By Bob Smiley

Together with his occupation at a standstill and his golfing video game a trifling shadow of its former mediocrity, television author and ESPN.com contributor Bob Smiley determined the time had come to show to the only one that could possibly aid: Tiger Woods. So, in January 2008, Smiley got down to keep on with the game's maximum participant from the gallery for each gap of a whole season. Smiley tailed Tiger from the seashore cliffs of San Diego to the deserts of Dubai, in the course of the hallowed gates of Augusta nationwide, and directly to arguably the best U.S. Open of all time, at Torrey Pines—where, in a mythical duel with charismatic journeyman Rocco Mediate, Woods received his fourteenth significant . . . on one leg. instructed from the viewpoint of a real golfing fan, stick with the Roar is a once-in-a-lifetime event throughout the such a lot dazzling and encouraging season in Tiger Woods' celebrated profession.

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Officer Brian Freymueller is big. Six-feet-five and solid. He doesn’t need a billy club; he looks as if he could do just as much damage with a paper towel roll. And for the first two days, he’s been a tough guy to crack. On Thursday, I mustered the courage to ask him if he’s allowed to enjoy this. He wouldn’t answer. On Friday, he laid into a college kid who ran under a marshal’s ropes, nearly melting him with his Ray-Bans. But as I lean around the corner of 10 to see where Tiger’s approach has landed, Freymueller is suddenly next to me giving color commentary, “He’s about fifteen feet hole high.

The next day the ratings come in and tell you a few million people were watching, but you never know if they actually enjoyed it. Frozen Meat Girl is temporarily distracted by Gandalf and Frodo, so I wait. After a few minutes she looks back up at the TV, scrunches up her nose, realizes what she’s watching (or, perhaps even worse, isn’t), and, for the first time in the flight, turns the TV off. Tiger Woods never rests on past accomplishments. He makes new goals, looks ahead. I’m not that secure, which explains why I put down my book, flip on my episode, and begin laughing out loud at jokes I wrote three years ago.

He wouldn’t answer. On Friday, he laid into a college kid who ran under a marshal’s ropes, nearly melting him with his Ray-Bans. But as I lean around the corner of 10 to see where Tiger’s approach has landed, Freymueller is suddenly next to me giving color commentary, “He’s about fifteen feet hole high. ” Glad to see he’s loosening up, I tell him I guess this beats waiting for someone to roll through a stop sign. As he thinks of a reason to arrest me, I slink back into the crowd. 12:34 PM • Tiger hits his best shot of the day on the downhill, 220-yard 11th.

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