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Sergeant Makes Birdie Putt for Tiger in Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am
American Forces Press Service ^ | Tim Hipps

Posted on 07/05/2007 6:10:20 PM PDT by SandRat

BETHESDA, Md., July 5, 2007 – A soldier from Fort Belvoir, Va., celebrated the Fourth of July by making the shot of the day in the star-studded Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club here.

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Sgt. Michael Woods of Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., shows Tiger Woods the line for his putt on the seventh hole of the Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md, July 4, 2007. Sergeant Woods was Tiger’s honorary caddie for the hole. Tiger eventually handed the putter to the sergeant, who made the 12-footer for a birdie and a memory that will last a lifetime. Photo by Tim Hipps
  

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Tournament host Tiger Woods has gone out of his way this week to honor servicemen and women at the AT&T National PGA Tour event. He named the Pro-Am in honor of his late father, a 20-year Army veteran. He donated 30,000 tournament tickets to active-duty military personnel.

Army Sgt. Maj. Mia Kelly, of the 1st Information Operations Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Master Sgt. Andy Amor, of Andrews Air Force Base, Md., played the Pro-Am in Woods’ foursome.

But another Woods stole the show on the seventh hole.

Sgt. Michael Woods of the Army Materiel Command was selected to be Tiger’s honorary caddie for just one hole.

As Tiger lined up his birdie putt, he turned to his caddie.

“He asked me to put the bag down and called me over to him, and he asked me: ‘What do you see?’” the sergeant said. “I said: ‘Fairway leans to the right; you should hit it to the left.’ And he said: ‘Here you go.’”

“Show me,” Tiger said as he handed his trusty putter to Sergeant Woods, who promptly knocked down the 12-footer.

And the gallery went wild.

“I think it means a lot to a lot of people,” Sergeant Woods, 32, said of Tiger’s military support. “This is our independence and the birth of our nation, so it was really cool that he put this event on and allowed the military to be a part of it.”

Tiger said he was honored to be surrounded by servicemen and women.

“I grew up with the military – grew up playing golf on a military base,” he said. “That’s where my home golf course was. So being around Mia and Andy and being around our armed services is what I am comfortable with.

“This is what it’s all about. They do so much for us that part of the general public doesn’t really understand or relate to, so for them to go out there and give of themselves and the commitment it takes for them to do what they do, we really wanted to say ‘thank you,’ and this is our small way of saying thank you.”

Sergeant Woods learned at 5:15 a.m. yesterday that he would caddie for Tiger.

“I knew that I would be out here somewhere with a professional golfer; I just didn’t know which one,” he said. “I’ve been playing golf a little bit, trying to get decent at it, and that was probably the best putt I’ve ever seen in my life.

“I'm nervous right now,” Sergeant Woods continued. “I'm shaking.”

The word around Congressional was that Woods gave the putter to the soldier.

“No, I stole it back,” Tiger said. “It’s got 11 majors in it.”

Either way, Tiger made this July 4 one that many soldiers will never forget, particularly Sergeant Woods.

“This is a day I'll remember forever,” he said.

(Tim Hipps works for the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.)
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Click photo for screen-resolution image Army Sgt. Michael Woods and Tiger Woods share a congratulatory handshake after the soldier knocked down a 12-foot birdie putt for Tiger on the seventh hole of the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., July 4, 2007. Photo by Tim Hipps  
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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: birdie; golf; pga; proam; sergeant; tiger; tigerwoods
Sgt. Michael Woods of the Army Materiel Command was selected to be Tiger’s honorary caddie for just one hole.

As Tiger lined up his birdie putt, he turned to his caddie.

“He asked me to put the bag down and called me over to him, and he asked me: ‘What do you see?’” the sergeant said. “I said: ‘Fairway leans to the right; you should hit it to the left.’ And he said: ‘Here you go.’”

“Show me,” Tiger said as he handed his trusty putter to Sergeant Woods, who promptly knocked down the 12-footer.

And the gallery went wild.

1 posted on 07/05/2007 6:10:23 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Good stuff.


2 posted on 07/05/2007 6:13:07 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (Michael Chertoff is a bonehead pessimist that should be dismissed post haste.)
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To: SandRat
Both Tiger and his father is/was a class act.I say Bravo to both!
3 posted on 07/05/2007 6:14:20 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: SandRat
I'm not sure I would be able to strike the ball at all under those circumstances.

Tiger is a class act, no doubt.

L

4 posted on 07/05/2007 6:15:09 PM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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To: SandRat

Just. Plain. Wow.

Many thanks for the post, SandRat! Happy Fourth a day late!


5 posted on 07/05/2007 6:15:42 PM PDT by JennysCool ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -Mencken)
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To: JennysCool

Thanks and the same to you.


6 posted on 07/05/2007 6:16:41 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

What a class act Tiger is!


7 posted on 07/05/2007 6:16:55 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: SandRat

I’d love to see Youtube videos of that!


8 posted on 07/05/2007 6:20:28 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: jazusamo

This story gave me goosebumps! I’m sure Tiger’s father was watching, and smiling, and cheering along with the crowd of heroes!


9 posted on 07/05/2007 6:23:51 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: SandRat

What a stud. Both of them Woods.


10 posted on 07/05/2007 6:28:35 PM PDT by 359Henrie
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To: Judith Anne

I believe you’re right and I don’t think it was an accident that Sgt. Woods holed that putt.


11 posted on 07/05/2007 6:31:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo

Tiger does seem to be a good man. There is no better complement.


12 posted on 07/05/2007 6:33:48 PM PDT by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations... pornography, homosexuality, abortion)
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To: SandRat
Sgt. Woods playing with Tiger Woods.

What are the odds.

Tiger did a great thing for our people in uniform. God Bless him!

13 posted on 07/05/2007 6:41:58 PM PDT by AFreeBird (Will NOT vote for Rudy. <--- notice the period)
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To: jazusamo

bttt

What a class act Tiger is!


14 posted on 07/05/2007 7:13:35 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SandRat
And the gallery went wild.

What an incredible Cinderella story, this unknown comes outta no where....It looks like a mirac - It's in the hole!
15 posted on 07/05/2007 7:14:47 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

ITS IN THE HOLE! ITS IN THE HOLE!


16 posted on 07/05/2007 7:17:28 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: SandRat
That one made my night. Tiger is all right.

His new little one seems to think so too.

17 posted on 07/05/2007 7:21:32 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: B-Chan

lol
I love that movie


18 posted on 07/05/2007 7:25:34 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: george76

who has the pic of Tiger driving from the hanger deck off
a carrier.

He is class...


19 posted on 07/05/2007 8:08:16 PM PDT by maxsand
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To: maxsand

who has the pic of Tiger driving from the hanger deck off
a carrier.

I found it...

http://www.news.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=12190


20 posted on 07/05/2007 8:31:02 PM PDT by maxsand
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To: maxsand

http://www.pga.com/news/tours/pga-tour/gulf030404.cfm


21 posted on 07/05/2007 9:43:57 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SandRat

i doubt he could be convinced to five up the tour but Tiger would be the ultimate candidate to take out a RINO, ie. Graham, in the next election.

I think he could win it going away, especially after this.


22 posted on 07/05/2007 10:01:43 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: SandRat

12 footer under that kind of pressure is very difficult. The stuff of dreams.


23 posted on 07/05/2007 10:11:54 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: maxsand; SandRat

What a great story, SandRat. Bumped my opinion of Tiger up a few more notches.

As a side note on Tiger driving off the hanger deck, it reminds me of an old SeaStory from waaaay back in the 60’s.

Like all good Sea Stories, this one begins with... “Now this is no s#@t.”

We were moored in Subic. Couple of my fellow Divers were having a discussion about who could drive a golf ball the furthest.

To settle the argument, they took Willy’s golf bag back to the DASH flight deck. Teed up using a broom to hold the tee and ball. Mac took the first swing launching the ball out into the bay -except... he hooked it and it landed inside the well deck of a floating drydock. We could hear it bouncing off the bulkheads.

The contest was over and they gathered up the broom and golf bag. Willie was declared the winner without a swing.


24 posted on 07/05/2007 10:30:17 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: SandRat

Bump for a really great story. Thanks for posting it. Tiger is a first class man. I could not have imagined anyone handing over his putter to let his caddie take a birdie shot.


25 posted on 07/05/2007 10:34:11 PM PDT by zot
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To: SandRat

A big salute to Tiger Woods.


26 posted on 07/06/2007 6:25:52 AM PDT by OSTATE (bad cop)
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To: SandRat

Outstanding.


27 posted on 07/06/2007 6:48:02 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: visualops
My favorite Carl Spackler:

'So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.'

28 posted on 07/06/2007 7:12:02 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (Do you trust a government that cannot trust you with guns?)
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To: Hat-Trick

hehe

varmint cong


29 posted on 07/06/2007 10:12:32 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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