HAVEN, Wis. -- Following Tiger Woods at a golf tournament is an experience.
For one, to see one of the greatest ever to play the game, in person. For another, to observe the organized chaos, the characters and the buzz of a Tiger Woods gallery.
There hasn't been as much energy and buzz in his crowds this year. But still, just him approaching his ball elicits countless "Let's go, Tiger!" or "You got this, Tiger!" from his huge crowds. Even when he's nearly 10 shots back on a Thursday of a major. And even when he's fallen to No. 278 in the world rankings.
"Tiger, c'mon man! We didn't drive three hours to watch you leave putts two-and-a-half feet short.
"Doesn't it look like he's just given up? Where's that bounce in his step? Maybe he's just out here to sell clothes and clubs to people."
"It's not like he's even struggling that bad. I don't get this. His drives are OK. He just really can't make any putts.
(Husband to wife): "Honey, I wish I could explain how good Tiger was in his prime. I mean, I don't think you understand just how good this guy was."
*(Wife) *"Babe, I think I understand. You've told me thousands of times. I get it."
"How many girlfriends you think he's got in Wisconsin?" His buddy: "How ever many he wants."
(After bogeying the sixth hole from just off the green) "That's not good. That's really bad actually. Making bogeys from off the green? That's the kind of bogey golf we all play."
"Whaddya say, Fred? Let's find him a cute putting coach. Maybe that's the way to get him to pay attention."
"This is something I've always wanted to do. Doesn't matter how he's playing. I can say I watched Tiger Woods in person."