I saw the Tiger. Little did I know that I had actually been witness to the Tiger as he roared into golf history once again.
The first time I had an opportunity to see sports history happen before my very eyes I opted to study for a chemistry test.
I'm now putting the big "L" for "Loser" across my forehead. Please, go right ahead. You're welcome to call me a Loser as well. It's okay.
It was May 1, 1991. Ring a bell?
A friend had asked me if I wanted to go see a Rangers/Blue Jays game, at Arlington Stadium.
It's not that I didn't want to go, but I was about to graduate and I didn't want to take any chances not doing well on that chemistry test.
Turns out I passed one test with flying colors, but failed another one miserably.
May 1, 1991 was the night that Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh, and final, no hitter.
You have no idea how sick to my stomach I felt when I woke up the next morning and saw the headlines on the front page of the Dallas newspaper.
This time I can say I was there.
Granted, Tiger would still have to win 4 more PGA tournaments in a row to even tie Texas golf great Byron Nelson's record of 11 straight PGA Tour victories in a row.
But with his seventh in a row at the Buick Invitational yesterday afternoon, Tiger beat his own previous streak and record of six PGA victories in succession.
I finally caught sight of Tiger in person in the second round. He was well down in the pack at that point, and he cried out "C'mon!" after hitting a nasty chip on 15. I then watched in awe as he hit a rocket off 16.
I followed him all the way up to the 18th teebox, where yet another rocket found the right fairway sand trap at least twice (including the final round yesterday), then abandoned the mob to watch the kid (Brant Snedeker, the rookie who led until Sunday before he, too, was eaten by the Tiger).
Sunday partner and friend Charles Howell III summed it up best in the PGA Tour.Com wrap-up: "It ain't easy beating that guy."
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