AUGUSTA, Ga. — There’s a reason there’s no running at Augusta National, folks: you might just take out a four-time champion.
In other words: careful what you wish for when you wish for 15 minutes of fame.
Tiger Woods had just punched out of the woods along the 14th fairway when a highly overzealous Georgia Bureau of Investigation security guard, determined to keep the surging patrons at bay — visor-and-golf-shirt-wearing Augusta National patrons, remember, not a pack of ravenous dogs — slipped and nearly snapped Woods’ ankle.
The issue here is that Woods is, at age 43, basically held together with spit and rubber bands. He’s had back and knee surgeries, he’s lost entire years to injury ... it’s not out of the realm of imagination that the guard could have undone all the work that Woods put in to get back to this level.
“I'm fine,” Woods said afterward. “Accidents happen. I've had galleries run over me, it's just, you know, when you play in front of a lot of people, things happen.”
Woods would go on to birdie the hole, so the effect of the slide wasn’t immediate. In fact, Woods would birdie the next two holes to finish the day within a stroke of the lead.
Even so, we’d bet that particular GBI security guard won’t be on fairway detail this time tomorrow. There are toilets that need watching, after all.
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