Tigermania Hits Australia – It Was Like Beatlemania…You Know, If The Beatles Had Been Golfers
Tiger Woods arrived in Australia on Monday via private jet and was given a reception worthy of a rock star, possibly Jesus, as thousands gathered to greet the golfer.
A helicopter buzzed ahead and waves of people stood and gawked while Woods played nine holes in preparation for the Australian Masters. I mean, look at the photo above…it’s a virtual Where’s Waldo?, for crying out loud.
This is Tiger’s first trip to Australia in 11 years – the last time was for the President’s Cup in Melbourne in 1998 – and even he was taken aback by the frenzy.
“No, (the reception) is not normal. Thank God it’s not normal,” the 14-time major champion told reporters. “You don’t normally see this many people at a practice round, certainly, maybe at a major championship.”
I’m sure it was flattering, but I bet the $3 million put up by the state government of Victoria just for Tiger to show up certainly helps bring a smile to his face.
Tiger, as expected, said all the right things, referred to the weather as “hot as hell” and went on his merry way to prep for the tournament.
Must be nice.
The weather in Australia this time of year, I mean. Being Tiger Woods? I guess that would be okay, too.
Woods bemused by warm Australian reception [Reuters]