PGA Championship: Golfer says Tiger Woods’ presence remains a huge strength for competitors

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Tiger Woods may be a long way from what he used to be on the golf course, but the aurora borealis are still going strong and affecting young golfers.

Robert McIntyre, who is set to play 10th in the first and second rounds of the PGA Championship starting Thursday, called up on Monday what it was like about Woods at the Masters in April. He said he was on the field of fetch at some point and heard a stampede coming.

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England’s Lee Westwood (left) and Scotland’s Robert McIntyre walk through the second hole during the third round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.
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“I was standing on the golf course during the Masters and it was like a flock coming on,” the 25-year-old said via The Herald Scotland. “You could hear the bang. It was wild. The interest in the event was incredible.”

During the third round of the Masters, McIntyre said he hit a ball in the trees and was hoping he could play it from where it landed. He was worried about getting back to the tee while Woods watched and hid behind him.

“I hit a bad shot and ended up in the tree. I said, ‘I’m not going back to the tee, I know he (Woods) is there.’ But I did. I didn’t even look at him or at his playing partner, Kevin Kesner. But I thought, ‘” He’s just another guy.” I mean, I spoke to Phil (Mickelson) at Torrey Pines Square but Tiger is now the only guy I’d be in awe of playing with.”

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Robert McIntyre of Scotland plays his shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.

Robert McIntyre of Scotland plays his shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.
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McIntyre made it clear that he didn’t want to be in a situation where he couldn’t control his comfort level. He said at the 2019 Open that he removed his name from a group with Ian Poulter inside. He would have ended in a tie for sixth place in the event.

But if Woods wanted to be in his group, that would be a different story.

“I would say, ‘No problem with you coming,’” McIntyre added. “Until that happens, though, I won’t put my name next to his. But I want to play with him. Growing up, it was the best I’ve ever seen. If I get the chance it will be something I will never forget.”

Tiger Woods smiles on the driving range before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf course, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla.

Tiger Woods smiles on the driving range before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf course, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla.
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He didn’t finish better than tied for 49th in the PGA Championship. It will be his third appearance at the event. He achieved two professional wins under his belt: the 2017 Sahara Championship Kuwait on the MENA Tour and facing Aphrodite Hills Cyprus on the European Tour in November 2020.

He kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Southern Hills in Oklahoma for the Thursday PGA Championship. His group includes Ryan Palmer and Alex Noreen.

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Fortunately, Woods will be off at 9:11 a.m. Thursday.

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