green at the par-4 ninth, and scrambled from green-side bunkers for par at Nos. 2 and 6.
Of course, the crowd could be saving its enthusiasm for the afternoon matinee of Fred Couples and Jordan, who played with Woods in the Wednesday pro-am a few years ago but rumor has it he passed on this week’s outing because Woods went off so early (7:30 a.m.).