Player, captain, ambassador. In Australia, Tiger Woods is playing.

<pre><pre>Player, captain, ambassador. In Australia, Tiger Woods is playing.


One of the first fans to come to the River Walk event on Monday was David Ku, a local pharmacist who showed up in the 90-degree heat 90 minutes before the scheduled start with a long-sleeved hoodie. There was a modified Masters logo on the front. The outline of the United States, from which the pin flag sticks out at about the Georgian point, had changed into the shape of a goat. On the back are the dates of Woods' five Masters wins: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019.

"The short-sleeved shirts haven't arrived yet," Ku shrugged.

He also wore a baseball cap with the TW emblem and a tiger driver headgear on his hand like a puppet. In the other hand he was holding a vinyl figure of a miniature wood.

"This is probably the only opportunity to ever see him," said Ku, who explained why his respect for Woods, perhaps the best athlete of all time, had recently become a full-blown fandom.

"He seems to be having more fun," said Ku, who was also moved by Wood's embrace of his two children after his Masters win in April. "He is just a father who is now playing for his children."

At the beginning of the event, Ku & # 39; s unobstructed view of the stage was destroyed by a phalanx of photographers. Ku & # 39; s lookout was better on Tuesday than he was with Woods & # 39; Group ran over the course and managed to stake out places directly behind the ropes of the gallery. Despite the cold, drizzle, and windy weather, several thousand people watched Woods.

On a par-3 in the first nine, Woods was about to bounce off the green when a spectator behind him shouted, "We love you, tiger."

Woods stopped what he was doing. "I love you too," he said. His words trigger a giggle among his obsessed fans, whose interest this week is with the international team, but whose hearts are clearly somewhere else.