A plaque adjacent to the 18th green of the South Course in Torrey Pines will be unveiled on Tuesday to commemorate one of Tiger Woods' most legendary moments. Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines in 2008, pocketed from 3.5 meters on the 72nd hole to force a play-off against compatriot Rocco Mediate.
Tiger Woods, the cerimony
On the plaque are the words of the NBC commentator when the putt fell: "Were you expecting something different?" Unfortunately Woods will not be at the ceremony. The 45-year-old will remain at his home in Florida, where he is still recovering from the catastrophic leg injuries he sustained in a car accident in February.
Woods turned down an invitation from NBC to participate in the telecast. As always, he will allow his golf to speak. And to Dan Hicks. A veteran of six Olympics, Hicks is a household name in the United States, known for his "calls" on each of Michael Phelps' eight gold records in Beijing in 2008 and many other sports, including American football and basketball.
Still, from his home in Connecticut last week, he admitted that one of his comments of him stood out over all the others. "There's no question," said Hicks, 59. "There are people who always come to tell me where he was when Tiger punched that putt.
That's when you can tell how great a moment was. And if I'm on the golf course and I lose a putt, then one of my friends, or even some other golf player nearby, always yells, "Were you expecting something different?" I am honored to be connected to one of the pivotal moments in Tiger's career.
The whole week was built for those few seconds on the final green and for the next day's 18-hole play-off. It was like a soap opera. You just couldn't take your eyes off Tiger" Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada.
He wrote an article for the LPGA web site. "I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history. People view us now as married people.
We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years. When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay.
But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot. I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye.
Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men. I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more.
It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin. My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them.
I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends. Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman.
I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time.
And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears"