EVENT: Final round of the PGA Championship, Valhalla Golf Club,
DATE: Aug. 20
"In my experience, your emotional connection to the tournament
is much enhanced when you're there, which I have often been.
However, I was watching the PGA Championship on TV in my living
room and have never been more captivated. That had everything to
do with Tiger.
"On 15, [Bob] May has a four-footer for birdie. Tiger has a very
difficult 15-footer to save par. I'm thinking, He'll miss, May
will make, he'll have a three-shot lead with three to play, he'll
win the PGA.
"Tiger stalks the putt the way I've never seen a putt stalked
before, but there's a total calm about him. No manifestation of
panic whatsoever. The camera is following him. I feel as if I'm
right in his eyes. That doesn't happen on TV, but that's how I
felt. Arnold Palmer had that same quality. He made TV alive.
"Tiger makes, May misses, Tiger wins his third straight major.
"I knew that had I been in that spot, I would've been thinking
about defeat. The only thing Tiger was thinking about was making
Woods's PGA Tour earnings in 2000, which alone would place him
20th on the alltime money list. (His winnings from '99 and '00,
$15.8 million, put him atop the career list.)
Tiger's average winnings per start in 2000.
HOW MUCH HE WON PER ROUND.