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Tiger Woods, Struggling on Course, Still Pleases Crowds

Mike DeNardo Mike DeNardo
Mike DeNardo, a veteran of KYW Newsradio for more than 25 years,...
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by KYW’s Mike DeNardo

He wasn’t at the top of his golf game, but Tiger Woods didn’t disappoint the thousands of golf fans who watched him at the AT&T National tournament that wrapped yesterday at Aronimink golf course in Delaware County, Pa.

(sound of crowd groaning)

Tiger Woods struggled on the greens, finishing one over par for the day and four over for the tournament.

But after his round, Woods told KYW’s Ed Abrams that he appreciated the 200,000 fans who turned out at Aronimink:

“It was incredible.  It really was.  The people came out in droves and they supported the event. And they were extremely respectful of all the players, which is all you could ask for.”

John Conti, of Willow Grove, Pa., said the huge crowds were a show of appreciation for what Woods has done for the game of golf:

“That’s the biggest reason. He’s our American hero. And let’s hope that everybody can put the past behind them as I’m sure he’s trying to do right now.”

Woods even signed autographs for fans who found themselves along the barricades, in the right place at the right time.