Newport Golf Fans Caught in Tiger’s Tail
Newport may be the home of the Tigers, but there is one Tiger that is not particularly welcome in one certain Newport home.
On Sunday afternoon, during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston course, Newport residents Bernie and Susan Dresser, along with friends Steve and Lynn Hazelton, were sitting in their chairs just off the fifth green as Tiger Woods lofted his second shot from the fairway on the par four hole.
“Once the ball got into the air, I couldn’t see it,” Susan Dresser said. “Then it came down and took one bounce and hit Bernie’s left shoulder and dropped into his chair next to his left hip.”
Moments later, marshals came up and told Dresser, 48, not to move. Next thing he knew, Tiger Woods was standing over him, asking the marshals where the ball was located. Dresser and Woods didn’t have to look far — he was virtually sitting on the ball. Dresser pointed out the ball’s position to the world’s No. 1 player, who had only one thing to say: “Beautiful.”
“I got a little excited when I saw him coming, because most golfers who hit a fan will apologize and ask if they are OK,” said Dresser. “I also know that lots of golfers will give you a ball or something when they hit you. For instance, Phil Mickelson carries a signed glove he gives to people he hits.”
So Dresser just bided his time. After all, there was a tournament going on.
So he remained seated while Tiger put a tee down below the ball. The marshals then had Dresser get up and move his chair to allow Tiger to get a free drop.
According to Dresser, the ball rolled back a bit after the drop, before Tiger played his third shot which dropped just short of the green. Putting out, Woods took an eventual bogey five on the hole.
Watching the golfers finish the hole, Dresser was hoping that maybe Tiger would throw him a ball — or in some way acknowledge him.
“I understand he has his name on his ball, so that would have been neat to have one of those,” said Dresser.
But it was not to be. According to Bernie Dresser, Tiger just walked off the green.
“I should have yelled, ‘Tiger, I’m OK,’ ” Dresser said.
Later in the round, tourney winner Henrik Stenson hit a ball that landed a few feet in front of the Dresser party.
“Stenson first addressed his ball, and then took a look around and nicely asked us if we wouldn’t mind moving back a few feet,” said Dresser.
The difference in demeanor of the two golfers probably had something to do with the difference on the scoreboard.
Woods shot a 73 for the day and 280 for the tournament, finishing 18 strokes behind Stenson, who walked away with the top prize of $1,440,000.
This was the second year the Dressers have gone to this event. Despite the two-hour rain delay and the unusual visit from Woods, the Dressers expect to return again next year.
This article has been amended to correct an earlier error. Henrik Stenson was the winner of last weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship held at TPC Boston. His name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.